Wanderlust (oz13426)


Wanderlust (oz13426) by Arthur Novotny from Flying Models 1952 - plan thumbnail

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Wanderlust. Free flight power model for 1/2A engines.

Quote: "Here's a diamond-shaped fuselage job from California that should really go places. Wanderlust, by Arthur J Novotny

This little ship was designed to take advantage of all that a 1/2A engine could put out, and it has lived up to all the specifications set down for it. The ship flies in tight right spirals, flying on the wing and not hanging on the prop.

When the engine cuts, the model pops out into a flat glide, and does not have that sickening altitude-losing stall. The glide is fast and very flat, and the ship seems to hunt around for thermals, so a good dethermalizer is a must.

The actual construction of this ship is simplicity in itself. The plans are drawn half-size, unless otherwise indicated, and should be scaled up to full size before beginning construction.

FUSELAGE: The basic fuselage is of 1/8 square, very hard balsa. Cut out the landing gear bulkhead and bolt the gear to it; cut out the 1/8 plywood firewall, cement the motor mount nuts to the rear side, and then assemble them to the basic fuselage structure. Sand the fuselage and cover with medium-soft 1/32 balsa. Set the whole thing aside to dry.

STAB & RUDDER: Next cut out the stabilizer ribs, and assemble the stab-ilizer. Add the tips, and then sand the leading and trailing edges to a knife-like edge. By this time the fuselage will be dry, so cut into its rear just enough to let the stabilizer slip through. Cement the stabilizer to the edges of the fuselage that touch the leading edge and the center rib. Then, cut out the rudder, sand it to a streamline shape, and cement it to the fuselage and stabilizer. Again set the whole assembly aside to dry thoroughly.

WING & PYLON: The pylon uses a sheet of 1/8 balsa as a center core, and is cemented to the top of the fuselage. Add the 1/16 balsa stiffener to the bottom of the pylon, flat against the side of the fuselage, and the 1/8 balsa platform to the top of the pylon. Cut and fit the 1/32 sheet sides to the pylon, and cement them to the pylon. Add the 1/16 plywood wing rest, and the wire wing hold-down pegs. Cut out the wing ribs and completely assemble the wing.

Add the tips and the 1/16 balsa platform to the bottom side of the three center ribs. Trim the center rib down 1/32 and cement a 1/32 x strip over the rib to take the strain of the wing-mounting rubber bands..."

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Wanderlust (oz13426) by Arthur Novotny from Flying Models 1952 - model pic

  • (oz13426)
    by Arthur Novotny
    from Flying Models
    April 1952 
    34in span
    IC F/F Pylon
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 01/11/2021
    Filesize: 318KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: theshadow

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Wanderlust... Does this mean any propensity to break free and go O.O.S.?
Miguel - 11/11/2021
That is why us old folks put in rudder and elevate controls,
RC=Real Careful! Wander all you want, be home in time for dinner:-)
Eflyer7 - 11/11/2021
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