Miss Simplicity (oz13456)
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Miss Simplicity. Simple all-sheet rubber sport model.
Quote: "For fun galore with little work, nothing beats a good all-balsa ROG. Miss Simplicity, by Henry Gordon.
Most modelers consider the basic ROG kid stuff. But, if every old timer were to tell the truth, they would admit to many happy, pleasurable hours derived from this type of plane.
Only a fundamental understanding of sheet balsa and the adjustment of models is required to build and fly this particular plane. Sheet balsa of uniform texture is needed, so select your wood with this in mind. Avoid wing wood with hard or soft spots through the grain. The correct wood will assure clean undercamber throughout the wing length and prevent tlat or bowed sections after the wing is shaped upon the wing former.
To facilitate the shaping of the wing, apply light, clear dope to the undersection of the wing. To shape the wing, hold it to its proper form while the dope is drying. To prevent warpage, don't apply dope to the stabilizer or rudder.
At the very least, three coats of dope should be put on the Fuselage. This will both protect it and keep it clean. The wire parts are easily shaped with a pair of round nosed pliers. Note the form of the propeller hook. Bend it very carefully so that the free-wheeling unit will work smoothly.
The assembly of this hook to the prop is done next. Bend the nose, or free-wheeling lock, first. Now slip a small, light washer (made from .005 brass shim stock) over the shaft and solder to the flat section at the lock. This washer will prevent the tension spring from riding over the lock.
The small tension spring may be obtained from your Model Dealer or it can be made from .010 or .012 control-line wire by winding it at home yourself. Slip the spring in place and insert the prop shaft. Remember at this point to place another small washer between the spring and the hub. After putting the hook into the prop, you can then bend the motor hook end and the prop shaft is finished.
Propeller carving shouldn't prove difficult at all. Use a very sharp pen knife to whittle out the approximate form and finish shaping with sandpaper. Mark the prop outlines to the dimensions shown on the plan. Start your carving on the lower surfaces first. Take long slicing strokes for the outline. Diagonal strokes are necessary for correct shaping of the undercamber in the prop..."
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