Travel Air 2000 (oz13547)
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Travel Air 2000. Control line scale model, for Fox .25 engine.
Quote: "From the open-cockpit goggle days of the 'twenties comes this authentic flying scale model for controlline fans. Travel Air 2000, by Frank W Beatty.
The scale model fan has always shown a special fondness for the open cockpit biplane types. These grand old ships earned this admiration with their dogfighting, barnstorming and stunt exhibitions during aviation's 'fly by the seat of your pants' era.
One of the handsomest and best proportioned examples of this type, from the modeler's viewpoint, was the Travel Air 2000. Once Joseph Nieto's fine Travel Air drawings were published (MAN, 2/53), this ship must then inevitably reappear on these pages in model form.
The model featured has a 34-1/2 in wingspan, is powered by a Fox .25 and weighs about 26 oz. Although not so heavy that she won't fly well, stunting in this ship is somewhat limited. The ship has the finish and detail of a contest performer, yet is constructed ruggedly enough for weekend flying. Now that you have fallen for this little charmer, let's talk about building one for you. This ship is not uncommonly difficult to build; however, it is advisable that close attention be given to the order of construction.
Let's start with the top wing first. Pin down the 1/8 x 3/8 spar; then assemble and cement to it the center section ribs A, the 3/8 x 1/2 in LE and the 7/16 block at the TE. When this is dry, the 1/16 dia cabane strut attachment wires may be pushed through ribs A and cemented well. The remaining ribs, TE and tips can then be assembled.
Parts for the lower wing should be assembled and cemented. When these are dry, the two panels may be cemented to the 1/8 plywood joiner. The wing roots should be sheet-covered on the top side only at this time..."
Travel Air, MAN, June 1956.
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