Buccaneer Jr (oz13557)
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Buccaneer Jr. Free flight model for CO2 or rubber power. Wing area 80 sq in.
Quote: "A mini version of a popular old-timer, for CO2 power. Baby Buccaneer, by DB Mathews.
This little model came into being in a rather unusual manner. Part of the merchandise prizes at the 3rd Annual Texas Scale Championships were plans donated by John Pond. Someone handed me the original drawings for the Berkeley Buccaneer Junior. One look and I knew I'd stumbled onto an excellent CO2 size model with classic lines and excellent proportions. That peculiar chemistry of intuition, experience and plain luck produced a model that met all my expectations.
One is tempted to write a lengthy essay on the history of Bill Effinger's Berkeley Models, but let's leave that for some other time. Sufficient for now will be just a thumbnail sketch for those who can't recall the magic associated with the catalogues and advertisements from 230 Steuben St, Brooklyn, NY. Bill Effinger designed and kitted one of the very earliest gas-powered models the Buccaneer (oz5796) first advertising it in MAN, March 1936. In May 1937 the much improved Super Buccaneer (oz5445) was advertised, followed by the Buccaneer Standard (oz5444) in November 1937. This enlarging or reducing of a basic design became a 'Buccaneer' trademark, ultimately the '48,' '36,' 'B and C Specials,' 'Buccaneer 30' and, in 1941, a '50¢ Buccaneer Jr' for rubber power all became part of the vast number of kits produced by Berkeley Models.
The line included literally hundreds of kits fashioned by such designers as Henry Struck (American Ace), Dick Korda (Powerhouse), Jim Saftig (Zilch), Keith Storey (Keydet), Ben Shereshaw (Cavalier), Walt Good (Rudderbug), Denny Davis (Sandy Hogan), and McGovern (Privateer); along with 'house' designs, boats, accessories, and AIR-O-TROL radio gear. Bill Effinger's Berkeley models ended up in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1960, and were subsequently sold to Sig, whose line today contains a few of the kits originally designed and developed as long ago as 1940. Examples are Struck's Stinson L-5 and Interstate Cadet, and Hollinger's J-3 Cub (although much improved).
In summary, Bill Effinger was certainly a pioneer who made quality kits available to early modelers. Many joyous hours building Berkeley kits have been spent over the years by many of us. The Berkeley story is an excellent example of the power of the free enterprise system; Effinger claimed to have developed his empire by reinvesting the profits over and over again. He had no Federal grants. no Industrial Revenue bonds, yet prospered very nicely. The red and white boxes have disappeared from the shelves of hobby shops, but the memory is still very vivid.
The original Buccaneer Jr was designed with a 3/32 sq strip box fuselage, tiny part sections for tips and outlines, and had a generally flimsy structure. The Pond plans are from an original kit and do not show patterns for the fuselage formers nor any prop dimensions. I mention this to warn you that the construction of this version is vastly altered for construction simplicity and should not be considered authentic; however, the dimensions and profiles are exact. The objective was to develop a durable. easy-to-build model with good sport-flying characteristics. The objective has been met most satisfactorily. Let's build one.
WINGS: Cover plan with Saran Wrap. Make a 3/32 ply rib pattern and cut out the ribs from a stack of balsa blanks. The tips can be constructed in the conventional (old-fashioned) manner, but laminated bass is really a superior method. Just cut some 1/32 x 3/32 strips, or purchase pre-stripped wood from the model railroad shop. Soak the strip in water, coat inside piece with thin white glue, and gently bend the laminations around the plan outline using pins to hold shape. Laminations need 12 hours or so to dry... "
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User commentsThe nose section is markably longer than on any of the other Buccaneer derivatives. One would assume it is to fix CG in the absence of a heavy motor & fuel tank.
KvdB - 13/01/2022
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