Gamin (oz13660)


Gamin (oz13660) by Vic Smeed 1965 - plan thumbnail

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Gamin. Free flight cabin power sport trainer model. Wingspan 39-1.2 in, for .5 to .8 cc engines.

Note this plan was published in the Vic Smeed book 'Aeromodelling' (RCL#1065) published by Foyles, 1965. See Mary's page at for the full text.

Quote: "This 39-1/2 in sport model, for under 1 cc engines, is straightforward to build and fly. Much of the model is similar in principle to the Waif sailplane already described; the body is a little more complex, the wing if anything simpler, and the tail surfaces much the same.

First lay out the fuselage sides as drawn; each can be cut from one 4 in wide sheet if available, but otherwise cut each in two pieces as shown and cement and butt join along the meeting edges. Trace or measure the bulkheads; the material thickness is specified for each and it is of course balsa unless ply is stated. Measure your engine carefully and space the bearers to suit - any .5 to .8 cc diesel or glow motor can be used, and a later note describes fitting a radial mounted motor.

Mark the bulkhead positions on the inside of each fuselage side and bend the undercarriage to shape. Use a heavy pair of pliers or a bench vice and ease the wire into the bends with firm steady pressure; do not try to make sharp bends, but radius them as in the drawing on the full-size bulkhead B2. Cut the wire by filing a nick all round and breaking with pliers. Drill or pierce the holes shown in B2 and nick the edges where shown. Lay the undercarriage in position and bind it in place by using very strong thread in a stout needle. Use at least two strands of thread between each pair of holes, and coat the completed binding with cement.

Now lay one fuselage side on the edge of the board as sketched and cement in bulkheads B2, 3, and 4, skewing pins through to hold them firm and square while the cement dries. The undercarriage will hang over the edge of the board which should of course be at the edge of the work-bench. When dry carefully cement the other side to these three bulkheads making sure it is in alignment. Allow to dry, then draw the tail ends together..."

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Quote: "Greetings, my name is Erick, from Mexico. I am fascinated by model airplanes, however, I was very shocked to discover that there are old models with a beautiful aesthetic appearance; on this amazing web page I have found many very good plans, for this reason, I try to contribute something small (compared to all that you have contributed to model airplanes by making this web page) from the designs of the great lord Vic Smeed (I am his fan for his famous Tomboy).

There is a sister page (RC Library) to Outerzone where I downloaded the book from: Aeromodeling by Vic Smeed from Foyles Handbooks in its first publication from 1965, when I read it I noticed there are several designs not found on the page by Outerzone. From this book, I have made a vector drawing of the 'Gamin', it is on page 49... I am not an expert in handling Corel Draw, which is the software with which I have done it.

I just want to contribute positively to aeromodelism, his website and pay tribute to Mr Vic Smeed for his unparalleled dedication to such a noble hobby-scientific sport that is model airplanes."

Note this planfile is a PDF in vector format, which has been exported from the Corel file. See supplement CAD zipfile for the original Corel cdr file.

Supplementary file notes

Article (chapter five of the book).

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Gamin (oz13660) by Vic Smeed 1965 - model pic

  • (oz13660)
    by Vic Smeed
    from Aeromodelling: Foyles Handbook
    39in span
    IC F/F Cabin
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 23/02/2022
    Filesize: 1702KB
    Format: • PDFvector • CADfile
    Credit*: ErickGalaz
    Downloads: 634

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A fine tribute to the "great lord Vic Smeed", thank you Erick. For those of the linguistically challenged ilk, 'Gamin' means 'kid, boy, child, gamin (again!), lad, small boy, guy, laddie, tad, shaver', so I'm told.
Miguel - 03/03/2022
Hi all, I came across a copy of the Foyles Handbook on Aeromodelling in the second-hand book store of my local hospital. Going back through my old photos I have found two, not very good, pictures of the Gamin [main pic, 003] built from the plan in thebook. It was powered by an AE 0.5 diesel and flew very well, being quite a light model. I seem to recall that Vic suggested that it could be converted to RC. With today's miniature equipment this would be very possible with little increase in weight. The photos are dated January 1998.
Dick Edwards - 04/03/2022
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