About this Plan
Orion. Radio control pattern plane.
The Orion (oz927) first appeared in MAN June 1960. This here is the Orion plan as it appeared when kitted by Top Flite.
Update 13/5/2022: Have moved the Top Flite Orion manual across to this listing. Previously it was a supplement to the MAN plan at Orion (oz927)
Quote: "The designer says: Orion was designed and developed especially for contest work. For a complete run-down on some of the design features refer to the June, 1960 issue of Model Airplane News. This kit is the most advanced and complete R/C kit produced to date. It is exactly as the original model with a few improvements.
In a high performance contest model good workmanship is essential. Most important of all, flying surfaces must be true - more on this later. The ship should be flown with a minimum of eight channels, and not rudder only. At this writing the prototype has had a full season of contest flying with no weak points showing up. In spite of the advanced design the Orion is simple to build..."
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Update 14/5/2022: Added decal pdf, thanks to JeffGreen.
Update 15/5/2022: Added kit review from Flying Models, May 1961, thanks to RFJ.
Quote: "FM Review: Winner of 1960 RC World Championship. The Top Flite Orion.
To lift the lid on this kit is truly an experience. When first we gazed at the innard's of the new Top Flite 'Orion' kit version of Ed Kazmirski's World beater, we were at a total loss to find a fault. Kit design has come a long long way, and it is designs such as this that set the pace.
Designed for multi channel only, for .45 displacement mills, the Orion kit seems to be a study in things done well, and completely. The price is $27.95, and may strike most as more costly than any kit they have tackled to date. There is a reason. To see its content, the physical size of the craft, grade of wood, fabrication, plan detail, molded nylon hinges and the like, you may well wonder if it is underpriced.
It was our feeling upon close examination, that we would build this kit up, without replacing one scrap of wood. Warp free, fine in texture, finish and die-cut crisply. Parts removed with ease from the die-cut sheets.
Contents within are displayed in the photo. All die-cut parts were removed from the sheets for clarity of content, and received nothing more than a single whisk of fine sandpaper.
Two 35 x 45 in plans, printed single side, display side view full size; top view; cross sections; left and right wing panel; rib section; RC installation drawings; aileron linkage details; spar sections; three view; isometrics; gear details and other helpful aids.
Span is 68 in, area 690 sq inches, and a fuselage of 47 in overall. 5-1/2 degrees dihedral, .45 power recommended.
A large bubble canopy is provided, three color decals, an eight page as-sembly and operating manual, a 1.6 Power Prop, and 3/32 piano wire formed gears, stand out among the contents.
Not glimpsed at first, but welcome indeed are the one piece die-cut fuselage sides, 5-1/2 x 36 in. Four other sheets 4 x 36 are also included, an unusually wide width.
A group of wire, cable and tubing lengths are included, as are ten assorted blocks and hardwood parts. Top fuselage block is shaped, hollowed, 3-1/2 x 27 in dimension. Fifty nine die-cut parts, as well as 121 balsa die-cuts all told. Add to this eighteen 36 in lengths of strip and shaped parts, thirteen shorter lengths, and 132 pieces of hardware.
This hardware has to be seen. It is packed in two plastic envelopes, and contains molded nylon bellcranks and aileron hinges, as well as enough nuts and bolts to wear out your tools.
As the accompanying pix disclose, structure is clean and conventional for this type of craft. Experienced RC flyers will welcome it. The low wing design is reportedly smooth and fast in flight, and as 'World Champ', it certainly can perform.
Actuated controls: Rudder, aileron, elevator, engine speed. Tailwheel is steerable, fitted with a friction brake. Good RC gear access, short nose and long tail moment.
This design may well become a standard. It should be around for a long time to come."
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