Heinrich Victor Scout (oz13848)
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Heinrich Victor Scout (Heinrich Pursuit). Control line scale model biplane fighter. For .09 to .14 engines.
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Update 26/5/2022: Added article, thanks to Pit.
Quote: "A realistic, reliable scale job for the U-control fan. It's the Heinrick-Victor, sleek-as-a-whistle bipe built at the end of World War One. Swell job. By Dick Ealy.
The Victor Scout was an experimental pursuit fighter plane produced in November, 1917 for the US. It had advanced streamlining for its time and performance was over 100 mph with a Gnome 90 hp engine. A blunt but rounded spinner covered the prop hub and a tight fitting cowl similar to an NACA type faired the engine into a round monocoque wood fuselage.
The model was designed by the author, and built and flown by Richard Jameson. The faired landing gear and single 'I' type wing struts contribute to make a sleek looking WWI fighter. It is .8 inch to 1 ft scale, and powered by an .074 Cub engine which flies the ten oz plane easily, although engines up to the new .14 Cub engine may be used. The ship takes off quickly and looks like the real thing in the air. A shock absorbing landing gear gives smooth and gentle landings.
Two soft balsa blocks, each 1-11/32 x 2-11/16 x 12 in are tack cemented together. Draw profile and saw away surplus wood. Sand surface smooth. Draw top pattern on block and saw away surplus wood; sand smooth. Use knife to carve corners off to sections shown. Sandpaper smooth with 2-0.
Separate balsa blocks and gouge inside as shown. Cut cockpit hole in top block. Attach 2 in bellcrank to 1/16 x 1-1/4 x 2-1/4 plywood mount with 4-40 machine screws and stop nuts. Cement plywood into upper shell.
Make tail from 1/16 hard sheet balsa and round edges with sand paper. Install cloth hinges and tail horn which is wrapped around elevator and cemented. Insert tail in fuselage and cement in place and add rudder.
Make tin gas tank 1/2 x 3/4 x 1-7/8 and solder 3/8 tin mounting strap as shown. Secure to fuselage bottom with small screws as shown. Bend up 1/32 steel wire loop in tailskid and insert through bottom fuselage. Bend ends as shown and cement.
Attach .025 steel lead wires to bellcrank and let them stick out. Cement two fuselage blocks together permanently. Make 1/8 plywood firewall and attach tin nut plate to rear, cowl clip to front as shown with two 2-56 machine screws and nuts. Cement firewall to fuselage. Attach engine with 4-40 machine screws.
Both wings are cut to outline from 3/16 x 4 in medium balsa stock. Use blockplane to shape airfoil. Sand with 2-0 and #400 paper. Remove section of fuselage bottom to cement lower wing in place. Bottom of wing should be parallel to split line of fuselage. Make 1/16 plywood struts. Imbed center struts 1/8 and cement. Cement upper wing to struts. Check to see bottom of wing is parallel with fuselage split line. Cement outer struts..."
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