Howard Mike (oz13879)
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Howard Mike (Howard DGA-4). Rubber scale model racer.
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Quote: "Building a Flying Scale Model of the Howard 'Mike' to the 1 inch Scale. By Virgilio Sturiale.
Spectators at the National Air Races, and the Roosevelt Field Air Pageant, last year could still recall the thrill they experienced when the Howard 'Mike' made its sudden appearance from out of a clear sky. Almost in a power dive the little ship attained a speed of over 250 mph, which is a tremendous velocity for such a craft considering the low powered engine which flies it.
The model herein represented, is a faithful reproduction of such a ship, and may be easily assembled by even the inexperienced, with little or no trouble. The plans given are full size and any dimension may be scaled off if so desired. 3/4 to 1 ft scale was not used because the model would have been much too small.
Procedure: The fuselage frame is constructed as per diagram. Two sides are made and coupled together by cross braces. Check the accuracy of this frame several times since it acts as the base for the entire construction.
Formers are cut to shape and cemented in place; the cowling formers of 1/16 stock and the balance of 1/20 stock. If the latter is not available 1/16 may be sanded down slightly. The formers are then cemented to the frame in the order shown. Formers T-5, S-5, B-5, are the same as formers T-4, S-4, B-4, respectively. When cement sets hard slots of the various sizes given may be cut out with sand-paper files of corresponding thicknesses. When this is done the stringers are cemented in the slots.
Next cover the cowling with 1/32 sheet. The cockpit layout is cut to shape and cemented in place. The celluloid windshield is also cut to shape and cemented to the cockpit. The rudder post (F) is cemented to the extremity of the frame.
The rudder swivel piece is made by cutting out the required formers and cementing them in place, four in all. This in turn is cemented to former F. When cement sets, finish this piece to required shape. Cut rudder leading, trailing edges, tip to shape and proceed to build up the rudder, using 1/32 ribs..."
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