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Vic Smeed design, a high-winged cabin model, trainer style. Tricycle undercarriage layout.
Quote: "Designed by Vic Smeed for the 'Especially for the Beginner' series, and described photographically by the Rev F Callon.
In many ways Debutante is the ideal model. It caters for any of the popular range of small engines from .5 to 1 cc. It combines a very pleasing appearance with a robustness of construction which should outlast many seasons' regular flying.
Building the Wing: Trace the central wing rib outline W2 onto two pieces of 1/16in ply; cut out, sand to uniformity, and then pin together a sandwich of balsa rectangles between the ply ribs - nine 1/16in and two 1/8in. Ribs W3 to W6 will have to be traced and cut separately in pairs. Next, trace and cut out the 1/16in ply dihedral keeper and cement the three sections of the x in. reeirispar against it, checking the tip dihedral.
Fig.1 shows the first stage in the construction of the wing. The top edge of the three W1 ribs (two 1/8in and one 1/16in) must first be lowered by trimming off 1/16 all the way along to leave room for the sheeting and the mainspar slot widened. The flat centre section of the mainspar is pinned down over the plan together with a short length of trailing edge and secondary spar, the latter packed up about 3/64in off the board with scrap balsa to accommodate the undercamber of the aerofoil. The three W1 ribs are then cemented in place, a short length of leading edge is added, and gussets secured into the corners..."
Quote: "Debutante is probably one of the most popular plans from the pen of Vic Smeed. It was presented as a free plan in the December issue with full size parts printed in the magazine. It was also presented as part of the 'Especially for beginners' series and so the article contains a wealth of information. I built one many years ago and fitted the ubiquitous Mills .75. I remember have loads of fun with it. I have also seen scaled up versions for RC so we really have a versatile design here which is pleasing to the eye."
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Article pages, inc detailed build instructions with many pics, thanks to hogal.
CAD redrawn plan in PDFvector format, from hogal.
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by Vic Smeed
IC F/F Cabin Trainer
all formers complete :)
got article :)
Found online 25/03/2011 at:
Format: • PDFbitmap • PDFvector • CADfile
Credit*: orange&white, hogal
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User commentsHello Steve and Mary, I thought photos of Vic Smeed's Debutante would be useful to add to the one associated with the plan. Having built the original 40" in my youth, I scaled the plan up to 150% and 200% - 60" and 80" span and both versions shown in the photos [more pics 003, 004]. Both converted to electric motor and RC. Doped tissue over mylar covered. Regards
JohnLaird - 06/04/2016
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