Travel Air (oz14024)


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Travel Air Sport Trainer (aka Curtiss-Wright CW-12Q). Control line scale model biplane. Wingspan 45 in, wing area 500 sq in, for Fox .35 engine.

Quote: "The Travel Air, by Jim Hunt. Probably the most maneuverable scale job yet designed, this model of a historic great weighs but 37 ounces for its 500 square inches of area. With a Fox 35 it has what it takes!

When I was a boy, I saw the original Travel Air in flight and talked to some of the pilots who flew it. The plane was a real performer with only a 90 HP engine. I have been flying stunt ships for many years and have always been looking for models of more realistic appearance and planes which would perform better than the usual designs. Finally I ran across the drawings and description of the Travel Air sport trainer built in 1931.

This plane also appealed to me as the ideal model for trying out some new types of construction which I believed not only would be easy to build but would have a very high strength-to-weight ratio. The model has been designed to obtain the maximum in performance without sacrificing any of the prototype's details. The first test flight proved my theories were right and successive flights proved that this plane does a complete stunt pattern with precision and stability.

By carefully selecting wood, the weight of finished model can be kept down to 36 ounces. This model weighed 37 ounces which, with 500 sq inches of wing area and a Fox 35 engine, makes a super performer.

Trace from your full-size plans the top deck former outline of the fuselage viewed from the top. Cut all parts of the fuselage before proceeding with assembly. The locating lines for the formers are drawn on the balsa wood. Use a ballpoint pen of the 25c variety.

Step one is to cement the vertical center keel to the deck. Carefully line up the former lines and space keel in exact center of deck. Plywood lower bellcrank mount should be cemented on after first coating plywood with thin coat of glue and allowing it to dry. The hard maple Motor mounts and the plywood pieces are also coated with glue and allowed to dry before cementing together as shown in the photo..."

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Travel Air (oz14024) by Jim Hunt 1951 - model pic

  • (oz14024)
    Travel Air
    by Jim Hunt
    from Model Airplane News
    January 1951 
    45in span
    Scale IC C/L Biplane Civil
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 18/08/2022
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    Credit*: dfritzke
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Paper must have been in short supply back then, but don't be fooled by that as this plan is very good indeed. And if the plan published here was taken from a blueprint as the article implies, then I take my hat off to the restorer!
Miguel - 22/08/2022
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