Army Rat (oz14049)


Army Rat (oz14049) by Frank Ehling 1960 - plan thumbnail

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Army Rat. Control line Rat Racer model.

Quote: "Army Rat. The idea of a multi-purpose rat-racer that could be flown in Class B and C speed, rat racing and balloon busting seemed well suited to the needs of military modelers. The Army Craft directors requested a model design to suit these requirements. The ARMY RAT presented here is the result. It can be built quickly and cheaply and is easy to transport. Two modelers owning different sized engines could team up with one model and by changing engines enter different contest events where permitted.

The ARMY RAT will do a lot of flying so it is ruggedly built. Hardwood is used in most of construction since it is easily obtainable from Craft shops and cheaper than balsa. Elmer's Glue-all is used throughout assembly for strong hardwood glue joints. The landing gear can be cut from 1/16 in 24st (or equivalent) aluminum stock or a deBolt R/C model gear can be used. The wheel size should suit the flying area. Smaller wheels can be used on smooth concrete or black top while larger wheels will be necessary to get over bumps on grass or dirt. It would be a good idea to keep several different size wheels in the tool box for changing to suit different contest conditions.

The various contest events will also require different size fuel tanks. Speed events will require a smaller tank than the 500 lap race. Tanks should be made removable as shown on plans and block balsa rear fairing should be cemented to each tank.

Start construction with the fuselage crutch. For .15 size engines bass can be used but maple, birch or oak should be employed for larger engines. Cut to length and spot engine in place at front. With tail end held together, drill engine mount holes..."

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Army Rat (oz14049) by Frank Ehling 1960 - model pic

  • (oz14049)
    Army Rat
    by Frank Ehling
    from American Aircraft Modeler
    September 1960 
    19in span
    IC C/L
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 30/08/2022
    Filesize: 366KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: theshadow
    Downloads: 267

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