Fleet Canuck (oz1406)


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Fleet Canuck. Free flight scale rubber model. With floats.

Quote: "Flying Fleet Canuck. As land or seaplane, this Canuck flies either way. By Earl Stahl.

AT the close of the war many plane manufacturers turned their attention to the production of civilian aircraft in the belief that a vast new market was to be unfolded. All of the old makers of light aircraft were back with improved models, and they were joined by a number of former military plane producers who were entering the field to mass produce personal planes with their vast resources of money, experience and facilities.

Events that followed are now history, for in less than a year sales slumped and what had appeared to be a gigantic market almost evaporated. A number of builders were forced into bankruptcy. A few of the former war plane producers simply suspended production after claiming to have lost millions through their ventures. Others, largely the old established personal plane builders, slowed to building their products in limited numbers. It became apparent that every family did not yet want a plane, or at least was not ready to buy one.

In Canada a similar condition is apparent. Slackening customer demand has forced the suspension of production of the Fleet Canuck, our flying scale model subject for this month. Needless to say this does not reflect on the quality of this craft, which was conceived to meet the difficult conditions encountered in the all-season flying in the north, but rather it denotes the same overproduction as compared to limited market that exists in our country.

Equally adaptable to use with wheels, floats and skis, the Canuck is capable of operating from most any place a plane can. From first hand observation we can report that it is a sturdily built, comfortable ship of wide utility. It carries a good load at a respectable cruising speed of about 100 mph, and it is as easy to fly as the average American light plane. Its engine is a Continental of 85 hp.

Our model Canuck is just as versatile as the real ship since it is designed for speedy conversion from wheels to floats. You who have never tried float models on neighborhood ponds and water puddles have a real treat in store, for seeing a little rubber powered ship skim across the water and then arc skyward is a refreshing change from the usual flying.

There was no snow in balmy Virginia when the test ship was developed or skis would surely have been tried, too. From the standpoint of ease of construction and performance in flight this model leaves little to be desired - so on with the construction which is carried out in this manner:

Start by building the fuselage; this consists of an underframe of 3/32 sq strips and uprights about which formers and stringers are mounted to give the scale appearance. This underframe establishes the correct angular placement of wing to stabilizer as well as their relation to the thrust line, so reproduce it accurately.

Build the two sides of the underframe, one above the other, then separate them and rejoin with 3/32 crossmembers using the top view as a guiding jig. Cut the various formers from 1/16 sheet. Stringers are 1/16 sq strips, and it should be noted that the top one is not installed until the centersection is in place since it joins it.

Cover the nose with 1/32 sheet balsa as shown by the shaded areas on the drawings. The removable nose block is made from laminations of 1/8 sheet, and it had an additional section cemented to its back to enable it to be fitted accurately into the cut-out in bulkhead A. The carburetor intake fairing under the nose is, a solid balsa piece cemented to the cowl. Scraps of balsa are used for window outlines as well as for the balsa retainer for the bamboo dowel in the rear which serves to hold the rubber strands..."

Update 03/05/2018: Added article, thanks to GTHunter.

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