Traveler (oz14062)


Traveler (oz14062) by Bud Tenny 1966 - plan thumbnail

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Traveler. Indoor stick rubber model.

Quote: "Developed for a special purpose - to be easily portable - the Traveler indoor stick model fits the bill and is a well-travelled winner. By Bud Tenny.

The Traveler was developed as a special purpose, easily portable model. It is a high performance airplane designed especially for low ceiling sites with small floor area - typical of school and church gyms, small auditoriums and other sites which many indoor fliers have to settle for. Have you ever flown in a 'T' hangar? The Traveler has!

The idea of the Traveler was born after the frustrating experience of attending a flying session without my models. One Saturday I visited the Madison Street Armory in Chicago during a weekly session of the Chicago Aeronuts. I had arrived by plane and there hadn't been room for model boxes. The Aeronuts saved the day - Charlie Sotich loaned me a paper ship and Guy Negri furnished a glider. I had the bull session I went for and got to fly also! On the return trip I vowed to never again go out of town without models to fly, especially if the destination was a town which had active indoor sites. Thus the first Traveler was born - this version is third in the series.

Since indoor modelers have a newsletter to give a wide interchange of news and ideas (INDOOR NEWS AND VIEWS, Box 545, Richardson, Texas), it has been possible to use ideas developed by a great many indoor fliers to improve the Traveler. The wing tip bracing was developed by Bill Atwood, the extreme wing offset was pioneered by several fliers to enable models to turn tightly without washin, the built-up tail boom was modified from an idea by Lew Gitlow, and the upright forward-mounted fin was used by Charlie Sotich on his '64 Nats Indoor Stick winner. This fin location is especially practical for Cat I models - underslung and trailing fins are easily damaged when flying around, over and through the obstructions common in Cat I sites.

The long tail moment coupled with a small (25%) stab was also used on the Sotich winner, but Charlie credits Walter Erbach with the idea. The small stab and low aspect ratio wing help to reduce the size of box required for this model - very important for a 'carry-along' model.

The construction is largely conventional, and should hold no problems for experienced builders. For beginners who wish to learn more about indoor construction before tackling Traveler, an excellent text is available from Lew Gitlow, P. 0. Box 65774, Los Angeles 65, California. The book, 'INDOOR MODEL BUILDING AND FLYING,' has pictures and diagrams which cover all phases of the subject..."

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Traveler (oz14062) by Bud Tenny 1966 - model pic

  • (oz14062)
    by Bud Tenny
    from Model Airplane News
    June 1966 
    18in span
    Rubber F/F
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 04/09/2022
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