Little Gem (oz14096)


Little Gem (oz14096) by Robert Danson 1961 - plan thumbnail

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Little Gem. Control line sport model, for .020 engine.

Quote: "Quarter 'A' control line with a real bounce. Designed specifically for stunt, our Little Gem is equally at home in combat and is also an excellent trainer. Cheap and fast, this is for the real quickie expert. Little Gem, by Robert Danson.

Shortly after having purchased one of the popular 1/4A engines I realized, as had many of my friends, that there was a distinct shortage of models available for this size engine that provided acceptable stunting performance. So out came the drafting set; result the Little Gem.

While relatively cheap and easy to build, its performance was beyond my best hopes. It is stable enough to be used as a trainer (at least one person, who never flew control line before, built and learned to fly on one), but used as a stunt on combat ship, it is a challenge to the best flier.

You haven't seen anything until you see one of these ships do a figure eight. The only thing limiting it, so far, has been the inability of the tank to run in an inverted position for any period of time.

As for combat - we have never had more fun in our lives. With a couple of these planes in a circle and two or three foot ribbons, inch wide, things move like crazy. Being an extremely rugged ship, we never once had to stop flying because of crack-up damage (flying over grass).

Construction: The parts should be cut out as accurately as possible, especially the ribs, and weight should be kept to a minimum (although it is not too critical).

The wing construction is started by pinning the bottom spar and bottom trailing edge sheeting in place on the plan and gluing the ribs in place. When dry, the top spar and top trailing edge sheeting is added. The wing is removed from the plan and the bottom leading edge sheeting is pinned in place on the plan and the ribs glued to it. When dry, the top leading edge sheeting is added. After the assembly is dry the bellcrank mount is installed and the tip weight, if desired, is added..."

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Little Gem (oz14096) by Robert Danson 1961 - model pic

  • (oz14096)
    Little Gem
    by Robert Danson
    from Model Airplane News
    June 1961 
    12in span
    IC C/L
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 13/09/2022
    Filesize: 187KB
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