BAC Super Drone (oz14117)


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BAC Super Drone. Free flight scale model of the British powered glider. For Mills .75 engine.

Quote: "BAC Super Drone, by EA Fonteneau. A flying scale model of a prewar powered glider, powered for you here by a Mills .75.

The BAC Super Drone is an ideal subject for a flying scale model. Many variations of the Drone were built; the Super Drone being the most popular. The basic design is a straight forward glider, but with the addition of a Douglas flat twin motor cycle engine it brought power flying within the reach of thousands of would-be aviators. Running costs and maintenance were almost as low as that of a medium sized car. The model is a fairly simple one to construct, the only difficulty likely to be encountered will be in the pylon and reference to the perspective sketch should clear up any difficulties.

Fuselage: Cut out all formers and pylon parts accurately, build up the basic fuselage sides from 1/8 sq. Position formers F4 and F5 and complete with the remainder of the formers. Securely cement the wing tongue to the pylon former ensuring that it is square and in. off centre to the mark shown. Complete fuselage by adding undercarriage (it is important to use soft sorbo tyred wheels as this is the only form of springing used in the undercarriage. The prototype used low pressure air-wheels), tailwheel, sheeting and finally the noseblock. Fill the pylon in with scrap sheet. Pre-cement all joints on the pylon assembly.

Wings: The two wing panels are built as shown on the plan. This form of construction makes for a very rigid and warp resisting wing. False ailerons are added for realign'. Ensure that both wings have the same dihedral angle when fitted on the tongues. You can correct small discrepancies by shortening or lengthening' the wing struts.

Tailplane, Fin and Rudder: These are made in separate units. The solid parts being cut from 3/16 sheet. This represents the plywood covered portion on the full size machine. The moveable portions are constructed and sanded to the section shown. Cement the 1/16 sq members centrally in the main frame so that they do not stick to the covering.

Finishing: The original model was finished in accordance with the most popular scheme. This was plain wood varnished, it is rather unusual and can be very attractive. Sand all components well before covering and give a thin coat of dope all over, finally sanding lightly again. Give all sheet parts, ie fuselage, wing struts, leading edges of wings, tailplane and fin, several coats of grain filler, sanding between each coat. It is worthwhile to spend a little time on this job as it pays dividends when the whole model is completed. Having covered all the necessary parts with tissue, give 3 coats of dope, the last coat being plasticized with castor oil.

The registration letters can now be added in brown dope, G-ADPJ is an authentic registration. Wing struts should also be painted brown, as also should the centre of the wheels and undercarriage. A small section of the pylon above the wing tongues and a 1/2 in behind the front of the pylon should be painted silver. Finally, the tail unit may be attached to the fuselage pre-cementing first. The whole should now be given a coat of banana-oil, to represent the varnish.

Being a pusher this model is easy on propellers so carve yourself a left-hand prop from hardwood (unless you use a Mills .75 in which case you can run the engine backwards using a standard prop round the other way) and finish by varnishing.

Balance at point shown by adding weight to the nose. It is important to keep the weight low down ; a heavy pair of wheels will help in this matter."

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BAC Super Drone (oz14117) by E Fonteneau 1954 - model pic

  • (oz14117)
    BAC Super Drone
    by E Fonteneau
    from Model Aircraft
    August 1954 
    54in span
    Scale IC Glider F/F Pusher
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 15/09/2022
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