Altair 400 (oz14343)


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Altair 400. Radio control sport aerobatic model, for electric power with Speed 400 motor. Wingspan 37.25 in, wing area 252 sq in.

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Quote: "Altair 400. Having enjoyed the Altair (oz14339), I scaled it down for a Speed 400 geared (hence the name) and 500 AR nicad/1100 NiMH cells. Then, when brushless outrunners became available, I replaced the S400g with a Skatty (1050 Kv) outrunner….and when Lipos became available, I replaced the round cells with Lipos of the same weight (gotta keep that CG!).

As you can imagine from all those modifications, the Altair 400 was around for many years – and flown a LOT during that time. Very stable (even in windy weather), the model was fully aerobatic – in fact, it met its end in a hangar accident, not flying!

I built the model in one piece, with access to all the innards via a pair on hatches in the fuse top. A nylon LG/UC strap, cut into an 'S' shape with a pivot screw at the center, engaged two toothpics to latch the hatches.

Covering was Doculam, trimmed with craft-store tissue held on with Aerogloss clear dope. I’m including un-trimmed pictures of the model as they will likely help in explaining how some bits were done. One quirk of mine is that I liked using ‘facing strips’, i.e., thin strips of balsa overlaying the side framework and keeping the covering from sticking to the verticals and diagonals.

The main LG/UC is sewn to the wing LE bulkhead bottom with braided fishing line (NOT monofilament!) tied off and soaked with thin CA. The three 9 gram servos sit line abreast, with the aileron servo in the center, driving the ailerons via torque rods).

Please remember that I built this model in 2006, but am writing this in early 2023, so I may not recall all the details. I obviously did like the layout, as I’ve used it over and over in high, shoulder, and low-winged forms!"

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Altair 400 (oz14343) by Bill Bowne 2004 - model pic

  • (oz14343)
    Altair 400
    by Bill Bowne
    July 2004 
    37in span
    Electric R/C LowWing
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 20/01/2023
    Filesize: 278KB
    Format: • PDFvector • CADfile
    Credit*: BillBowne
    Downloads: 693

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