General Meteor (oz14453)


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General Meteor. Radio control sport-scale parasol model, for electric power with Speed 400 motor.

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Quote: "The General Western Meteor was a cute between-the-wars light plane, powered by a Kinner 5-cylinder radial. I stumbled across it when I found it in my collection of multi-views I’d saved from model magazines. I was in the mood for a little sport-scale, Speed 400 model, so out came the keyboard! Yes, I said Speed 400, as I drew up and built this model quite a few years ago, when I was still able to work with balsa (Sadly, I’ve become allergic to wood dust). Now, I’d modify the nose and use a brushless motor and lipos.

This isn’t a museum scale model. I don’t compete, I just build and fly for fun. So, some of the areas are a bit stretched and massaged, to provide a gentle model. For covering, I used silver Litespan, trimmed with a black Sharpie pen. The radial? It’s a classic dowel-and-string assembly. For the gracious curvy bits, I laminated balsa (please see the attached article on laminations – I do things a bit differently than others).

The original plans were printed on a wide bed dot-matrix printer. I’ve rearranged things to fit on an Architect's E for submission to the Outerzone.

Construction is very straightforward. Do use strong wood for the fuselage stringers (even then, keep grubby hands away from Meteor’s fuselage, lest they crush it). Make sure the aileron flex cable is securely braced, to ensure solid controls.

The Meteor flew well, but it was definitely more of a ‘pass slowly and look pretty’ model and not one for wild acrobatics. Very trustworthy and relaxing! I kept it for several years, before selling it so I could use the gear in a new model."

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General Meteor (oz14453) by Bill Bowne 2003 - model pic

  • (oz14453)
    General Meteor
    by Bill Bowne
    43in span
    Scale Electric R/C Parasol Civil
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 03/03/2023
    Filesize: 938KB
    Format: • PDFvector • CADfile
    Credit*: BillBowne
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One more great plan from Mr Bowne. A fine design served by a pleasantly looking plan, all about a beautiful subject. Good taste, sir :)
Miguel - 24/03/2023
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