Bellanca (oz14547)


Bellanca (oz14547) by Willi Bender 1980 - plan thumbnail

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Bellanca 1912. Radio control scale model. Wingspan 1980 mm, for 10 cc engine.

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Note Werner's completed model (shown in the photos here) has been enlarged from the original plan. Wingspan is 2300 mm, up from 1980 mm.

Quote: "Hallo hier meine Bellanca [main pic, 003-006]. Konstrukteur: Willy Bender ca 1980. LG Werner"

Quote (google-translated from the German): "Giuseppe Bellanca built his first airplane in 1912. It went against the popular designs of the time as its engine was in the front and its tail was in the back! And while this is the norm today, back then people wondered if it would fly. Bellanca said: 'The experts gave me 15 days to live. But that was hopeful, because it gave me the impression that they thought the plane could get off the ground.'

Bellanca. This vintage model is not only intended for experts, but is also suitable for those model pilots who are less experienced in building and flying.

With this I would like to enable numerous model pilots to build a vintage model that is attractive and interesting and that can still be produced without great costs and construction effort. The model has a wingspan of 2300 mm and an overall length of 1800 mm. It is equipped with rudders, elevators and ailerons and is therefore equipped exactly like its prototype. The well-known Clark Y was chosen as the profile. The wing depth is 420 mm.

There is enough space for the remote control system in the center section of the wings. The two halves of the wing can be separated from the center section for transport.

Model: We start with the runner. I used a somewhat heavy ash wood for this, as I will certainly need the weight later for the center of gravity. 4 pieces of 3 mm each should be enough. The hull is later also 12 mm! You could also make a template and attach it with screw clamps, but it's quicker that way.

The hull construction is very simple, I use 12 x 12 pine strips. For the cross struts 12 x 6 mm balsa strips. With vintage aircraft models you should build the rear area as lightly as possible. The focus will thank us! The chassis consists of 12 mm round pine rods. A suitable hard aluminum tube is simply squeezed and bent on the vice. When the landing gear has been adapted to the fuselage, they are glued in place with Uhu Endfest.

According to the blueprint, the rear landing gear would consist of one wheel, but I don't like that with this oldie model. So I made a spur from 10 pieces of 0.8 mm plywood strips using a nail template! The whole thing is sprung with a disused Farrad tube.

The tailplane must be built very lightly, the leverage for the specified center of gravity is very low. I used 6 mm selected balsa, the same applies to the rudder.

My Bellanca uses a ZG 20 engine, which I think fits the model perfectly. An engine camber of 5 degrees should be maintained, I chose 1 degree for a side camber! I made the engine mount out of 25 mm hardwood. In addition, the bulkhead is held by 4 brass tubes of 6 mm.

There is actually not much to write about the wing construction, I use balsa spars 8 x 8 mm with boxing on both sides, ribs were created in a block bond, rib thickness 3 mm. The first 3 ribs are made of 4 mm poplar plywood. The model does not have a connecting tube.

For the covering parts I use Oratex lacquer fabric film. I use pinking shears to cut the pinking ribbons out of the leftover pieces. I know that there were no spikes at that time, but that doesn't matter because I only build semi-scale models! Elaborate painting was yesterday, I simply applied a clou wood stain with a sponge. Low consumption 250 ml and at ten euros it's really a great thing! The RC installation disappears completely in the middle part of the wing, there is enough space.

Don't be afraid to build such a beautiful scale model."

Update 9/5/2023: Added article from RC Modelle, thanks to plato45.

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Bellanca (oz14547) by Willi Bender 1980 - model pic

  • (oz14547)
    by Willi Bender
    from RC Modelle
    78in span
    Scale IC R/C
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 05/05/2023
    Filesize: 781KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: Werner Forster
    Downloads: 1179

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User comments

There is some video of one of these models in flight at:
SteveWMD - 09/05/2023
Are these plans available in english?
dvines - 08/07/2023
Werner Forster - 26/07/2023
Wie lakonisch kann man sein?
Miguel - 27/07/2023
Jan Novick - 28/07/2023
RC Yeager - 28/07/2023
Information..To add a pilot, what scale does the model have?? Thank you and congratulations for this aircraft which I have started building.
antoandreani - 28/08/2023
According to wingspan has been 8128 mm (26ft 8in), the model is roughly Quarter Scale. Should be plenty of pilots about for it. Precise data are hard to obtain for pioneering aircraft.
Martin - 29/08/2023
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