Puss Moth (oz1493)


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Puss Moth. Free flight scale rubber model.

The Chet Lanzo Puss Moth (oz7817) plan first appeared in March 1939 MAN. This here is a later reprint in MAN Dec 1979 as 'Golden Oldie #7'. Along with a full reprint of the original article text.

Quote: "How You Can Build a Scale Model That Will Make Consistent Flights of Five Minutes Or More.

THE flying qualities of any model depend more upon good design than upon mere motor power. Stability is the first consideration in selecting art airplane type of which you are to build a model. Therefore when you look over the list of large planes this should be kept in mind and a design selected that you are sure will produce plenty of stability.

The Puss Moth is a type which fulfills every requirement in this respect. The fuselage is quite long in proportion to the wing span; the wing is well above the center of gravity, and the general character of the plane tends itself to stability. Therefore the Puss Moth was chosen as an outstanding type for model work. The model itself has born carefully designed and the measurements have been held very close to the scale and proportion of the original large ship.

The choice of this model by Chester Lanzo for entry in the 1938 Scripps-Howard Junior Aviator Contest proved to be a wise one, for he placed third with a flight of one minute, fifty-eight seconds. The model, since that time, has made unofficial flights of over five minutes, nearly going out of sight. It is probably one of the most unusual scale models, from a flying standpoint, that has ever been presented. In fact it is a scale model that gives contest performance.

Fuselage. Build the two sides of the fuselage right on the draw-ing, using 1/16 square balsa. Assemble the two sides with 1/16 square balsa cross members, the size of which may be measured from the top view. After the square section of the fuselage is completed, cement the 1/16 square bottom and side stringers in place; the bottom stringers running the length of the fuselage, while the side stringers run from the back of the cabin to the tail..."

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Hi again Steve!, My last project [see more pics] a 1939 Cester Lanzo Puss Moth 28in span rubber powered, I have made all parts removable (wings, rudder, stab, 4 parts landing gear and nose block) to keep the all plane in a small box for transportation. I hope you like it
MarcoAGuillermo - 20/04/2014
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