Saab J29F (oz14938)


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Saab J29F. Simple profile scale model, for electric RTP.

Quote: "A simple semi-scale SAAB J29F for electric RTP flying. By Ray Malmstrom.

A FLYING model that is different and out-of-the-rut, as it were, always has an excitement all its own. The idea of flying a jet-type model round-the-pole (RTP) indoors seemed to offer just such a different flying thrill. Unfortunately the excellent Jetex jet-type motors have a limited power duration that makes them impractical for flights of any considerable length, time-wise.

After a lot of hard thinking and 'sweat-of-the-brow' we came up with the idea of this little easy-to-build, electric powered model based on Sweden's formidable SAAB J29F fighter of the 1950's. We located the propeller in a slot cut in the conveniently 'barrel like' fuselage, so that in flight the prop is lost and the model has all the appearance of a jet job.

The model features simple all-sheet construction and is designed for flying in a relatively small space. (No hangars or halls needed for this job!). It flies fast and steady on lines from 6-12 ft in length, so your youth hut, clubroom, class-room or even a fairly large lounge (move those chairs, and mind the telly, chaps!) can be your aerodrome.

Details of the electric wiring and pylon used for flying this exciting type of model appeared in Meccano Magazine, June 1971 [see Wattsname (oz5475) for full article]. So what is stopping us cutting up some sheet balsa and joining the jet-set?

Commence construction by joining a length of medium grade balsa sheet 3/16 x 13 x 3 in to a piece -3/16 x 13 x 1-1/4 in. When dry trace the fuselage shape on to the sheet. Sketch 1. Using a sharp pointed balsa knife or razor blade, cut out the fuselage shape and the propeller and motor opening. Trace piece A on to 1/32 plywood and cut out. Cement ply piece A in position on left (port) side of fuselage shape..."

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Quote: "Dear Mary and Steve, Here's a plan and article for RTP Saab J29F by Ray Malmstrøm. Extracted from Meccano Magazine found at

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This is beautiful and ugly and genius all at the same time! It would also be an excellent candidate for a micro RC conversion.
Ian Salmon - 20/11/2023
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