Fabulous Hawk (oz14950)
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Fabulous Hawk (Curtiss P-6 Hawk). Control line scale model biplane fighter. Ohlsson & Rice .29 shown.
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Update 26/11/2023: Added article, thanks to Pit.
Quote: "Before we begin to describe the construction of this replica, it is with great appreciation that we thank Mr. GA Page for his kind assistance in providing important data. Mr. Page is the former chief engineer of the Airplane Division of Curtiss Wright (they stopped making airplanes in 1950) and is the designer Of the original Hawks, and project engineer on most of the later Hawk modifications!
Any engine from .19 to .35 can be sucessfully used to power this 252 sq in model. Several engine installations have been illustrated both upright and inverted and in beam and bulkhead mountings. Plans also include sufficient information to enable the builder to construct any of the famous Hawk. We built the P-1 B and our color scheme and markings are authentic for the 43rd School Squadron.
Cut two fuselage sides and formers to shape and join fuselage in rear as top view shows. Clamp this joint and insert former E in place. Cement well. Gently bend sides as shown and insert former D. Dampen outer side of fuselage sides if they resist bending. Install remaining formers and plywood firewall. Cement beam mounts in place if they are desired. Bend landing gear to shape and bind all joints with fine soft wire and solder well. This assembly is firmly cemented to plywood foundation and wrapped with crinoline or gauze and smeared with several coats of cement, Entire landing gear is now securely cemented into fuselage. Cement bellcrank mount into fuselage, using plenty of cement.
Cut tail surfaces to outline shape and sand to a streamline cross section. Cement elevators to dowel spar. When dry, firmly attach control horn to dowel and then hinge elevators to stabilizer, using crinoline or heavy fabric. Cement stabilizer to fuselage and, while this is drying, bolt bellcrank to mount. Bend music wire control rod ends as shown. Trim rear of fuselage for horn movement. Attach control rod to control horn and bellcrank. Solder washers to control rod ends to prevent it from slipping off horn or bellcrank.
Fuselage bottom is covered at this time. Grain should run across fuselage and not lengthwise. Be sure to leave slot in fuselage bottom uncovered. Lower wing joiner fits in this slot later.
Fit engine and fuel tank into nose. Many commercial fuel tanks will fit into space provided: Extend vent and filling lines as required.
Cut cabane struts from hardwood and spot cement them to inside of fuselage sides. See front view. Now, when dry, fillet this joint with plastic wood. This forms a virtually indestructible joint. The soft balsa fuselage top is cemented in place. This is followed by nose block. Carve nose to shape, being certain to fair it into spinner used. The scale spinner is indicated; its shape falls in between standard commercial aluminum spinners and needle-nose type..."
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