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Starfire (Whip-control Starfire). Profile scale model, all sheet construction.
Quote: "Whip-control Starfire, by Vern Schroeder.
Real looking, it whistles as it flies. Besides the fun, it makes a wonderful preparation for U-control flying.
Have you ever dreamed of flying one of those super-sleek scale jet jobs? Too much work, too much money, too noisy, you say. Here's one that can be built in a couple of evenings with a minimum of expense and effort. It looks amazingly realistic and sounds just like its big sister as it whistles past the spectators.
The secret of its simplicity is the fact that it is a 'whip control' model. The idea is not new, being originated during the war (by Jim Walker) when no motors or rubber were to be had for powering of conventional models. Our model has a fixed elevator, rather than movable, as many whip models have. Though not as maneuverable, it is easier to build and to fly and makes an excellent model for a beginner who is just getting started in the control-line field.
The model presented here is the Lockheed F-94C Starfire, which I am sure needs no introduction, so let's get right down to the construction. The entire ship is built from one 1/8 x 6 x 36 sheet of medium or hard balsa. Trace all the parts onto the sheet and cut them out with a sharp knife or razor blade. Note that the grain on the rudder runs opposite to that of the fuselage and there is a slot left in the center fuselage lamination for the addition of ballast.
Cement the three fuselage laminations, engine air inlets, and rudder together and when dry, sand them to shape as shown in the fuselage cross section. Sand the wing and tail surfaces to airfoil shape and round off the edges of the fuel tanks and rocket pads..."
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