Space Scooter (oz15091)
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Space Scooter. Simple all-sheet chuck glider model. Wingspan 5 in.
Quote: "Make This 'Space Scooter', by Bill Dean.
Do you believe in 'flying saucers'? Even if the answer is no, this Space Scooter will at least convince you that disc-shaped craft really can fly just as well as conventional 'wing and tailplane' designs.
Cement two pieces of 1/32 sheet balsa (A & B) edge to edge - pinned down flat - and draw a 4-7/8 in diameter circle with a pair of compasses. Pencil in the fuselage position on the disc (at right angles to join), then make a slit in the rear end as shown. Trace the fuselage (C) on to 3/32 sheet and the fin (D) on to 1/16 sheet - noting wood grain. Cut out the parts with a razor blade and cement the disc to the fuselage - holding the two together with pins until dry. Now cement the fin in place and push a pin into the cabin at the point shown. Finally, add weight to the nose until the model balances level and you are ready for the first test flight.
When gently launched, the model should glide down to a point about twenty feet away. If it dives steeply, bend up the rear end tabs of the disc - if it 'stalls', bend down the rear end tabs.
If it turns sharply, bend up the tab on the opposite side. After a little practice, you should be able to make the model loop or fly in a circle - either by hand launching or catapulting with a rubber band."
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Quote: "This little charmer was published in the EAGLE Annual No. 4 (1954), and is one of Bill Dean's most delightful little chuck gliders. I once made half-a-dozen examples and distributed them amongst the kids at a family barbecue - it flies beautifully from the clumsiest hand launch, and proved a great success."
Update 8/2/2024: Added vectorPDF and CAD (dxf and dwg) versions of this plan, thanks to Valeria367.
Quote: "Hi, Steve and Mary. Today, I want to send you the CAD version of the "Space Scooter" plan (oz15091) published two days ago in Outerzone's web page. I hope it can solve the issues with print at 100% scale [see comments]. As usual, I add the plan in vector PDF, as well as both vector CAD formats: DWG and DXF. Greetings, from your friend. Valeria367."
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User commentsHi, what other plans are in the Eagle Annual?
Julian - 05/02/2024
Hi, Julian - there are three more Bill Dean plans in the 1954 Annual - a tiny Spitfire chuck glider, a slightly bigger one called the Jet Ace, and a 20" span towline glider, the Skylark. The 1953 Annual had a very nice all-sheet Hawker Hunter for the Jetex 50, and the 1955 Annual had a 20" all-sheet rubber model called the Lightning - all quite interesting and, for us who remember those days, very nostalgic.
John Park - 06/02/2024
A note of caution, If printed at 100% on US letter paper it comes out slightly larger than the 4-7/8 diameter called out in the instructions. Just cut everything out traced from your print out
Thomas Solinski - 06/02/2024
I'm going to give my age away by actually remembering that issue of 'Eagle'
Daithi - 07/02/2024
The old Eagle from the 1950s was printed on sheets measuring 24" x 18" which were folded in half giving pages of 12" x 18" (printed on both sides which made 4 pages).
That would account for the discrepancy in physical size
Daithi - 08/02/2024
I got this plan from my Eagle Annual No. 4, and don't remember it in Eagle itself, though I read it every week in those days (how I wish I'd kept every copy, and I bet everyone else does too!).
John Park - 09/02/2024
Yep - those and 'Lion' .
The size remark was aimed at Thomas who would be using a different sized paper (US sizes were always different, even before we lost quarto, foolscap, etc)
Talking of Eagle - I still have (albeit very dogeared, but still complete) their 'Life of Baden-Powell'.
Daithi - 09/02/2024
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