Don Quixote (oz15292)


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Don Quixote. Radio control scale model. Pusher layout.

Quote: "Truly an international project, the design is by a Czechoslovakian now living in Canada, and the Polish aircraft was named after a Spanish nut who rode around the countryside on horseback, knocking out windmills!

Don Quixote is a Polish homebuilt design which I first saw in the Polish publication Skridlada Polska. I fell in love with the shape of the plane right then, but couldn't get any more information until about two years later, when a friend from the CSSR sent me the Polish model magazine Modelarz, in which were published three-view drawings and pictures of the airplane.

I started the plans and drawings that same evening, and had the model finished a month and a half later.

The model looks quite unusual in the air, but the controls are easy and landings are slow and gentle. On the first flight, she took right off, with no trim changes needed at all.

After a long and happy flying season, I sold the model and built a new, slightly improved version. This is the airplane presented in this article.

The model should be built in this order: Fuselage and vertical stab; Engine and Wing Mounting Pylon; Wings, Horizontal Stab, and Movable Surfaces.

FUSELAGE: The fuselage is all-balsa with plywood bulkheads. First, cut out all the plywood bulkheads, and the balsa sides (59) from 1/8 balsa. Cut out the cockpit area doubler (60) from 1/8 balsa, and (61) from 1/32 ply. When all these parts are cut, take a piece of 1 inch dowel and roll with light pressure over the balsa sides from nose to bulkhead location 'E', to give the balsa a natural curve roughly the shape of the airplane's nose. Do the same thing to the balsa doublers (60). Note: Don't forget, one is left, and one is right side!

Now you have to make the jig for getting the exact curve of the nose of the airplane when laminating the fuselage sides. The jigs can be made from scrap balsa or heavy cardboard, to the sizes shown on the plan.

Lay each fuselage side down with the jigs positioned as shown and apply contact cement or polyester resin (I prefer resin) where the doublers will go. Lay the balsa doubler in place, apply the next layer of resin, and lay the plywood doubler over top immediately. Note: This has to be done fast; don't use too much hardener or the resin will cure too quickly for you to get everything lined up..."

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Don Quixote (oz15292) by Laddie Mikulasko 1976 - model pic

  • (oz15292)
    Don Quixote
    by Laddie Mikulasko
    from Model Builder
    December 1976 
    86in span
    Scale IC R/C Pusher
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
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Hi friends, in 1986 I discovered the Plany Modelarskie no. 112 (see the cover image, pic 012) with 1:3 drawings of J-1 Experimental "Don Quixote". Plany Modelarskie was an extraordinary magazine at that time that exhibited construction plans on A1 or A2 format paper sheets. The drawings allowed the construction of a 2500 mm wingspan model. Later in 1988 I finished the model made from balsa, plywood, covered with natron papers and painted as the original [pics 005-011]. This was a very nice flyer!
Later, after I graduate from faculty, I started to transform the model into an unmanned vehicle. I modified the engine mount and adapted a .91FX OS Max engine with a custom made push propeller. The tank I hide it in the fuselage. The attached pictures are from 2005, LRCN airfield, Romania.
Regrading the plans, I discovered that the thrust line should be tilted around -4 degree so that the model is not sensitive to the throttle variation.
For enthusiasts, I found a website (in the original language) presenting the original model where photos are also available
and also a presentation movie of the builder and the aircraft
Greetings to all,
Arthur Nicolae - 21/05/2024
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