Curtiss SBC-3 (oz1665)


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Curtiss SBC-3 Helldiver. Scale two-place scout bomber.

Small all-sheet rubber model that can be flown indoors or out on the field. All markings are shown to dress it up. Part of the Golden Wings Club pages. Feb 1969 Aeromodeller.

Quote: "Plans this month for a simple all-sheet model of a famous biplane. Curtiss SBC-3, by Ray Malmstrom

THE REAL CURTISS SBC-3, in service with American carrier-based squadrons around 1936 was a compact colourful biplane and was described in September '68 issue by George Cox. This easy-to-build, ail-sheet model follows in the gay, fast-flying aerial footsteps of its big brother. Spend a couple of evenings building this little job and brighten up the sky over your favourite flying field.

The colour scheme is shown on the plan. It is advisable to colour all parts before assembly. A word of warning. Avoid using enamels or coloured dopes. The new way of colouring sheet balsa, pioneered by the writer uses oil pastels (oil colours in stick form). Obtainable in boxes at any art shop. Apply the pastel to the balsa sheet and then spread evenly with a soft rag. That's all! Quick, colourful — and no added weight! Use Sellotape masking for sharp clear edges. Avoid applying oil pastels to parts that are to be cemented.

Construction is not difficult if you follow these notes, the plan and sketches. Care and accuracy will ensure your Curtiss SBC-3 looks - and flies as well. Use medium (not hard) grade balsa sheet. Cut two fuselage sides, add 1/16 sq strips and nosepieces, drill 1/16 in dia hole, reinforce with 1/32 sheet for rear motor peg. Join sides with 1/16 sq pieces.

Cement in pieces Y for wing mounts and W for undercarriage assembly. Add top and bottom 1/32 in sheet covering pieces, but not piece A at this stage. Cut out tailplane, noting 1/16 sq strips and cement in position..."

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