DH 89a Dragon Rapide (oz1691)


DH 89a Dragon Rapide (oz1691) by Harold J Towner from Aeromodeller 1968 - plan thumbnail

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DH.89a Dragon Rapide. Scale twin biplane. Cox .049 power shown. Aeromodeller Sep 1968.

Quote: "Veteran modeller HJ Towner's control line replica: 7/8in equals 1ft scale for two .8 - .16cc engines diesel or glowplug.

THE DRAGON RAPIDE holds more affection among British pilots and many air travellers than any other similar type. Now, alas, she is of a dying breed, irreplaceable due to present day requirements which demand more power, more weight in consequence, and far less sense of actual flying.

There are many D.H. 89s still with us - in all quarters of the world, earning their keep in varied ways. We thought it ought to be preserved as a model subject - and who better to do so than that doyen of Scale modelling in Great Britain - Harold Towner? So here is his version, for control-line over to Harold: In building a fully detailed model of this nature it is necessary to complete the interior at a very early stage.

Commence by laying down the top and bottom keels and joining together fore and aft The respective formers then can be eased into their slots. It may be necessary to gently separate the top and bottom keels one end to

On the original model, Evostik Resin W was used as an adhesive throughout.

Window frames are now added out of scrap to line up with the inside of formers F3, F4, F5, F6, F7 and F8. Add the floor (1/32 balsa) with grain across the fuselage, resting on the lower keel. Use coloured art paper for the floor, sides and ceiling, covering the window frames to the outside of the formers using a polycell type of adhesive that does not stain.

The seats can now be made up of suitable material and glued firmly into position. Window glazing can now be done using acetate sheet about 1/32 in thick pressing in to the window openings achieve this.

The main longerons should now be added making sure that all is square. In order to bend the main longerons at the front end, gently rubbing the inside surface up and down on a not-too-hot electric soldering iron should achieve this. Make sure that both the right and left longerons are the same curve. This of course should be done and longerons matched before assembly.

Cross member F4a and the main wing beam F5a should be fitted and also the door frame. Fit the hardwood cross member, together with bell-crank and lower wing tongue boxes, bound with thread and cement before fitting into place... "

Update 13/12/2016: added article, thanks to RFJ.

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