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Chatterbox - completed model photo more pics (4)

by Vic Smeed
from Aeromodeller (ref:RC.715)
December 1958 
30in span
Tags: IC F/F R/C Cabin
all formers complete :)

This plan was found online 29/10/2011 at:
Outerzone planID: oz1733 | Filesize: 330KB | Format: • PDFbitmap • PDFvector | Credit*: aeromeddeler, hogal


About this Plan

Chatterbox - 30in span free plan by Vic Smeed for galloping ghost or FF sport. Aeromodeller December 1958.

Quote: - "If you've ever heard a Galloping Ghost system working without the motor running, you'll know why 'Chatterbox' was picked for a name! With Ghost system and any small transistor receiver, the total radio weight including Mighty Midget and all batteries, comes out at just about 7-1/2 oz, which is the safe maximum for this little design. A similar weight is attainable with rudder only operation..."

Update 24/01/2013: now fixed the scaling of this plan to correct full-size at 30in wingspan, thanks to Balsabird for pointing this one out.

Update 02/04/2014: Now fixed aspect ratio on this one (small adjustment), thanks to JimRae.

Update 22/11/2014: Added supplement version of this plan in PDFvector format, thanks to hogal.

Update 23/11/2014: Replaced this plan with a second scanned version, thanks to hogal.

Supplementary files

Alternate version. Modern CAD-redrawn plan by hogal, in PDFvector format.


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User comments

G'day Steve ...Have built a C'box from modified plan and it has flown with a Mills .75. When it comes to flying it certainly isn't a Tomboy. The modified plan was OK although I think there was still a little longitudinal distortion, not much, say 3 or 4 mm over 30inches (hows that for mixing Imp and metric). Wasn't enough to worry about, I just adjusted the spans of wing and stab a bit and left everything else as per plan.
JimRae - 02/04/2014
Hi Steve, with reference to the scaling of the Chatterbox span, I have an original Aeromodeller plan. The span actually measures 29.75". I don't know how stable the plan paper is over time, but that is the span on the plan without any dihedral dimension loss.
AlanD - 26/04/2017
Steve, I've just finished another from Outerzone plans so thought I'd send you some pics if you want them [more pics 004, 005]. The latest is a Vic Smeed Chatterbox, built to the plans only 120% scale.
Al - 28/04/2017
Hi - I came across your page with the plans from the Aeromodeller. I made this as my first flying model in the late 1950s when at Boarding school at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight [more pics 006]. The engine was a Mills .75. Didn't have RC in those days and we chased it on bikes across the country. It was last seen heading out to sea so my next model was a float plane.
AndrewB - 23/10/2017
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