Wee Snifter (oz1741)


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About this Plan

Wee Snifter. Free flight sports FF model, for .5 to .8cc power. Model Aircraft, Jan 1961.

Quote: "Scalish Appearance but Easy to Build and Fly.Rugged Construction Endures Hours of Flying Fun. Cheap to Build for any 1/2A Motor. Wings Club Members see page 21 for Plans Special Offer. Wee Snifter by Doug McHard.

MODELS built purely for 'sports' flying greatly outnumber the specialist contest types, and this month we present a really sharp FF sporster, especially designed for readers, that will attract attention wherever it is flown.

Despite its good looks and racy lines it is very easy to build, especially as the plan is completely self-explanatory, incorporating, as you can see, a number of helpful 'how to do it' drawings. In addition, you will find overleaf, a series of photographs taken during the building of one of our original models, and which show the complete construction in step-by-step stages.

Many people shy away from the low wing layout believing it to be difficult to fly; however, Wee Snifter has had all its vices ironed out during development and is just as easy to trim as a cabin job. For those who are still a little mystified by the trimming process, we have devoted our 'Wings Club Workbench' (page 21) this month to explaining the correct way to safely trim the model to give its best performance.

Wee Snifter is very tough and will take rough handling in its stride. It will accept a wide variety of engines between 0.5 and 0.8 cc which of course includes the new 1/2A glow motors, for which it is ideally suited.

Colour schemes are, of course, a matter of individual choice, but we think you will agree that the orange, black and white trim shown on the cover photo is most attractive. Wee Snifter has been chosen for demonstration in the Model Aircraft enclosure at the Schoolboys' Exhibition in January, and those of you who visit the exhibition will be able to see one of our original models actually being flown.

Members of the Model Aircraft Wings Club can buy the Wee Snifter plan at a specially reduced price and we hope that you will send us a photograph of your own model which, we know, will give you many hours of exciting flying.

Although the building notes on the fullsize plan are quite comprehensive, the instructions and photographs on this page will further assist beginners to successfully complete their own Wee Snifter..."

Update 26/10/2012: replaced this file with a version that also includes the article pages, thanks to aeromeddler.

Update 02/10/2018: Added RC conversion article, from Model Aircraft July 1963, thanks to RFJ.

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PDFvector plan tracing, by hogal.
RC conversion article.


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Please find attached a few pictures of my latest, a Wee Snifter built from your free plans [model photo & more pics 008, 009]. I bought a set of laser cut ribs and formers from a seller on eBay but the remainder was hand-cut. Instead of using a Diesel engine, I chose to fit a brushless outrunner. Finish is coloured domestic tissue on the sheet structures and Modelspan tissue on the wings. The pilot is carved from blue foam with tissue clothes, finished with Mod-Podge and painted with acrylic paints. The canopy was vacformed over a balsa plug on a simple homemade vacuum box. I'm pleased to report that it flew straight from the board with no ballasting required and just a touch of left rudder to establish stable circuits. This one's definitely going to get flown plenty! Thank you again for your continued work in maintaining your excellent site and providing so much inspiration for modellers everywhere.
PeteTheobald - 09/08/2019
Dear Steve and Mary, Please see attached additional flying shots of my Wee Snifter built from your free plans, provided here [more pics 010, 011].
PeteTheobald - 26/11/2019
I don't know if you want another photo of Wee Snifter but feel free to use this if you want [pic 012]. Mine is powered by a Redfin 0.75cc diesel and has rudder, elevator & throttle controls. The all up weight is a fraction under 13oz. Thanks for the brilliant website.
JohnT - 03/07/2020
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