Wee Snifter (oz1741)

 

Wee Snifter - plan thumbnail image

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.

Supplementary file notes

Planfile includes article.
PDFvector plan tracing, by hogal.
RC conversion article.

Corrections?

Did we get something wrong with these details about this plan (especially the datafile)? That happens sometimes. You can help us fix it.
Add a correction

Wee Snifter - completed model photo

Datafile:

003.jpg
003.jpg
004.jpg
004.jpg
005.jpg
005.jpg
006.jpg
006.jpg
007.jpg
007.jpg
008.jpg
008.jpg
009.jpg
009.jpg

Do you have a photo you'd like to submit for this page? Then email admin@outerzone.co.uk

User comments

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
Add a comment

 

 
 

Download File(s):
  • Wee Snifter (oz1741)
  • Plan File Filesize: 990KB Filename: Wee_Snifter_oz1741.pdf
  • Supplement Filesize: 1266KB Filename: Wee_Snifter_oz1741_article_RC_conv.pdf
  • Supplement Filesize: 260KB Filename: Wee_Snifter_oz1741_vector_hogal.pdf
  • help with downloads
 

Notes

* Credit field

The Credit field in the Outerzone database is designed to recognise and credit the hard work done in scanning and digitally cleaning these vintage and old timer model aircraft plans to get them into a usable format. Currently, it is also used to credit people simply for uploading the plan to a forum on the internet. Which is not quite the same thing. This will change soon. Probably.

Scaling

This model plan (like all plans on Outerzone) is supposedly scaled correctly and supposedly will print out nicely at the right size. But that doesn't always happen. If you are about to start building a model plane using this free plan, you are strongly advised to check the scaling very, very carefully before cutting any balsa wood.

 

Terms of Use

© Outerzone, 2011-2019.

All content is free to download for personal use.

For non-personal use and/or publication: plans, photos, excerpts, links etc may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Outerzone with appropriate and specific direction to the original content i.e. a direct hyperlink back to the Outerzone source page.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site's owner is strictly prohibited. If we discover that content is being stolen, we will consider filing a formal DMCA notice.