Waggler (oz1789)


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Waggler. Rudder only RC model for .3-.4cc power. This is a modern plan, based on the 'Rudder Waggler' design by Howard Boys.

Quote: "Howard Boys was best known to me for his monthly column on radio control in Aeromodeller throughout the 1950s. While the rest of the world used bang-bang escapements and heavy vacuum tubes, Howard used proportional rudder control by magnetic actuator, and gas-filled tubes which were lighter but more difficult to use. Howard's planes were smooth flying and smaller than the norm usually powered by a 1.3cc Mills.

The magnetic actuator constantly pulsed the rudder from side to side and I believe he called his model Rudder Waggler. In the 1970s Ace RC in the US brought out a very light system (about 2 ounces) that worked on the same pulse proportional principle as Howard's. Then in the 90s Dave Banks sold .4cc replicas of the .75 Mills. That was the combination I needed for the plane in the photo, a scaled down version of Howard's model. I drew the outlines from a small sketch in Aeromodeller. There were no construction details so that is guessed.

My model is consistant I think with the spirit of Howard's original. The little Mills replica is quieter than most electrics, a soothing purr. I have clocked up many hours of happy flying with it.

Model Flyer magazine published my drawings full size 8/2002 but managed to make a dreadful mess of them. I think they might still advertise the drawings for sale but goodness knows what they are like."

Update 20/6/2023: Added original notes from Aeromodeller July 1957 (includes sketch layout drawing) thanks to JMP.

Update 14/8/2023: Added article (Model Flyer, 2002), thanks to RFJ.

Supplementary file notes

Original notes 1957.


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User comments

Hello, thought you may like to see my Waggler built from an Outerzone plan [more pics 003]. .4cc David Banks diesel powered. Two channel RC. Thanks for the plan.
RodMcKiggan - 20/09/2017
Hello, Here are a couple of pictures of my rendition of the John Reid/Howard Boys Waggler [main pic, 004, 005] powered by a 0.5cc CS Boddo Mills and controlled with an ACE pulse transmitter and Adams baby actuator. It was maidened Saturday and proved to be an absolutely delightful model to fly, no trimming being required at all. It will definitely see a lot more air time. Also enclosed the notes by Howard Boys on his design in Aeromodeller July 1957 [see supplement file]. Thank you again for your work with the Outerzone. Best modelling regards.
Jean-Marie Piednoir - 20/06/2023
Hello again, Attached another pic [008] here. In the January 1954 issue of Aeromodeller, the heading photo of Howard Boys column shows him in his perennial shorts letting go of his Mills 1.3 powered Rudder Waggler. Best modelling regards,
Jean-Marie Piednoir - 21/06/2023
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