Little Monster (oz1795)


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Little Monster. Free flight power model.

The original Frankenstein (oz1510) design first appeared in Aeromodeller, Dec 1949.

This here is a later, scaled down (half-size) re-design of the Frankenstein design, for Clan .24cc power.

Quote: "Little Monster really has the spirit of the late '40s when affordable engines made models like this very popular. In the days of the original Frankenstein a good U/C was essential because a wooden prop cost a week's pocket money!

Dave Banks has built this smaller version of an old favourite and finds it a super flyer just like its big brother.

Writing this on a cold dark night in the middle of the worst recession I can remember, it is comforting to allow my mind to wander back to the warm, balmy evening when I first saw the inspiration for 'Little Monster'. Hopefully, many readers will have experienced, either as spectators or participants, the evening fun-fly sessions at the control line nats at Barkston Heath before the move to Fairford. During these carefree periods the field would resemble a latter day Northern Heights Gala.

It was on one such evening that I witnessed the flying by an unknown modeller of an APS Frankenstein powered by a DC Spitfire. It flew time after time in a most stable manner, much to the delight of the crowd.

Looking back at the design it is easy to see why - dihedral angle, aspect ratio and tail area all combine to perfect sport model proportions. The designer obviously knew what he was doing.

Presented here is my approximately half size version for the Clan .24cc motor (it is equally suitable for the Knight and Pridham KP01 electric motor). Construction is simple and flying equally satisfying as its big brother. Fit a new blade in your modelling knife and we are ready to go. Construction is very straightforward.

Fuselage: Cut two sides from soft 1/16 'C' grain sheet, add 1/16 longerons, 1/32 ply doubler to the windscreen upright and 1/16 sheet gussets, making sure you end up with handed sides. Cut formers F1 to F6 and the 3/16 ply motor mount. Glue the mount to F1..."

Update 12/04/2019: Added article, thanks to Algy2.

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