T-D Coupe (oz1812)


T-D Coupe (oz1812) by Theodore Dykzeul from Model Airplane News 1936 - plan thumbnail

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TD Coupe. Free flight gas cabin model. October 1936 Model Airplane News.

Quote: "UNDOUBTEDLY many of you have been looking for drawings of a gas model that will fly beautifully, is easily built, can be carried to and from the airport conveniently, and last but not least, does not cost a fortune to build.

As for performance, this model flies at a fair rate of speed, climbs at about a 30° angle and has a glide of about 15 to 1. It is also built easily enough so that an experienced builder of rubber-powered models will have no trouble with the construction. The wing is removable, so that the model can be carried in the back seat of a sedan. Since Airwheels and silk were used, the cost was about $7.00, less motor. Using wood wheels and bamboo paper, the price can be cut in half.

The model has a wingspan of 64 inches and an overall length of 47 inches. Ready to fly, its weight without cowling is exactly three pounds. The original model has now made 82 flights with absolutely no repairs outside of a few broken propellers and patches on the silk. It is practically crashproof having hit an office at an airport, a windbreak of trees, a concrete watering trough and a barbed wire fence. The pictures of the completed model were taken after the 46th flight.

Before beginning construction, study the drawings carefully and read the entire article. The wing, tail, and fuselage will have to be drawn out full scale. Use either a pair of dividers or follow the dimensions on the drawing. If a more accurate pattern of the wing tips and curved sections of the tail is desired, lay out 1/4 in squares on the drawings and 1 in squares on your full-scale drawings.

This plane is designed for and was flown by a Baby Cyclone. This motor is perfectly satisfactory, although other motors may be used with a change of the motor mount. Take your time and be sure every piece is perfect before proceeding to the next. Be especially careful that the wing and tail surfaces do not become warped. Use plenty of cement. Go over every joint at least once or twice until you are sure of a perfect cement joint.

Begin by building the stabilizer. The material for the ribs is 3/32" x 3/8" strip balsa. Cut the pieces to correct lengths and then punch out each with a 1/4" hole and assemble on the dowel. This is now placed over the drawing. It will be necessary to elevate the leading edge 1/16" and the trailing edge 3/32". Put these in place as well at the center rib which is made of 1/4”x 3/8" balsa. Pin or weight down the entire assembly and cement. Fill in the center section with 1/16" sheet balsa as shown..."

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Greetings. I am sending you pictures of a historical model of the TD-Coupe built from a plan downloaded from Outerzone [model photo & more pics 003-005].
Vladimir_Caha - 05/07/2019
Very cool, I am keen to build this model and will be drawing up the plan in the near future, Am in fact considering slight enlargement to 70" for a .30 O.S. 4 Stroke or possibly electric.
Cheers everybody
Radley Clarke - 30/12/2019
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