Scoot (oz1871)


Scoot (oz1871) by Ron Warring from Model Aircraft  1957 - plan thumbnail

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Scoot. Control line profile trainer model. Wingspan 16in beginners model for 0.5 - 1 cc power, designed by Ron Warring.

Quote: "IF you have never flown C/L before, here is just the model to start with. You can knock it up in about two to three hours - certainly in an evening - and it will last right through your flight training. All the weak points on a simple model have been eliminated and the original has put in hundreds of flights in the hands of various novices, has been crashed dozens of times and has still suffered no real damage.

Scoot is just the job, too, for flying on your front lawn, or in any space which will give you 15 to 30ft lines. With a Mills 0.75 for power and a fairly large prop, nobody can complain about the noise! Take-offs are possible from any reasonably smooth surface, including mown grass, and if you adjust the engine to run undercompressed, touch-and-go landings can be made, using the elevators to change the flying speed (full up and the model loses flying speed and sinks with low power). On an Allbon Merlin with a 7x4 plastic prop you can get single loops, and wingovers on 25ft lines. To practice inverted, fit a stunt tank and hand launch the model upside down!

Choose medium light balsa throughout for all the wood parts (except the ply pieces shown full size on the drawing). Trace the full size fuselage profile and transfer onto a sheet of 3/8in balsa. Cut out the wing and tailplane slots carefully and accurately and then shape the rear of the fuselage to the correct taper. Leave the front end square.

Check that the motor you are going to use fits the cut out in the ply facing pieces. If not, adjust this width. Then cut out these two A in. ply pieces and cement well to the front of the fuselage. When set, trim the balsa fuselage to match, including the cut out. Whilst the fuselage is still in an easily handled state, give a coat or two of dope to 'proof' and then paint on the canopy. The wing is simply a panel of 1/4in balsa. See the perspective drawing on page 381. Mark the centre of the wing (where it fits in the fuselage). Leave this centre piece square but carve and sand the rest of the wing down to a smooth aerofoil section and taper off the tips. The actual section does not really matter..."

Note: The wing is drawn on page 2 of the article, in the exploded diagram it shows the wing is a 16 x 3in panel of 1/4" balsa.

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I discovered an excellent set of instructions on how to convert the Scoot to electric control line. It just doesn't get easier than this!
ChrisPinn - 21/02/2018
Hello, I've attached a picture of my version of the 'Scoot' [main pic] which you can add to Outerzone. I've scaled the model up by 25% to fit in the electric equipment. Greetings,
Volker Lisiewicz - 29/06/2020
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