Jersey Skeeter (oz1918)


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Jersey Skeeter. Towline glider. Competition winner.

Quote: "Here's a thoroughly tested and proved Class C towline glider that is a sure contest winner. I Greg Higgins design perfected by Bob Smith.

SINCE Pearl Harbor, the supplies of gasoline and rubber have become increasingly acute. Towline gliders have taken the spotlight in the last contest sea-son because they require none of these scarce items.

Gliding is man's nearest imitation of the birds. What a thrill it is to see your model suddenly rising in the grasp of a thermal, and circle high in the sky in effortless flight!

The Jersey Skeeter demonstrated itself as a real thermal rider. It has placed in many contests during the past season, including first place at the Perth Amboy Rubber Meet with a three flight average of 1 min 20 sec. It also set a new Linden Model Aircraft Club record with a single flight of 5 min 16 sec. The longest unofficial flight was 7 min 30 sec, which was the ship's last flight since it never re-turned.

CONSTRUCTION: Before actual construction is begun, full size plans must be drawn. This is not a hard job because the plans are drawn to scale.

FUSELAGE: The fuselage is begun by pinning the longerons of hard 1/8 in square balsa into place. Do not push the pins through the wood but place them on each side so the longerons are not weakened. Add the uprights next, using care to make good, well fitting joints. To assure accuracy, build the other side directly on top of the first and, when dry, separate with a razor blade. The sides are then joined, first at the tail and then at the nose..."

Update 17/01/2019: Added article, thanks to RFJ.

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