Bellanca XRE-1 Navy (oz2047)


Bellanca XRE-1 Navy (oz2047) by Walt Musciano from Model Airplane News 1959 - plan thumbnail

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Navy Bellanca. Scale/stunt control line model, for .19 to .35 engines. Scale is 1/12.

Quote: "Navy Bellanca by WALTER MUSCIANO.

Generous wing area makes the ever-popular cabin job good flier on engines of 9-.35 displacement. Not bad stunter - been proved.

Profile scale and semi-scale stunt control-line jobs are very popular. However, these seem to be half-way measures which result in good stunt models but poor scale jobs. There are numerous full-size planes which are readily adaptable to scale stunt replica with little or no modification.

All pre-war Bellanca single-engine airplanes are ideal candidates for stunt models with their enormous wing area and moderately short tail moment arms. Several have been built and flown successfully by the author. The latest is presented here and sports US Navy colors and markings which are authentic. This craft is almost identical with the commercial Bellanca Sky-rocket but it was felt that it would appear more logical if a Navy craft was seen executing intricate maneuvers rather than a private plane!

Our model of the Bellanca XRE-1 Navy personnel transport, cargo carrier and liaison plane was built to the scale of one inch equals one foot. Any engine of from .19 to .35 cubic inch displacement can be used; we consider a .23 to be ideal for good stunting in this model.

As part of our scale multi-engine, scale-speed and scale-stunt evaluation models using Mono-line controls, our XRE-1 was fitted with a Stanzel Stunt-master Mono-line control system. The prototype model exceeded our highest expectations of performance at the end of the single line. Those model builders who are interested in sport flying can install a conventional Mono-line control mechanism in the sport location shown on the plans. The model should balance at the forward balance location for sport flying.

The wing span is under four feet with a projected area of 300 square inches. Airfoil is original with a 15 percent thickness, with a sharp leading edge which we have found to be an advantage on control-line craft. Wing construction is strong but light while the fuselage is a simple box.

Construction begins with the fuse-lage by cutting the bulkheads, formers and sides to shape. Cement the sides to the formers, using pins as clamps. Pull the sides together at the rear and set aside to dry..."

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