Curtiss SO3C-1 (oz2061)


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Curtiss SO3C-1. Navy Scout. Scale rubber model. Kitted as Flyline models ref no 117.

The Earl Stahl Curtiss SO3C-1 (oz12759) was first published in MAN Dec 1941. This here is a later redrawn version, from a Flyline kit circa 1970.

Quote from the plan: "Rubber powered 23-1/2in span 20-3/4in length, designed by Earl Stahl and published in the Dec 1941 issue of MODEL AIRPLANE NEWS. This kit is produced with permission of the designer and publisher. Also suitable for CO2 powerplants."

Quote from MAN article: "Newest scout-observation plane being produced for the US Navy is the trim little Curtiss SO3C-1. As such, it is designed to perform the various duties required of planes operating from cruisers and battleships. It can be used either as a landplane or seaplane, its chief function, however being that of catapult launched seaplane.

Frequently referred to as the 'eyes of the fleet' it is the military mission of these ships to direct the fire of the battleships' big guns and conduct long range scouting activities in search of enemy surface vessels and submarines. In addition to these tasks the 'S-O' planes lay protective smoke screens around friendly naval craft and fighting activities.

In design the SO3C-1 is a two-seater, mid-wing monoplane. An inverted, air-cooled Ranger 12 cylinder engine of 520 horsepower is installed. With the exception of the fabric covered tail surfaces, construction is all metal. As a landplane, the ship is equipped with a fully faired, non retractable landing gear; when being used as a catapult launched seaplane, a large single main float and two small wing tip floats are installed.

Compared with modern share or aircraft carrier based aircraft, the performance is not starting; nevertheless it is considerably improved over that of the old Vought 'Corsairs' and Curtiss 'Seagulls' (SOC-1) formerly assigned to this task. Top speed is in the neighborhood of 200 m.p.h. while cruising speed is 146 m.p.h. Specially designed slots and flaps keep the landing speed at less then 60 m.p.h. The fuel load of 199 gallons should give a cruising range of more than 1.000 miles.

The Curtiss SO3C-1 is not heavily armed. An electrically controlled machine gun is located in each wing half just outboard of the propeller arc. The observer is provided with a single gun which is exposed when the panels to the rear of his cockpit are lowered. Racks for small bombs may be installed under the wings and when flown as a landplane, a small torpedo may be carried beneath the belly.

Because of its ideal proportions and relatively simple structure, the SO3C-1 is readily adaptable for a flying scale model. Our little ship is a faithful reproduction of the prototype and for that reason makes an interesting model to build and fly. If carefully built from the accompanying plans, this little naval scout will take to the air as readily as 'a duck takes to water'.

Construction of the model is not difficult; before work is started, the pages of the plans should be properly joined. Select all balsa wood carefully so the structure will be as strong and light as possible. Cement all joints firmly checking frequently for correct alignment.

Fuselage: The keel and bulkhead method of construction is employed for the fuselage. Exact size bulkheads are shown on the plan; two of each are required (except No.5 of which four are needed). They are cut from medium grade 1/16 sheet. Cut only those notches indicated; others will be cut later as required..."

Supplementary file notes

Article (MAN Dec 1941).
Printwood scans, thanks to LloydFuke.


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