Swanky Doodle (oz218)


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Swanky Doodle. Keith Laumer design for FF gas. Young Men (Air Trails) magazine, Nov 1956.

Quote: "How would you like to see a sleek, realistic model with a swept-rudder, low-dihedral wing and brilliant paint job parked on the runway with the motor howling? Released, it scoots forward for a 15 to 20 feet run before lifting in a screaming climb, a tight-banked acceleration that stresses the wing almost to the folding point; then as the power cuts, a perfect follow-through, from any attitude, without a stall, to a fast flat glide into a no-bounce landing on grass or pavement!

If that's your idea of sport flying, let's get started building 'Swanky Doodle'. Construction is simple. Snappy appearance and structural strength are achieved without elaborate planking or hard-to-build curves.

Fuselage: Start by cutting out the four 1/8 plywood parts and the seven 1/8 sheet balsa parts (Nos 1-11). Then cover the plan with waxed paper and lay out the fuselage side. Use medium hard 1/8 square balsa, cutting teo of each part as you go along. Do not lay out the cabin side, as it is built separately. Build the second side dorectly over the first. Allow thw glue to set hard before removing the sides from the plan and sanding with a sanding block.

Next, bend the landing gear from 1/16 piano wire and lace it to the bulkhead No.9 using No 30 linen thread. The tail skid is bent from 1/32 wire..."

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Article, thanks to tri-pacer, Newtmagick, Circlip.


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Hi Mary, Here are some pictures of the completed Swanky Doodle [main pic, 003-006] tribute build designed by Keith Laumer in 1956. The original airplane is a free flight design with a 34” wing span. I wanted a larger aircraft so I scaled it up 141%, which now gives the Swanky a 46” wingspan and a considerably larger fuselage. Also, some of the wood sizes were altered or changed to withstand the stress of the larger air frame. A more detailed build article of this airplane can be found at: http://tslidehaven.com/swanky... Thanks! Awesome web site! Regards,
Johnny B - 04/09/2020
Terrific photos Johnny, the finish quality is excellent. Laumer's designs were either "Pretty" or "Ugly" (everyone is entitled to his/her own taste provided it coincides with mine!), Luckily you chose one of the pretty ones, and your tasteful finish made it even better.
Miguel - 05/09/2020
Thanks for the compliments on the Swanky finish Miguel. I definitely prefer some of Keith's designs more than others. They're all sort of whimsical and cute, with names to match....I've been looking at other designs of his to enlarge---Buttons, Lulla Bi and the most challenging one, Daniel Boom. Maybe this winter--New projects!
JohnnyB - 07/09/2020
By all means, bring them on :-) And I expect to see more of your sober and elegant decorations, especially as I have as much artistic abilities as a water buffalo myself.
Please just don't do a Little Red Twin, one of those featured in the final bombing scene of Apocalypse Now!
Miguel - 07/09/2020
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