Curtiss Racer (oz2239)


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Curtiss Racer. Curtiss Hawk XF6C-6. Free flight scale model of the Navy Page Racer. For 1/2A engines. Scale is 1/12.

Quote: "Curtiss Racer. Marine pilot Capt Arthur H Page almost won first Thompson Trophy Race in this Navy parasol wing racer which has been a favorite with the model builders since 1930.

This snappy 600 hp Curtiss 'Conqueror' V-12 engine powered racing plane featured flush-skin radiators on the upper surface of the wing, and this feature was considered to be one of the main reasons for its fine performance.

Meticulous care was taken to insure perfect streamlining through generous filleting at all strut joints and, as can be seen, enormous pants faired the wheels. It will be noted that the design is typical of the Curtiss craft of that era, with strong resemblance to P-6E, F11C-2 etc, but with the lower wing removed.

We thank GA Page of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation for information on the full-scale craft which reatly contributed to the success of this model: J 'Red' Rehfield was also most helpful.

Construction is started by cutting 1/8 horizontal keel and 1/16 formers and 3/32 bulkhead to shape. It is suggested that all balsa be well sanded before being cut to shape. In this way all excess nap will be removed from the balsa, and the weight thus saved can be used on finish and other external detail. Now the landing gear should be bent to shape and sewn to the 1/16 plywood foundation. Apply several coats of cement.

Cement all the formers to the keel and, when dry, add stringers. These should be 1/16 square rock-hard balsa. Notice that stringers are cemented directly to the outside of formers without the customary notching. This was done in order to obtain a smooth covering job without the formers being visible. With this method it is not necessary to scallop the formers..."

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