Flying Aces Stick (oz225)


Flying Aces Stick (oz225) by Bill Effinger, Thracey Petrides from Flying Aces 1936 - plan thumbnail

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FA Stick model. Simple stick fuselage model for gas FF.

Quote: "Fans, it's not difficult to get your start in the gas model field - and Flying Aces proves it right here by offering you an easily-built, low-cost gas job. Just as the stick model has always been the stepping stone for beginners in the rubber-motor field, you'll find that this sleek, stick-typer is just the ship to lead off with in the power class. Yes, she looks mighty good - and she's just as good as she looks! Flying Aces Stick, By Bill Effinger & Thracey Petrides.

There are really only two reasons why the average model airplane builder who wants to make a gas model hesitates - he's worried about his inexperience with power jobs and also about the cost. Since gas models are generally conceded to be the most advanced form of model building, he may come to the mistaken conclusion that gas model construction is only for the most expert and experienced builders.

As for the cost, our gas model prospect has heard that the average outlay for gas models is about $35 - all of which goes up in so much smoke if the ship is not properly designed and balanced.

Fortunately, however, we can assure you that the trend is now away from the complicated airplane structures which demand so much extreme expertness on the part of the builder. Smooth, clean ships which are simply made have already replaced the old 'flying box cars.' And best of all, the trend in the gas job field is definitely away from high costs.

The Flying Aces Stick Gas Job was designed to be as simple as possible, and at the same time to be strong, stable, and capable of flights of good duration. We built this model at a minimum expense, yet the completed ship fulfilled our highest expectations. More than one hundred flights were made, each ending with a perfect landing. The plane always takes off after a very short run, and it has climbed steadily in each flight until the engine faded out. In the return journey, its glides are smooth and flat.

It only costs a few dollars to build the Flying Aces Stick Gas Job, and it's as easy to build as a good rubber powered model - in fact, easier than many of the rubber motored replica craft. Above all, this gas model will give you real experience in building and flying powered craft. Okay, then. Let's get started.

The motor stick is the backbone of the plane and should be constructed first. The outline of the motor stick is laid out, according to the dimensions on the plans (see following pages), on a smooth board. The 1/4 by 1/2 in spruce longerons are bent along the outline and the cross members are cemented in place with model cement. After the cement has dried, small holes are drilled in the longerons, using a brad as a drill. Two 3/4 in brads are nailed in each cross member.

The two longerons are cemented together in the rear, and a balsa gusset is used for strengthening. The motor mount is simply two pieces of 1/4 in thick plywood which are glued together and cut out to fit whichever motor you use. Drill small holes and insert 1/2 in round-head wood screws to further secure your mount..."

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