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Skywalker. Radio control sport trainer model. For .60 - .80 power.
Quote: "Saving a marriage R/C style: our author fulfills a longstanding promise to teach his wife to fly with this custom designed trainer which, like him, is cute and has no bad habits. For four strokes.
I'd like to tell all of you that this design was computer lofted to precision specifications for the sole purpose of revolu-tionizing model aviation beyond belief, and, of course providing gobs of money and fame for its intrepid designer, as sort of an unimportant, minor byproduct. I'd really like to tell you that, but I can't, because it wasn't and it probably won't, which is too bad, because I could use it_.The money, I mean. I'm sort of ambivalent about the fame.
The truth is, the airplane was designed to sever an umbilical cord of the trainer variety. For the past several years my wife has good naturedly and patiently attempted to learn to fly R/C with whatever airplane that was currently airworthy out of the collection of oil-soaked wrecks I call a stable. Between working full time and completing her college degree part time, she has had very few spare hours to devote to becoming an R/C pilot. She does have a bunch of enthusiasm and a pretty fair amount of talent, and in a manner of speaking; it was the aforesaid talent that led to the situation which created the airplane.
Have patience; this will make sense shortly! You see, she would sometimes go a month or two between flying sessions, due to the press of work or school. The gods of R/C, being the capricious fiends that they are, would have by that time scrambled the contents of the basement again, and she would have to start anew with whatever different breed of airplane that was then attached to the one buddy boxable radio we owned. Needless to say, this led to a very strange sort of learning experience. After a year or so of this nonsense, I found that I had created a veritable Frankenstein's monster of the female aeronautical persuasion. In the air, the lady could handle anything from a three channel motor glider to my pattern airplane. Loops, rolls, split-S's, you name it; no prob-lem. Takeoff and land - that's a problem. So I find myself on the flight line, spending my time holding a switch that is attached to a wire that is attached to my wife, who, by the way, is having a really good time, and during 9/10ths of the flight, needs me like swiss cheese needs square holes. I am an automatic takeoff and landing device that is rapidly developing fallen arches and a bad attitude. The specter of marital discord arises. Curtain. End of Act 1.
The solution, of course, was obvious. She needed a trainer; an airplane all her own to land and bounce and break. This was a great idea, with just a few small problems attached to it. Problem I was this agreement we have: I build 'em, she flies 'em. She breaks 'em, I fix 'em. The trainer needed to be highly shock resistant..."
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Update 03/06/2016: article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
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