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Fairey Firefly I. Scale control line model. Ohlsson 23 motor.
Quote: "Firefly I by Dick Struhl. Here's a scale model with many of the qualities of its prototype.
THE Firefly I is Britain's standard carrier-based multi-purpose fighter, the successor of the famed Fulmar. Serving as a night-fighter and long-range fighter, the two-seater Firefly is also provided with a rear observation greenhouse for reconnaissance. It is powered by a Rolls-Royce Griffon engine and is reputed to be one of the fastest and heaviest armed two-seaters in the world. Take-offs from carrier decks are jet-assisted, and fully retractable Youngman flaps enable this heavy plane to land slowly.
As the subject for control-line flying. the Firefly I leaves very little to be desired. The low wing keeps the center of resistance just below the thrust line for the speed fans, and who can resist a bulbous cockpit and a camouflage paint job for beauty? The model as shown is an ideal sport and stunt-precision performer with a class B engine such as the Olhsson 23; however, if it's speed you are after, employ a larger engine and cut down on the elevator area to reduce sensitivity.
Before initial construction, enlarge the plans by means of the 1/2 in grids and the scale shown on the drawing. The fuselage is built around a conventional crutch of 1/4 sq balsa with 1/8 x 1/4 cross-pieces. This is clearly shown in the top view drawing. Build the sub-crutch directly upon the crutch; it runs from A to G, and forms the base of the removable section of the fuselage..."
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