Skyline Kitten (oz2568)


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Skyline Kitten, A 44 inch span FF sport model. Model Aircraft, September 1952.

Quote: "Skyline Kitten, by SH Smith.

THE fuselage is basically constructed of 1/8 in sq longerons and spacers. The stringers are 3/32, formers 1/16 sheet, tail skid/fin two cross-grain balsa sheets sanded to approximately 3/16 with lightening hole in centre. 1/8 in sheet is inserted (cut where shown for lightness] between the engine and undercarriage bulkheads. This makes a very strong nose, which is then covered with 1/32 sheet back to the cockpit. String is cemented round the cockpit edge. The soft balsa blocks, in the case of a radial mounted engine, should be hollowed out as much as possible.

Centre-section struts are 3/8 dowels and are located in 3/16 balsa blocks cemented to the top and bottom longerons. The centre section hatch is fitted with a linen hinge and secured by a brass clip through which a woodscrew is driven into a hardwood insert. The solid soft balsa LE and TE are sanded to shape. The centre section ribs are faced with the thinnest plywood available and it is important to make these ribs and the inboard wing ribs together, drilling locating dowel holm as one.

The 'Klipon' fasteners (obtainable from Henry J Nicholls) are located with ribbon pins to a dowel which is then cemented to bottom longerons and spacer. The engine former is made from 1/8 plywood in the case of beam mounting (alternative drawing shown) and lightened where possible.

The undercarriage (12 swg) is bound to a plywood former, with a locating block in the centre; this should be a tight fit expanding legs against thread which is then cemented back and front. Tin keepers arc zoldered to the undercarriage legs and a sandwich of 1/8 balsa sheet is cemented together and sanded to a streamline section... "

Update 17/09/2012: replaced this plan with a cleaner version.

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Here's a few more pictures to supplement the black and whites of the Skyline Kitten [see more pics 004-006]. This is a beautiful design (my second plan build) and was an absolute pleasure to build. This one was slightly modified for 2 channel electric power.
David - 17/02/2016
Hi David, Can you recommend a useful size electric motor, please
Rod Levin - 29/11/2019
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