All Balsa Gas Model (oz2585)


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All Sheet Gas Model. Free flight pylon gas model. Baby Cyclone used on original.

Update 13/05/12: added text and pics from original article, courtesy of MikeNelson.

Quote: "Tom Laurie's All Balsa Gas Model. This time, as explained in the text, we have a complete construction article for The OLD TIMER of the MONTH. Better late than never!

Dear Mr Laurie, Thank you for resubmitting your 'All Balsa Gas Model' article. We still would like to publish this, but due to unforeseen circumstances, we still have a quantity of material on hand. We are returning this therefore, and if you would case to send it to us again in about 3-4 months, we will endeavor to accept it then. Very truly yours, Charles H Grant, Editor.

The above letter was mailed on Dec 22, 1939, but somehow, Tom never got around to returning the material for another try at having it published. Recently, it turned up while he was rummaging through some memorabilia, still in the brown manila envelope, with five 3-cent stamps for First Class mailing from New York to Ft Wayne, Indiana, Tom's home at the time.

Never being one to completely give up, Tom, who now lives in Newport Beach, California, brought the complete article, as originally submitted to Charlie Grant, then editor of Model Airplane News, to our office, and said: It's just a little out-dated, but maybe you'd like to publish it.

So, here it is, only 37-1/2 years later. We've printed the article without any updating or modification (except for italicized comments). John 'Daddy Warbucks' Pond has put his OT blessings on the design, based on the the clearly dated envelope that contained the original article material.

The small gas model presented here is an efficient model for the smaller line of gas engines. The design, having been influenced by the indoor variety of models, is very stable. The model has tight spiral climb and a very flat glide. I believe it will make it very formidable entry for the coming contest season. The outstanding feature of the model is the all-balsa construction of the wing and tail assembly. This type of construction may sound difficult, but it is not.

The little ship is very simple, but a careful study of the drawings and instructions will be very helpful. The extra time required for making a full size drawing will be more than compensated for during the building of the model..."

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