Frostbite (oz2593)


Frostbite (oz2593) by Don McGovern from Flying Models 1953 - plan thumbnail

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Frostbite. Free flight power model. A Don McGovern design, published in the February 1953 issue of Flying Models.

Minimum engine size is .29 and max is .60 glow. Wheels are optional and the wing chord looks to be almost a foot. This plan was printed in Flying Models Decade of Designs (1), published 1960.

Quote: "Here's a job that can provide you with sport flying the whole year round. It performs equally well with wheels, skis or twin floats.

Fossil remains of a Class C 'Free Flitus' were found recently in the freshly turned earth for a large housing development. Archaeologists called in were quick to venture opinions. A 'Flying Quakus' cried one. A 'Snuper Buccaneer' ventured another. Arguments ran hot and heavy and soon drifted to the cause of the gradual extinc-tion of the Class C 'Free Flitus.'

Lack of flying fields, construction time, added expense, transportation and such were termed responsible. Some even said swarms of 1/2As stung the C's into near oblivion.

Whatever the cause, it is sad to see them go, for in many ways no other model can match the majesty of a C job in flight. The blustering roar of a .60 engine straining for the take-off and battling for altitude, followed by the effortless glide, lives on in the hearts of all modelers who were on the contest field a dozen years ago.

Fortunately our hobby is one of creation, and if we long for a seven-footer for a change of pace, we are free to build one. We cannot breathe life into a dinosaur's fossils, but we have only to prime our rusty trusty 'Cykes' and flip the old shillelagh to pour life into a giant model of our choosing.

In keeping with the spirit of things, we chose an ignition system for the seven-foot Frostbite. With the cold tang of winter shrouding the country and lakes frozen over, an ignition engine, skis and a rugged ship such as this are a natural. If fields are scarce come spring, we can switch to floats.

Construction is routine, so we will not bore you with the step-by-step account of how to smear cement on your good pants. Instead, we will endeavor to cover the points of interest in the design and construction..."

Update 17/01/2017: added article, thanks to RFJ.

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