Pronto (oz2691)


Pronto (oz2691) by Snooky Pakula from Flying Aces 1939 - plan thumbnail

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Flying Aces Pronto. Free flight rubber sports model. May 1939 by 'Snooky' Pakula. This is not a full-size plan, this is a copy of the original magazine pages. Formers are shown at full size, other views are at half-size.

Quote: "There's nothing more thrilling than a neat high-winger. And one that has plenty of speed and maneuverability always brings an 'I wish that was mine' from all passers-by. Well, modelers, here's a ship that'll fill that bill to a 'T'! Yep, our 'Pronto' is just that kind of job! And after your own sleek little skyster is finished, you'll see that it's tagged 'Pronto' because she always delivers swell flights in lightning quick order!

Fans, this month we present the FA Pronto, latest member of model family. And she's a very welcome one, too! For this baby really lives up to her name with every rev of her prop. Of rugged design and construction, our parasol model possesses all the speed and punch that can possibly be packed within twelve inches of framework. Its sturdily mounted high wing, tall rudder, and generous tail surfaces provide perfect stability. That's the low down, laddies. So now hop to it - and you'll end with a sweet model that'll give you heaps of fun.

Fuselage construction. The first step is to enlarge to full scale the drawings of the fuselage - Plate 1. This may be done very easily with the aid of a pair of dividers or scale rule. One side of the body is laid down at a time. Of the conventional box-type fuselage, it is built up throughout of 1/16 sq hard balsa.

All upright and diagonal members should be cut carefully to insure perfect joints against top and bottom longerons. The extreme end of the body is joined to an upright member cut from 1/16 sq hard balsa.

The next step is to cement a hard balsa rear plug in place as indicated in the side view fuselage plan. The rear hook, which may be shaped from .038 wire, is placed in position before the plug is attached to the framework, however. The wire tail skid is cemented securely to the plug after the stringers are arranged. All fuselage formers, which are shown in full scale, are out from 1/16 balsa sheet. Carefully remove the wood where stringer notches are indicated, checking each one against the other for stringer alignment..."

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Hi Steve, Apparently, Snooky Patula (who is listed as the designer) was in real life known as Ruth Patula. Dave Stott had an article in the Jan/Feb 1996 FAC News about the May, 1939 Flying Aces magazine, in which this plan appears. He writes that in the October 1938 Model Airplane News, there is a picture of Ms. Pakula with the model. Fortunately, you have a much nicer copy of the plan here than the miniature example in the FAC News.
lincoln - 25/04/2013
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