Flying Aces Kaydet (oz2709)


Flying Aces Kaydet (oz2709) by Nick Limber, J Sorkowitz from Flying Aces 1939 - plan thumbnail

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Flying Aces Kaydet. Rubber sport cabin model.

Quote: "The FA Kaydet is a sturdy little model designed primarily for the enjoyment of the builder during construction as well as flying. Its simple lines permit rapid assembling of the craft and prevent constructional pitfalls into which the 'cadet' builder might fall with other models designed for endurance.

The rugged structure of the plane has passed rigid tests, inasmuch as the original Kaydet was built over a year ago. Flown constantly during this time, the craft has yet to meet with any mishap or crack-up. It has always delivered top-notch performance. And if your Kaydet is built according to specifications, it will equal the per-formance of the original model. So let's start the con-struction of this unique ship.

All fuselage framework is built of 1/8 sq strips. After carefully placing the diagrams of the body together, pin the longerons to the plans. Incidentally, if you wish to preserve the drawings, place a sheet of transparent wax paper over the plans before you start work.

The uprights are cemented in place between the longerons, and the unit should be allowed to dry thoroughly before the pins are removed. And after the sides have been completed, assemble the fuselage by placing the cross members in their proper places on both the upper and lower surfaces of the structure.

Formers No. 1 and No. 2 are made of 1/16 and 1/8 sheet balsa respectively. These are then cemented to frame as indicated in the plans. The stringers that are attached to the formers are made of 1/8 by 1/16 balsa. The windshield frame may be constructed of stuff of the same dimensions.

Sheet balsa covering, 1/16 in thickness, is cemented between the first two uprights, aty he tailpost, and at other stations dicated by the side view diagram. Similar balsa covering should now be glued to the bottom surface of the fuselage between the first two uprights..."

Update 09/10/2018: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy (single sheet, shows full wing layout) thanks to DBHL, theshadow.

Scan from DBHL, cleanup by theshadow.

ref DBHL-5856.

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I built one in 1939 and found it to have a heavy wing loading. Not surprising considering the dimensions of the wood indicated. More recently I built another and found the same flight pattern; little height gain and steep glide. I have decided to build yet another and closer examination of the plan shows that the actual thicknesses of some components as printed on the plan(wing spars, trailing edge etc) do not correspond to the specified dimentions. For instance if you measure the width of the trailing edge on the plan and compare that with the stated dimension you will see the difference. I have become convinced that the original plan was reduced in places to fit in to the Flying Aces page size. I think that the original wingspan would have been 25 inches or thereabout, have increased a plan to that size. but I am not sure yet if some other components such as tailplane can be increases in the same way.
RalphHunt - 23/07/2013
Interesting. Curiously the SAM approved list here lists it as even smaller, at 15in. That does seem wrong, to me. Anyone out there sure of the span?
SteveWMD - 23/07/2013
Hello. A couple of further points: I have the original Flying Aces of 1939. The wood labelled on the plan as 1/8" sq.actually measures as 3/32" which would indicate a 75% scaling. The wingspan measured on the plan in Flying Aces is about eighteen and a quarter inches , so scaling up from 75% to 100% would give 24"-25". This would mean a better wing loading for a fuselage solidly constructed with 1/8" sq. throughout - and with some 1/16" sheeting. time will tell.
RH - 23/07/2013
The plan in the Flying Aces magazine is on several pages. The page with the wing plan labels the trailing edge as 1/4" wide. It actually measures 3/16" i.e. 75%. There are anomalies also in the tailplane dimensions.
RH - 24/07/2013
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