Live Wire Kitten (oz275)


Live Wire Kitten (oz275) by Hal DeBolt from DMECO 1953 - plan thumbnail

About this Plan

Live Wire Kitten. Small 1/2A powered R/C model. Tiled plan for A4 paper.

Quote: "The Live Wire 'Kitten' is the newest type of model for radio control flying. In it you have a small compact easily assembled model that is powered with a .049 engine, yet it is extremely efficient in flight. Using the new 27 mc radio units it weighs only 18 oz, yet it performs with the best of them.

In the Live Wire design you have a model developed especially for radio control flying. Every aspect of its design lends some desirable feature to R/C performance. The excellent penetration characteristics of the Kitten allow it to be flown in moderate winds. Exceptional stability makes it simple to adjust and fly. Controlled climb gives it realistic performance and good maneuverability allows you to fly it in very restricted areas.

The model is built in a rugged manner using simple sheet balsa type construction which gives you a model that is not only easy to assemble but also one which can take it and last for many, many flights.

Points to bear in mind. This is a radio controlled model aircraft. Therefore, it is different from all other types and no matter what type of models you have used before, there are some things that are done differently in R/C which you must know about if you are to have success. Experience has shown this to be true. There is not the slightest thing complicated about them and if a little care is used so that you do things as experience has proved best, success should be immediate.

The Kitten was designed around the new light weight 27 mc radio equipment. You will find the cabin space more than ample in size to hold all of the equipment that will be necessary. It should be brought out here that the model is intended for use with this equipment which does not weigh over 12 oz complete. The installations shown will not weigh over 10 oz and if other types are substituted their weight should be checked to see that it does not exceed this maximum.

The battery hookup shown has proven to be both reliable and efficient as well as light in weight. Every effort should be made to use it just as shown. As indicated the batteries are soldered to their connections. However, suitable light weight battery boxes may be substituted if available. Mount them solidly and in the some relative position as they are now.

The control system provided is the result of experimenting with all known types. It has proven to be the best all around method of transferring the movement to the rudder. The thing to bear in mind is that it must work freely without the slightest bind, the 1/8 in rubber used with the escapements is the most powerful that they are built to be used with, therefore the power available is low and any binding will prevent consistent operation..."

Update 06/09/2018: added brief kit review from Air Trails, November 1953, thanks to dfritzke.

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Alternate version of the same plan on one large sheet, thanks to JeffMac. This scan also includes instructions text.
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Hi Steve, I am attaching a photo of my kit built Kitten [main pic]. The photo was taken at Toledo in 2017 when this plane won 2nd place in "Vintage RC Plane". Finished in silk and brushed dope, which was the covering system at the time. I believe it is the best covering system yet, very durable and no wrinkles when done correctly.
Bob Noll - 10/02/2021
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