Pylon Polisher (oz2756)


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Pylon Polisher. Rubber speed model called the "Pylon Polisher" From Sep. 1937 Flying Aces By Elbert J. Weathers.

Quote: "TRULY A RUGGED RACER! Summer is the season for air races. So this month, fans, we're keeping right in step by launching our model section with a top-notch blue-streaker right from the workbench of that skillful builder, Elbert Weathers. These pictures, plans, and instructions prove that his snappy contest racer has looks, has speed - and can 'take it.' So we earnestly suggest that you - Try a 'Pylon Polisher' by Elbert J. Weathers.

THERE is no dissenting vote when we say that the United States is a leader in the phase of aviation known as land plane racing. And in model building, there is nothing that offers more tense moments or closer competition than model plane racing.

So herewith yours truly, the writer, offers plans and instructions for constructing a real racer of his own design. And if your model is built according to these instructions, it will completely fulfill all the claims we make for the original.

My own ship is capable of 55 mph, and it climbs at an angle shallow enough to be of use in attempting to fly for speed and speed only. Ready to fly, this ship weighs 4-1/2 ounces. This may seem a trifle heavy for the size, but considering the fact that the plane is purely of the racing type and 'built to take it,' such a weight figure shouldn't worry anyone - especially after results have been observed.

Our Model. Begin the fuselage construction by first laying down two frames on the shaded portion of fuselage, as shown in the side view, Plates 2 and 3. When each has been finished, build them together as shown in top view of fuselage, Plates 4 and 5. This may best be done by cementing in the cross-braces in the parallel section first, and then building in the taper toward each end, later.

Now that the fuselage frame is completed, cement the formers of 1/16 sheet balsa in position along the top and bottom. When dry, add the stringers. These are 3/32 sq hard balsa, except in the fin area, where they should be tapered down to 1/16 sq..."

Note the correct span of this plan is 21in, thanks to Lincoln for spotting that.

Update 31/03/2016: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy (assembled onto single sheet) thanks to dfritzke.

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Article pages, text and pics. Also previous scan version (as originally printed across the magazine pages).


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Hi Steve, I have a copy of the magazine that the "Pylon Polisher" appears in. In the magazine, the span is about 21 inches, not 19 as in the Outerzone listing. It's kind of odd to see something so scale-like that's not scale.
Lincoln - 12/12/2013
Thanks, have changd the listing to 21in wingspan now.
SteveWMD - 12/12/2013
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