Tri-Traveler (oz2821)

 

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The Tri-Traveler. Free flight scale model of the Champion Tri-Traveler 7FC by Dan Lutz, from MAN Aug 1959.

Quote: "You can't ride in it, but this 'trike' Champion, is as close to big plane realism as you can get. Fine performer on those .049's. The Tri-Traveler by Dan Lutz.

Descended from the famous Aeronca Champion, the new Champion Traveler is manufactured by the Champion Aircraft Corp, Osecola, Wis. The new Champions have increased horsepower, new oleo-type shock-absorbing land-ing gear, completely upholstered interiors and a flashy new paint and trim combination. This outstanding airplane makes a rewarding model.

At the 1958 Nationals, the model was relatively new and not well tested, but later in the season took second in the Ninth Annual Flightmasters Scale Contest, Inglewood (Calif.) being beaten out by a ship with two-speed motor permitting full-nower take-off and throttled-back descent to power-on landing. At the time of writing the Tri-Traveler has logged over 200 flights in all kinds of weather. Scale tail area and near-scale dihedral don't seem to affect performance adversely.

The box-type fuselage is constructed from r sq. balsa with the nose portion planked with 1/16 sheet balsa. Cut out the two upper cabin side frames from 1/16 plywood. Drill the wing dowel holes in the right and left frames at the same time. This assures both wings have the same angle of incidence which is very important. Add the bulk-heads, 1/16 balsa rudder keel and stringers. Don't forget the 1/16 x 1/32 balsa cap strip on the bottom longerons which will serve as a covering ledge to keep the covering from sticking to the fuselage upright braces when doped.

The main landing gear mount is cut from 1/16 ply-wood. Sew the 1/16 piano wire gear to this mount and glue several times..."

Update 08/11/2014: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to DPlumpe.

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