SE5a (oz2849)


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SE5a. Free flight scale model. Wingspan 40 in. From Model Aircraft, April 1954.

Quote: "Scout Experimental. AW GARRY designed this model of the famous World War One SE5A, for 1-1.6 cc motors.

NEEDING little introduction, the S.E.5a was one of the most formidable fighting scouts designed during the Great War. Many a famous Ace piled up his grim score on the '5A', and it may justly be termed 'The Spitfire of World War One'.

Build the basic box fuselage first, and add formers and 2. Cut, drill, and fit - but do not cement - motor bearers. Test-fit motor to ensure that correct side thrust is obtainable, then cement the bearers rigidly in place. Add all coaming formers and stringers. but not the centre section longeron marked X.

Now make two centre section strut units over plan front 18g wire, add the 20g bracing wires, with their lop ends formed into 1/16 in eyelets, and fair off the struts with 3/8 x 1/16 each side. Cut two lengths of tin strip 3/16 in wide and 5-1/2 in long, cement to longeron X as plan, and bind on the strut units with fuse wire. Do not solder yet. Now cement X firmly into place in formers. Cover top decking from B to cockpit with 1/32 hard balsa.

The centre section unit may now be assembled, binding all joints with fuse wire. Now check from front for 'squareness,' ie making sure that one wing will not be lower than the other, seen from the front. Finally, solder the front cross bracing wires in. The near ones are omitted for simplicity.

Make two undercarriage clips from 18g wire, solder to strip tin 3/16 in x 4 in, and firmly bind and cement to bottom longerons..."

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