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Veron Deacon. Free flight high wing cabin model. Wingspan 52 in, wing area 410 sq in.
Quote: "The Deacon has been designed as a multi-purpose development of the supremely successful Cardinal (oz4418) with which so many Aeromodellists will have made their introduction to free-flight diesel powered models. By multi-purpose we mean that this model with its simple practical design may be used as a larger successor to the Cardinal for sport free-flight, or for 1 cc 'PAALoad' to SMAE rules, or for simple single-channel radio control for rudder operation only.
None of the extra items needed for building a radio control model are included in this kit - such items are plywood, dowel, tape for hinges, 18 and 20 swg wire, etc.
With its large lifting area, this model is quite capable of being powered by any diesel or glow-plug motor of 1 cc up to 2 cc and yet be able to carry up to 16 oz of ancilliary equipment.
The only adjustment necessary to fit most motors is the location of the mounting beams. Engines may be fitted upright or inverted but in the case of certain engines such as the 'Bee' the engine ban only be inverted by dispensing with the tank supplied and fitting a seoarate fre-flight tank such as the MS Small Plastic Graduated connected up with neoprene tubing..."
Update 21/05/2013: Added printwood formers for this plan, thanks to vintage1.
Update 22/10/2013: Replaced this plan with a clearer version, thanks to JJ.
Update 18/10/2016: Added kit instructions, thanks to JamesVincenti.
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Kit instructions, 4 pages, text. Also, printwood formers.
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by Phil Smith
IC F/F R/C Cabin Kit
all formers complete :)
Found online 14/04/2011 at:
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Credit*: tri-pacer, JJ
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User commentsThought you might like to have a picture of my Deacon with R/C and electric power [more pics 004].
DustyMiller - 24/12/2018
My first rc model aircraft was a Deacon. 1976. Was a wish come true. Ever since I started building models age five (1965) all I ever wanted was a rc model plane. It was fitted with MacGregor single channel radio (second hand) and an Enya 09 engine - by the way why is the silencer on the opposite side to all of the other engines of that type? - anyway the day had come for its first flight, without any sort of range test, the engine was started and the model was launched. After allowing it to climb fifty feet or so it was time to press the button! You guessed it, nothing happened! With the fuel tank full it flew in a straight line never to be seen again. So after forty years that first rc flight it's still as clear as a bell. Have just bought a Enya 09 next job build a new Deacon. Second time lucky? Must say have built quite a few rc models since the first Deacon. Best regards Tony Wright
Pufango - 02/03/2019
I was very much taken with the Veron Deacon model as a kid, but could never afford the kit on my paper round money. Many years later and soon after I discovered the 'Outerzone' website I decided to rectify that situation. I downloaded the plan and with just a few minor modifications produced this one [more pics 005, 006]. Now retired and no longer inclined to chase free-flight models around farm paddocks, this model had a 3-function radio installed and was powered with a Park 450 electric motor. Covering is regular HK plastic film. The model flew very nicely but inclined to dutch-roll if pushed too hard .... I was never overly happy with the plastic film finish and electric motor as being not 'properly authentic' and eventually sold it with the intention to build another sometime, but with tissue over doculam finish and a throttled Mills 1.3 diesel engine.
AlanW - 15/05/2019
My Dad made a free flight Deacon around 1962-63 in New Zealand and flew it at Trentham army camp with a huge hill behind. It climbed beautifully circling as he had told it too and when the fuel ran out it kept circling in the updraft and kept going up....you guessed it, it went so high and over into the next valley. We drove over Wallaceville Hill into Managaroa Valley hoping to see it somewhere on the other side but no such luck. Gone forever. Great to see plans still around. Might make an electric version one day
Richard Hall - 19/09/2020
Here are three pictures of my Veron Deacon [main pic, 007, 008]. I built one FF in Aden. Hooked a themal at about 10 feet above the ground... it is still somewhere in the Yemeni mountains. Picture of our FF field in Aden . (Too cold to go swimming when the temperature got down to 80F!!!).
Peter Miller - 01/12/2021
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