Bitty Bipe (oz2949)


Bitty Bipe (oz2949) by Jim Edwards 1984 - plan thumbnail

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Bitty Bipe. Radio control aerobatic model, with .10 OS max shown.

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Quote: "Here is Jim Edwards' Bitty Bipe from Model Builder magazine, issue 02-84. This little bipe just screams out 'electrify me'! The drawing has no plan view of the fuselage. The text gives the width and how to add cross braces after squeezing the tailpost together."

Update 12/04/2021: Added article, thanks to GerritL.

QUote: "The Bitty-Bipe is a fun-fly or sport airplane. What makes it interesting is it's outstanding aerobatic performance on rather small glow engines and the fact that it can be built in one week-end. So, get out the cyanoacrylate and dust off the workbench, your going to want this plan! Bitty Bipe, by Jim 'Doc' Edwards.

As a biplane lover, this ship came to my mind when the super-small servos came out. However, it was not practical for me to buy five of them at that time just for this type of fun-fly airplane. I drew the working drawings and built the airplane over one weekend, but as it was cold weather, didn't fly it until after April. The wait was worth it as its performance surprised me. It will perform all the FAI aerobatic figures on an OS Max .10 very well, except vertical roll, although I'm not suggesting you build it for competition, but for fun.

CONSTRUCTION: Pick your balsa carefully! Any airplane will perform better if it is built lightly, and Bitty-Bipe is no exception. Do not add any structure, as the design has very sufficient strength.

Also, I feel that having an aileron servo in each wing is a smaller penalty to pay than struts and slave links between the wings. The drag is tremendous from these hardware items. Start by cutting all parts, and then proceed to build. I start with the wings, then the fuselage, and finally, the tail

feathers. Don't forget the tail's flying wires! Use super glues and you can build this model without getting up from your bench - if your back holds out!

If you wish to round the fuselage corners more, add soft 1/8 balsa to the fuselage sides behind the wings. The strengtheners in the rear of the fuselage are simply 3/32 x 1/4 strips added to the sides. Fire wall width is two inches. Fuselage width at the rear of the wing is also two inches. Bend the rear of the fuselage together for the 1/4 square tailpost. Make sure fuselage is straight! Fit the horizontal fuselage members. Measure them for the natural curve which the sides take when bent together.

The cowling is made right on the fuselage after you determine how your engine will be mounted. Be sure to coat the inside of the cowl.with epoxy to fuel-proof it.

The wings are built flat on the plans, blocking up the LE of the ribs equally. Pin the bottom 3/16 hard balsa spar in position, make certain the butt joint is perfect. Add ribs, gluing as you proceed, then add the top 3/16 spar and 5/16 x 1/4 TE. While still pinned to work table, cover the top of the wing forward of the spars with soft 1/16 sheet. Remove the wing from the plan and cover the bottom of wing as you did the top. Add the tips and ailerons (with aileron horns in place). You may beef up the aileron servo mount. If you wish, remembering that every piece you add adds weight.

Sand and cover the wings with your favorite heat-shrink film and hinge the ailerons. Now, build another wing exactly like the first, and the hardest parts are done.

The tail surfaces are built directly over the plan fron strip materials, and should be made warp-free.

Cover all parts and assemble the model so that everything is square and straight. Install the R/C equipment so that the balance point is where it is shown on the plans. You don't want to add nose weight to get the Bitty-Bipe to balance correcty.

The prototype flies well with an OS Max .10 Schneurle, as I stated - with a larger engine, who knows? Good luck with your Bitty-Bipe."

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Bitty Bipe (oz2949) by Jim Edwards 1984 - model pic

  • (oz2949)
    Bitty Bipe
    by Jim Edwards
    from Model Builder
    February 1984 
    33in span
    IC R/C Biplane
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 24/05/2012
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    Credit*: theshadow
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I think you can set this one to "formers not required". The article states that the firewall and former at the TE of the wing(s) are 2" wide and that after the fuselage sides are joined at the tailpost the remaining cross braces are then cut to fit between the fuselage sides. Should work fine as long as you've got the centreline marked on your building board to keep it all straight.
Duster - 22/09/2021
Thanks, got it.
SteveWMD - 22/09/2021
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