Walkin Shoes (oz3144)


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Walking Shoes. An 88in span FF glider, from Model Aircraft February 1958.

Quote: "A 7ft 6 in glider for those who like 'em big. Walkin' Shoes, by J Moseley.

Walkin Shoes is developed from a design laid down early in 1956, the basic requirements being a lightweight sailplane of simple construction, with a one-piece wing of the largest size practical for relatively easy transportation. The aspect ratio was kept fairly low so as to arrive at a wing area of approximately 850 sq in, and a powerful tailplane was used in conjunction with a rearward CG position.

This prototype model was relatively successful, though of strictly functional appearance, and rather unsteady on the towline, but it was lost at Mill Hill soon after completion.

Walkin' Shoes was then laid down with structural alterations and considerably more eye-appeal than its predecessor, while flying tests showed that performance and tow-line stability were much improved.

Fuselage. Commence construction by binding the towhook to a piece or hardwood. and cementing it securely to the fuselage base. Next, cement all formers to the base and put aside to dry thoroughly, cutting the fuselage sides to shape in the meanwhile. Cement one side to the fuselage base assembly, and when dry add the auto-rudder mechanism. Cut a small slot in the rear of the port fuselage side, and cement in a short length of neoprene fuel tubing for the rudder line to run through.

Add the second side, dowels, gussets, etc, and complete the fuselage by sheeting in the top. The fin is cemented securely between the rear fuselage sides, ensuring that it is vertical and true, then the noseblock is added and the entire structure well sandpapered..."

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Great design by Jim, it would be a good "open glider" even today, 54 years later...
Brian - 22/07/2012
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