Crackerjack (oz3320)

 

Crackerjack - plan thumbnail image

About this Plan

Cracker Jack - Radio control scale model of the parasol single seat home built. The subject is a homebuilt plane designed by Pete Plumb in the late 1970s. Plan scale is 1/3. Wingspan 9ft. For OS twin 4-stroke.

Quote: "IT WAS DURING MY FIRST VISIT to Oshkosh in '83 that I saw the full size prototype of the 'Crackerjack'. In '83, the attendances to the EAA annual convention at Oshkosh numbered 14,000 aircraft movements, yes, fourteen thousand during the week, and over 200,000 in the crowd for the first Sunday of the meeting. It must be - is - the most mind boggling show of its kind in the world. There are representative aircraft of all types there, such as World War II, antique, microlight, replica, etc - a most impressive display. However, back to the Crackerjack; the name, by the way, is coined from a make of popcorn. Their trademark is the Sailorboy and his dog, which appears on the fin and rudder, and the designer of the full size aeroplane had their blessing to use it.

The Crackerjack was designed in 1978 by a talented young man named Peter Plumb, who runs a small company called Woodwing Specialities in Tahachabi, California. It is powered by an 850cc flat twin, air cooled 4-cycle DAF car engine suitably modified for aircraft use. Fortunately, it measures just about three times the physical size of the OS twin 120 FS 4-cycle engine - hence my interest in the aeroplane, and at 1/3rd full size it came out just right for my needs. Of course, it can be fitted with any engine of similar power, but I had a Gemini, so I intended to use it!

The designer was very helful to me, supplying drawings and pictures taken during the construction of the full size aircraft. After checking this information, I decided that the model could be built in exactly the same way, using the same materials and methods as for the full-sized aircraft. I made just three main concessions, the fixings of the wing roots to the centre section, the fitting of a 'Cub' type sprung landing gear, and the 'solid' leading edge wing ribs. The remaining structure is a faithful replica.

If you don't fancy building the Warren truss ribs, you can of course cheat, and cut them from sheet balsa, but I suggest you stay with the rest of the structure for lightness, mine weighs 14 lb complete.

All aircraft fly better if they are kept light..."

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Update 07/04/2017: added article, thanks to RFJ.

Supplementary file notes

Article.

Corrections?

Did we get something wrong with these details about this plan (especially the datafile)? That happens sometimes. You can help us fix it.
Add a correction

Crackerjack - completed model photo

Datafile:

003.jpg
003.jpg
004.jpg
004.jpg
005.jpg
005.jpg

Do you have a photo you'd like to submit for this page? Then email admin@outerzone.co.uk

User comments

No comments yet for this plan. Got something to say about this one?
Add a comment

 

 
 

Download File(s):
 

Notes

* Credit field

The Credit field in the Outerzone database is designed to recognise and credit the hard work done in scanning and digitally cleaning these vintage and old timer model aircraft plans to get them into a usable format. Currently, it is also used to credit people simply for uploading the plan to a forum on the internet. Which is not quite the same thing. This will change soon. Probably.

Scaling

This model plan (like all plans on Outerzone) is supposedly scaled correctly and supposedly will print out nicely at the right size. But that doesn't always happen. If you are about to start building a model plane using this free plan, you are strongly advised to check the scaling very, very carefully before cutting any balsa wood.

 

Terms of Use

© Outerzone, 2011-2019.

All content is free to download for personal use.

For non-personal use and/or publication: plans, photos, excerpts, links etc may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Outerzone with appropriate and specific direction to the original content i.e. a direct hyperlink back to the Outerzone source page.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site's owner is strictly prohibited. If we discover that content is being stolen, we will consider filing a formal DMCA notice.