Coon Dog (oz3422)
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Coon Dog. Control line biplane stunt model. For .35 to .45 engines.
Quote: "...a bi-plane design which flies really nice. Must take some photos and send them through." This plan was printed in Flying Models Decade of Designs (1), published 1960.
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Update 24/10/2020: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy and added missing article, thanks to theshadow.
Quote: "A few months ago, we had a terrible suspicion: that we weren't getting enough fun flying the control-line jobs we had on hand. Giving the matter deep thought, we finally decided that, by jing, we would design a ship that would keep us on our toes! In short, we would produce a real mean one.
Well, we fooled around with various ideas, but none of them seemed capable of being as ornery as what we wanted - until we got working on 'Coon Dog.' and as our Coon Dog took shape, we began to have a hunch: this was the critter!
First take-off convinced us - at least for a couple seconds - that we couldn't have been more wrong! The ship clambered lazily into the air with all the nastiness of a DC-3. We relaxed disgustedly, all set for another milk run.
Then we got a shock! Our Coon Dog, having arrived at cruising speed, suddenly bared her teeth and went wild. We got a safer grip on the handle, and began cautiously feeling out this vicious animal on the ends of the lines. Our original disappointment vanished - here, without any doubt, was a real mean one!
Well, that was fine, but would she stunt? She would. She tried to tear our arm off, and she scared us half to death, but she proved she could do just about anything in the book. She also proved we needed a lot of practice in order to get the most out of her.
For some reason we haven't figured out yet, her landings are just as tame as her take-offs. She touches her little 2 inch wheels and stops, with less bounce to the ounce than anything else we've ever flown. But we assure you that her take-offs and landings are her only docile moments.
Summing up her characteristics, we'd better emphasize that she's not the airplane for a novice stunt pilot. Even Charlie Martin, who's the best and the coolest stunt man we know, had a little trouble mastering this wicked critter.
But for real thrills - well, we're pretty sure you'll never get bored flying Coon Dog. Not only that, but we can practically guarantee that, after each flight, you'll stop shaking as soon as you've had a cup of black coffee and ten minutes' complete rest.
Now if you're feeling brave, let's start on construction. The design is pretty conventional, and shouldn't give the moderately experienced modeler any trouble. We used a Maxwell .49 in the original..."
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User commentsPhoto is by hogal, of his own Coon Dog model. Quote: "She is a very nice flier and the controls are really loose on it – the elevator does drop under its own weight. Fitted with Fox 35 it will far out perform my humble capabilities."
SteveWMD - 30/09/2012
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