Grumman G-44 Widgeon (oz3469)
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Grumman Widgeon. Scale twin control line amphibian model.
Quote: "A Scale Amphibian in Time for Spring. Grumman G-44 Widgeon, by Paul Palanek
The G-44 'Widgeon' was designed as a commercial amphibian flying boat, and a service utility version was ordered by the US Navy and Coast Guard as a J4F-1 and J4F-2, entering service in 1941-2. Our model is that of a G44, decked out in Air Sea Rescue markings and color scheme.
In designing this amphibian we drew a line on top power and worked down. Invariably the twin-engined model builder has the tendency to overpower the craft, this applies mostly to yours truly. However, with theWidgeon we worked toward a light structure which we truly believe could fly with rubber motors. Moderate power would be .099, maximum should be a pair of .15s. Our model flew very well on a pair of .074s, churning a pair of 8 x 6 Tornado props.
Since the model is that of an amphibian, land as well as water flights are possible. For water flights, remove the main gear assembly, and secure a pair of wheels of similiar dia. in the wells.
Commence construction with the hull, using butt cemented sheets of :;'4,2" balsa for sufficient width. Select sheets that flex equally, or else the hull when assembled, will not have true alignment. Note the hull sheet line forward of the cabin. Former
bulkheads take over at this point, together with 1/8 x 1/4 in strip planking. All bulkheads are cut from 1/4 in sheet balsa. Construction is simple and conventional, yet rugged.
After the hull sides are assembled and frame work complete with bell-crank installed, cut out the wheel well pockets. Build up insides of hull as indicated, in the bulkhead cross-sections, using balsa and 1/8 plywood. When sufficiently dried, trim the ex-cess balsa from the well installation.
Proceed to sheet the hull bottom, using 3/32 sheet balsa with the grain running across the hull. While drying, secure the cabin formers C-1 and C-2, top and bottom. Plank the forward deck using 1/4 x 1/4 strip balsa. At this point, install the tail wheel wire..."
Quote: "Widgeon – a scale flying boat for twin 1.5 to 2.5cc engines. An interesting build and shows land U/C if water is not available."
This plan was printed in Flying Models Decade of Designs (1), published 1960.
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