Polecat (oz3515)


Polecat (oz3515) by Brian Faulkner from Model Aircraft 1962 - plan thumbnail

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Polecat. Rubber power indoor RTP team racer, one of 2 free plans in the Model Aircraft issue March 1962.

Quote: "Full Size Plans for TWO Indoor Team Racers. Polecat, a model for serious competition flying, plus Polestar, a simpler design for the less experienced flier.

SPEED and range are the two factors which govern the design of an indoor team racer and to increase range, a longer motor must be accommodated which, in turn, necessitates a longer fuselage. Polecat with its longer fuselage (for range), plus a smaller wing to increase flying speed, is thus a logical development of Polestar.

A standard KK 7 in plastic prop with the pitch increased is used for both models. The gentle application of heat to the prop blades while carefully twisting them, will easily increase the pitch and, since they are formed from a thermo setting plastic, when the prop cools, the blade remains at the higher pitch.

Basically both models are very simple to build, the addition of longerons being an easy way to give a pleasing appearance to the upper fuselage.

Fuselage. Select a sheet of soft, quarter grained, 1/16 in balsa - light, yet stiff when flexed. It is important to use light wood, in order to keep the final all up weight below the maximum weight of 2 oz allowed by the rules.

Trace the sides and cut them out, but save the scrap since the front longerons are cut from this, the shape being ready cut to the correct concave curve! Fit the 1/16 in doublers at the nose, undercarriage and rear motor peg fixing..."

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