Skyliner (oz3527)


Skyliner (oz3527) by DW Free, CJ Bergman 1950 - plan thumbnail

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Skyliner. A 24 in span C/L beginners stunt model. Model Aircraft, February 1950.

Quote: "An Ideal Beginner's Stunt Model. Skyliner by DW Free and CJ Bergman.

WHEN designing this model our object was to produce a tough, easily constructed plane which would be capable of performing any stunt in the SMAE Acrobatic schedule. The 'Skyliner' has certainly fulfilled our expectations, having proved itself to be a really rugged job, well able to stand plenty of hard knocks without serious damage and to have a performance well above the average for stunt machines using class A engines. It makes an ideal beginner's stunt model and can easily be made in two evenings.

In the original model we have used a Mills Mk II 1.3 cc diesel mounted sidewinder fashion, but any good diesel engine of a similar capacity could be used with equal success.

Fuselage. Select a hard straight-grained piece of 1/4 in sheet balsa and trace the outline of the fuselage on to it. Cut to shape with a fretsaw. Cut out the slots in the fuselage for the wing spars and the engine bearers. The latter are made from 1/4 x 1/2 in hardwood. Next bend the undercarriage to shape from 14 gauge piano wire and bind it securely to the engine bearers with strong thread, liberally coating the binding with cement.

Drill the bearers for the mounting bolts and bolt the engine into position. The engine bearers are now cemented securely into the fuselage ; leave until quite dry, then remove the engine and sand the fuselage smooth with fine glasspaper.

Wings. This is made in two parts and joined through the fuselage. The first step is to cut out the wing ribs, trailing edge and wing tips from 1/8 in sheet and the mainspar from hard 1/4 in sheet. Pin the main spar to the plan..."

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