Pageboy (oz358)


Pageboy (oz358) by Ken Willard from Model Airplane News 1963 - plan thumbnail

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Pageboy. Tiny single channel rudder-only RC cabin model, with Cox TeeDee .010 power.

Quote: "Affidavit: This is to certify that on Saturday morning between the hours of 10:30 am and noon, March 24 1962, I witnessed controlled flights of a radio-controlled model airplane designed and flown by Ken Willard; which flights were made beginning with an 11-1/2in wing span progressively reduced to 10in, 9in, and then 8in. The model was under control throughout the tests except on one occasion when the model free-flighted and glided to a safe landing without control due to low batteries. Dated: This 26th day of March, 1962. Signed: JM WADE.

The Pageboy is a small version of the Schoolboy (oz1030) designed so full-sized plans could appear right in MAN using one double page. It is a surprisingly reliable flier. In fact, a clipped wing version of 8in span was successfully flown as a stunt.

Build it right from the plans, which are self-explanatory. The only tricky part is mounting the Babcock escapement. It has to be cut down to fit, and mounted to a 1/16 plywood bulkhead by the face plate retaining bolts. They have just enough extra length to go through the 1/16 plywood. Or, you could mount a Citizen-Ship escapement. The receiver and battery tray slides in through retaining slots at the top, and the bottom is held in place by the retaining cross block. An Otarion switch can be mounted just ahead of the escape-ment if you wish.

The wing is made in one piece, with two ribs butted at the centerline. It is then cut apart and a wedge inserted for dihedral..."

Update 06/06/2013: Replaced this plan with a clearer version, thanks to theshadow.

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User comments

My Pageboy was not much of a success, too small and too heavy. My Cox 010 was way too much power for the model, even with the prop on backwards and running rich. I used a lighter radio than Ken did but mine was so twitchy it didn't last long. I built several of Ken's designs and they all flew well, but not this one. My favorite was the Roaring Twenty, a very similar model but twice the size.
DougSmith - 13/09/2015
Hola Mary and Steve. Another Ken Willard "great plane": PAGEBOY, ID: oz358 [more pics 003-009]. Electric version, powered by a AD-C5 micro outrunner (4.6 g and 3700Kv), 4 x 2, 5 prop, 6 Amp ESC and Lipo 2S 450 mAh. A very fun model, able to perform simple aerobatic figures possible with only two axes. Saludos from Spain.
JesusAbellan - 14/02/2018
Here is mine which I built 60 years ago and now again [pic 010]. Still lacks radio equipment. Formerly it had a 1 channel 27 MHz receiver and a rubber driven Bonner escapement steering.
Reinhard - 15/12/2020
Hi Steve and Mary, The wingspan is actually 15" and not the 12" shown. Both the dihedral and wheel diameter are 1", and each wing panel is 7.5 times that. See the discussion at RCGroups:
Bill Hibbets - 08/02/2021
Aha. 15 inch, ok got it now. Many thanks.
SteveWMD - 26/02/2021
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