General Western P2S Meteor (oz3650)


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General Western P2S Meteor. Peanut scale model.

Quote: "Here's a model that should fly well no matter what size you build it. So after you finish this peanut version, why not blow the plans up to the old Jumbo size?

Born in Burbank, California in 1930, the General Western P-2-S Meteor is a rare but nicely proportioned plane which did not survive the depression. It carries the lines of that short-lived breed, the sport parasol. Only 6 plane were constructed, so it is not too surprising to learn that none have survived. The Meteor makes a fine model subject and an especially fine Peanut scale project. Each plane carried the Kinner K-5, so we have a chance to model a simple radial engine which does not require a great amount of time, but adds so much to the model.

A number of scale references are available concerning this plane. They include MODEL BUILDER, Nov.'74 and AIR CLASSICS, Oct. '75; both of which contain photos, history and Peter Westberg drawings. Details on the Kinner engine are not that easy to find, however, as most magazine photos of engines are not too clear. Fortunately, I did locate a book reference, the AIRCRAFT YEARBOOK FOR 1937, which included a general shape and dimension drawing. Soon after, I found a Kinner K-5 engine on display at the San Diego Aero-Space Museum. More recently, MODEL AVIATION, June '76, published an illustration of instrument panels probably used in the Meteor. Based on that arrangement, I cut some instrument faces from advertisements, rubber cemented them to an oval drawn on paper, and then reduced the size, using a Xerox machine.

Construction of the Meteor is fairly conventional, but there are a few opportunities to try out some new methods and materials. The fuselage is made from 2 side frames built up of l/16 sq. balsa, joined on the bottom by cross-braces and on the top by formers. Add the side and bottom formers near the nose and then cut out the side and bottom stringers. You'll find it easier to attach the landing gear to the fuselage before gluing on the stringers, so go ahead and bend the 2 wire landing gear parts to shape. The main gear wire is glued or epoxied behind the upright near former B1g, and the rear legs are attached just in front of the next aft cross-brace. Bind the gear wires together near the axles with thread and epoxy.

The bottom and side stringers may now be added. When dry, the stringers should be sanded (in a lengthwise direction), maintaining the basic egg shape shown by the formers. The stringers will be very thin near the tail, so don't press too hard.

The entire top and front portion of the fuselage is to be covered with bond paper, simulating sheet aluminum. Sand the formers and check their alignment, so that individual pieces of paper may be used; from the fin forward to the rear cockpit; to cover all the 'B' formers; to cover the top and sides of the fuselage between the first 2 formers; and to cover Ab to Bb and Bb to B1g. Start the paper covering from the tail and the overlaps will contribute a bit of scale appearance. A smoother job will result from covering the Ab to B1g panels before doing the top and side.

Make up a nose-block to the approximate shape and cement to front of the fuselage. Cut a flat, for keying purposes, into an old-fashioned wooden nose plug (chosen more for its shape than its traditional function) and make up the 1/32 plywood ring with a matching hole. Glue the ring to the nose-block and, when dry, carve and sand the assembly to shape. Then drill out the hole in the wooden nose plug to fit a Peck (or similar) nylon bushing. With a little care and, using a hand powered drill, you can drill the hole to produce a few degrees of down-thrust and just a suggestion of right-thrust.

Make up the simulated Kinner K-5 engine by starting with Williams Bros. 3/8 scale cylinders. As shown in the photo of the real engine, the barrel fins are to be cylindrical, so the tapered fins of the plastic cylinders need some work. I found that the cylinders would thread onto a 2-56 screw a few turns, so I used the screw for a mandrel in a Moto tool, and trimmed the cylinders down using an Uber Skiver blade for a lathe tool. I put the Uber knife into a bench vise and brought the turning cylinder up to the blade. Use the second fin from the bottom as a diameter guide and there will be enough material remaining to allow light sanding. The plastic fins seem to melt easily under the sandpaper, so don't press very hard.

Make up the cylinder heads by cutting the basic front view head shape into a piece of 1/4 sq balsa about 3 inches long. Then, cut off individual pieces for each of the 5 heads and trim to the shape of the side view. A few minutes with an emery board sanding stick will produce a reasonable looking head. Attach the heads to the cylinders with 5-minute epoxy, and then give each head a coat of flat black enamel.

Form each exhaust stack from 1/16 aluminum tubing. File or sand a point on the base end of each stack and make a tapered hole in the left front head bumps. Use 5-minute epoxy for the stack-to-head joint, and add a small fillet of epoxy at the base of the stack. Other engine detail visible in the photos can be added, if desired. Drill 5 holes in the nose-block for the cylinders and attach them with 5-minute epoxy. Make up the tail kid from a scrap of bamboo or spruce and glue it into a notch in the center stringer. An extra cross-brace and a fillet of glue will make sure it stays on..."

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General Western P2S Meteor (oz3650) by Al Lidberg 1977 - model pic

  • (oz3650)
    General Western P2S Meteor
    by Al Lidberg
    from Model Builder
    June 1977 
    13in span
    Scale Rubber F/F Parasol Civil
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
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