Voodoo (oz3693)


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Voodoo. Control line combat model.

Later kitted by Carl Goldberg.

Quote: "Here's a full-size PDF format plan I've worked up for Riley Wooten's immortal Voodoo control line combat model published in the July 1961 issue of Model Airplane News, and subsequently kitted by Carl Goldberg. The Voodoo was the design that popularized the stabilator type combat model and it was one of the first combat models to fly at 100 mph plus.

I built and flew Carl Goldberg Voodoos back in the 1960s. My first Voodoo was powered by a Fox 35 stunt and I made a lot of flights with it in a circle that I was allowed to keep cut low out in the hay field. That Voodoo was really fun to sport fly and it is the model that I really learned to stunt with. So the Voodoo has special nostalgic appeal for me.

I used a 36 in wingspan as the metric for scaling the full size plan. A sincere thanks to the anonymous collaborator who provided the high resolution scan of the original magazine plan page that I used to generate this full size plan, as well as scans of the magazine article pages presented here."

Update 25/1/2022: Added article, thanks to RFJ.

Quote: "National's Combat winner in '59 is only part of the winning record of this model. Design so well thought of that Carl Goldberg, who has never kitted any independent model design, will be offering a kit for the model very shortly. Voodoo, by Riley Wooten.

The first thing you will probably notice about the Voodoo is that it uses a 'flying tail' or stabilator as the control surface instead of a stabilizor and elevator as is normal practice. I first tried the flying tail in the spring of 1959 and since that time I have done quite a lot of experimenting with it. This plane is the result.

The flying tail is not a new idea, having been used on full scale aircraft for some time. It has also been incorporated on some of Thimble-Drome's ready to fly plastic models for several years. Those of you wanting more information on the flying tail might consult the March, 1957 issue of MAN. In this issue Bill Netzeband touches on the subject in his article on stunt theory.

The Voodoo was designed as an all out competition combat plane and as such has done real well in contests. It was entered in six contests this year and won 3 firsts, 1 second and 'two collision zones.' An earlier version was used in winning first place in open combat at the 1959 Nationals, however it was creamed in the quarter finals and I had to finish with another design. This record, combined with the quick, rugged construction has made it very popular with the combat flyers in this area.

I do not use any engine offset and I do not use a wing tip weight in this plane yet it gives a good tug on the lines and you can fly in almost any wind. Upwind maneuvers are no problem, even in a good breeze and you will find the Voodoo at home on any side of the circle. I think this is a must for a combat plane as it always seems to be windy on contest day... "

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Decal as jpg image, thanks to GeorgeAlbo.


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User comments

Hi Mary - here are two shots for the Voodoo plan [more pics 003, 004].
EdShearer - 31/07/2017
Box art for Riley Wooten's Voodoo by Goldberg [more pics 005].
EdShearer - 27/04/2018
Hello Steve and Mary! Another finished Model Airplane, a Riley Wooten VooDoo [main pic]. Thanks for your georgeous site. https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=3693
Best regards,
Sebastian - 09/11/2020
Thanks for good article on the Voodoo. I flew one in the National Model Airplane Contest at Willow Grove N.A.S. in the Combat competition in early 60s. That model hangs in honor above my workbench [pics 007, 008]. Regards,
Jim McHale - 24/01/2022
When the tail boons was modified to included longer ones than the originals ? Someone put a copy on eBay of the plans with longer boons to increase model stability. Also the person include a separate drawing from the kit parts of longer boon. Yes it was a full size plans. Where I can find a copy of those plans ?
Juan A. Sanchez - 29/11/2022
On eBay, I guess.
SteveWMD - 29/11/2022
If you are really interested see: shorturl.at/hryM9
pit - 29/11/2022
Voodoo photos [pics 009-011].
fonzwolf - 23/10/2023
Hi Mary, Enclosed are some photo of my most recent build - Riley Wooten’s Voodoo for your use [pics -12-014]. From Singapore,
Tony Leong - 20/11/2023
Hi Tony -
Nice Voodoo !
Be careful, without Muffler and long booms, the Plane can become tail heavy easily. Propeller recommendation for Enya SS25 is: Graupner 9x6.
Best Regards, Sebastian
Sebastian - 20/11/2023
Thanks Sebastian. I had mounted the engine slightly forward and as it turns out, the CG is at the recommended point on the plan. Regards Tony
Tony - 21/11/2023
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