Stits SA-9A Skycoupe (oz3862)
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Stits Skycoupe. Scale model of the homebuilt plane with 54in span and 477 sqin area, for .15 to .19 power and RC. Here is Jess Krieser's Stits SA-9A Skycoupe from Grid Leaks newsletter volume 7 no. 4 July/August 1966. This model was featured on the cover as shown.
Quote: "The Stits Skycoupe. This semi-scale features a fin and rudder area that will really give you maneuverability. By R. JESS KRIESER.
You class II R/C pilots who've been complaining about not having enough fin and rudder area to do smooth, axial rudder rolls - gather round and feast your eyes on the vertical tail assembly of this Stits Sky-coupe! If this doesn't give you enough tin and rudder area to satisfy your appetite for tight rolls, then there's no hope for you in Class 11. On to Class III and ailerons?
The first time I saw a picture of the Skycoupe. the huge fin and rudder fascinated me, and started me speculating on the directional stahility and rudder response I ought to get from a flying scale model of this unusual design. My expectations were not in vain, for on the very first flight of the ship, we found that it had unusual wind penetration and directional stahility, and did some of the tightest, most beautiful Immelmans we've seen. A few blips of up elevator puts the Sky-coupe over in its hack, and a single touch of the rudder switch rolls the ship level as though it were rotating about a rod extending through its longitudinal axis. A real hot Class II pilot ought to have a ball with this ship! One word of caution, though - start with a very small amount of rudder throw on your first flight, and work up to the amount you find comfortable, for if you give it too much throw on its first flights you're liable to..."
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Update 02/03/2020: Added full article, thanks to rocketpilot.
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