Bellanca Light Tractor (oz3895)


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Bellanca Light Tractor. Peanut scale rubber model.

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Update 8/10/2022: Added article, thanks to Pilgrim.

Quote: "Peanut Bellanca, by Don Butman. Another modeler has been caught by the Peanut Tidal Wave! The search is always on for different and unusual subjects. The Bellanca Light Tractor certainly fills the bill.

Safety, efficiency and economy par excellence! - these words, plus 'Simplicity and Grace,' appeared as advertising descriptions of the Bellanca CE 2-Place Biplane in Aviation Magazine, dated May 15 and June 1, 1919. The model shown on the plans is of the single-place version powered by a 35-hp Anzani ('Dependable Wartime-Tested') engine. It utilized wing warping and had a balanced rudder.

Other interesting facts include a 11.5:1 glide ratio, which meant that if you could get to 4600 ft altitude (stated time - 14 minutes, with 25 minutes to 15,000 ft), you could glide anywhere 'within a diameter of 24 miles'. Further, only 6 hp was required for horizontal fright, er flight! The top speed was 86 mph with a landing speed of 32 mph.

The model is typical 'Sticks ani Tissue' construction, with the fuselage side shown cross-hatched. The spar-less wings are highly undercambered (think my pencil slipped?) which makes covering the panel bottoms a bit tedious. The tissue must be stuck (glued, doped, or ?) to each rib bottom, and I found that a drop or two of water rubbed into the tissue along with the dope seemed to do the trick.

The use of 1/32 and 1/64 plywood (struts, fairings, etc.) in place of balsa eases the pain of cutting small parts. Actually, the 1/64 plywood may be easily and neatly cut with a pair of fairly sharp scissors.

The two profile pilots shown on the plan were installed in my model and really do add a touch of realism! There is just nothing nicer (well, almost nothing!) than a peanut scale model toolin' through the air complete with Les Pilotes! ('Les Pilotes' are the artistical creations of the author's son, Darryl - WCN)

The model flew with no adjustments, which rather astounded me, since both wings warped a bit! But fly it did, until the 'airplane-eating-tree' in my front yard caught it!

Oh yes, one last tid-bit of information from the past - Mr Joseph Bellanca's early efforts were financed by the Maryland Pressed Steel Company. He was the Chief Engineer of the Aircraft Department, and Mr Harry E Tudor was the New York Sales Manager.

The information concerning this Bellanca aircraft was supplied by Mr DD Hatfield, Aviation Historian, of the Aviation History Library at Northrop Institute of Technology."

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Bellanca Light Tractor (oz3895) by Don Butman 1972 - model pic

  • (oz3895)
    Bellanca Light Tractor
    by Don Butman
    from Model Builder
    October 1972 
    13in span
    Scale Rubber F/F Biplane Civil
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
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