Luton Minor (oz397)


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Luton Minor - 43in FF Scale .5cc, 1936 British parasol light aircraft, plan design by E. Fearnley, 1953 Aeromodeller.

Quote: "Many modellers have avoided flying scale jobs for various reasons, the main snags being the amount of work required and the greater suscepti-bility to damage likely to be encountered. The Minor is the complete answer to all that - so much so that even a comparative novice can build and fly it with confidence. Construction is very simple and the model so strong and light that it will absorb a tremendous amount of rough handling during the trimming stage with little likelihood of serious damage.

As shown, any motor up to 1 cc may be used; the prototype used a Dart, which meant a little nose ballast, but with a 6 x 4 prop take-off was accomplished in about fifteen yards in still air. The climb was slow and steady - true to scale - and is extremely pretty to watch.

The fuselage is of conventional box construction, the two sides being first joined at the cockpit and the ends then drawn to position. Add formers and stringers and motor mount; with larger motors it is advisable to drop the thiurst-line slightly, to allow sufficient ply all round. Add nosebloacks and form the wire centre-section struts, binding securely to the logerons..."

Update 12/02/2014: Replaced with a clearer copy thanks to JJ.

Update 13/02/2017: Added PDFvector CAD-redrawn version of the plan, thanks to hogal.

Update 27/02/2017: added article, thanks to RogerClark.

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Herewith 2 photos of the Luton Minor for you, Eric Fearnley, ID 397 [more pics 003, 004].
BryanLea - 10/02/2017
L/M model, Eric Fearnley's 1953 design. Scaled up to 60" [more pics 005, 006]. SC30 four stroke. I've also built one at 43". Both on U/Tube, here and here. That's me doing the camera and friend doing the flying.
MickButler - 27/09/2017
First three pics would seem to be the aileron version OZ 9489. Last four pics of 9489 would seem to be this FF version OZ397.
anon - 28/11/2017
As the non-aeromodelling half of Outerzone, my knowledge is a bit hit & miss! I generally just add the photos to the plan page the photographers/ builders indicate. Apologies if I've made a mistake. You're definitely right about Joost's photos that I posted on Oz9489 yesterday. I've moved them to this page just now.
Mary - 28/11/2017
Hi, here are a few photos of my old Luton Minor for use on the plan page of the same [more pics 007-010]. I built this Luton Minor in the 1970s and did lots of flying. About 30 years ago I changed it to a more practical sports free flight with an Indian Mills 0,75 and again it was used a lot. Later I converted in a float plane - it did not survive long after that.
Joost - 28/11/2017
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