Kitten (oz416)


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Kitten. Contest rubber, a snoopy-nosed shoulder wing from March, 1944 Model Airplane News, 100 sq in wing area.

Quote: "Here's a 100 sq in job with Wakefield performance. The Kitten, by Bob Hildebrand.

If you are the kind who doesn't appreciate the idea of using 1-1/2 to 4 ounces of rubber in a model only to see it drift away, we bid you look over - the Kitten. Although the Kitten has flown away and will continue to do so, added side area makes the model visible longer; and if the Kitten is lost, it has carried only 3/4 ounce of the precious elastic away. Wing area is just over the 100 square inch minimum; so the ship doesn't require much rubber to claw itself sky high.

Placing in every contest entered, even against Wakefield and 300 square inch jobs, is proof the Kitten is no slouch on performance. Hundred square inch models have several advantages over larger models. Great strength-weight ratios and fast high climbs are outstanding characteristics. Flight tests have proved the Kitten's 2-1/2 minute average many times. But enough of this gab. Let's start construction.

Fuselage: Scale up the fuselage top view. With each of two hard strips of 1/8 square balsa, sand the opposite sides to 3/32 x 1/8, except for 3 in at one end which is tapered up to the original size. Pin these two strips to the top view and glue the 1/16 x 1/8 hard crosspieces in. Cut the other cross members to size and cement in place. Keeping the portion between stations 4 and 10 pinned flat, elevate the front and fear por-tions of this crutch 1/2 in from the board.

Make the two jig pieces A and B from 1/8 x 1/2 balsa. When these two jigs are cemented perpendicularly to the nose and rear dowel stations they look like inverted T's from the front view, making a pinning surface for the top longeron. Cut 1/8 square uprights from a scaled up view of station 5 and glue in place. Repeat for station 9, using 1/16 x 1/8 wood instead. Soak a piece of 3/32 square in hot water and pin to the jigs and uprights. When dry, cement to the uprights and add most of the remaining braces..."

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