Fairchild Argus (oz4165)


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Fairchild Argus. Scale free flight model, for rubber power.

Quote: "Fairchild Argus, by EJ Riding.

THE high-wing design of the Fairchild Argus lends itself rather well to the scale flying model builder. Intended as a 'follow-on' type to the little ABC Robin (oz6835) which I described in the July 1948, issue of the Aeromodeller, the 1/12th scale 24 W.41a Argus shown here should provide no difficulty to the average scale enthusiast.

The working drawing, a 1/4 scale reproduction of which appears on the accompanying pages, together with the Bagley cut-away drawing (Page 652) fully explains the method of construction and it is only necessary to explain one or two points which might give rise to queries of a technical nature.

The undercarriage is built in two identical halves, each being pivoted at the bottom longerons. The upper strut ends in a loop, through which is threaded a stout rubber band which in turn passes through a paper or celluloid tube glued and bound to the top longerons. This provides all the spring that will be found necessary to absorb normal landing shocks.

The interplane struts, as in the Robin, are glued to the wing spars at one end and fit into brass sockets on the undercarriage at the other end. A hardwood peg at the lower end provides anchorage for the rubber band which ensures that both struts are retained in their sockets.

The tailplane and rudder are glued together as a unit and arc held in position on the fuselage by means of two bamboo pegs at the leading edge of the tailplane and a rubber band passing underneath the fuselage..."

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