Cloud Tramp (oz4264)


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Cloud Tramp. Rubber stick model. Here is Charles H. Grant's Cloud Tramp from Model Airplane News magazine issue 08-54.

Update 3/4/2023: Added article, thanks to GTHunter, from

Quote: "Why are you a model fan? Is it because you enjoy the frustration born of balky gas engines with only an occasional flight; because you enjoy the labor of building intricate structures; because you thrill to the tug of a motorized 'yo-yo' roaring through repeated circles at the end of reĀ­straining control lines; or is it because you reap deep satisfaction from repeated, realistic, completely stable free flights requiring minimum construction effort and damage repair? If you prefer the latter, build this simple model. It will give you as many as 20 to 30 thrilling flights in an afternoon, without breakage, and all within the bounds of a baseball park.

Longer flights of a minute or more to altitudes of more than 300 ft can be obĀ­tained by lubricating the motor with glycerine, stretching it 2-1/2 times its length and winding it to 900 turns. The motor should not be wound more than 400 turns when it is dry and wound by hand.

Study the plans carefully and before you start building be sure you know the exact function, material, size and shape of each part and how all parts are placed and held together in the assembly.

Start with balsa sheet: medium hard, 40 in total length, 3 in wide, 3/64 thick. From this, cut the wing, 22 in long; the stabilizers, 10 in long; and the fin, 3-3/4 in high. Shape the wing tips, the stabilizer and fin outlines all according to the patterns given full scale in the plans..."

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Cloud Tramp (oz4264) by Charles H Grant 1954 - model pic

  • (oz4264)
    Cloud Tramp
    by Charles H Grant
    from Model Airplane News
    August 1954 
    22in span
    Rubber F/F
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 23/04/2013
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See my Cloud Tramp built from plans on your site [see more pics 003]. I made a couple of changes not shown on the plans, a simpler wing mount without rubber bands, and a dual bearing prop hanger so I could adjust the thrust line. The little red spout from a WD-40 can made a perfect bushing in the prop and also for the laminated balsa wheels. Two loops of 1/8" rubber was just about right for my 8" carved balsa prop. I included a free-wheeler prop shaft for a better glide. Mine had a natural right turn in the climb and I just went with it, but the glide opened up a bit with barely a little right turn. Stretch wound with a hand drill, I could pack in nearly 400 turns for a much longer flight than hand wound. I'm sure with a little more adjustment I can get even more performance from the 'ol Tramp. My yard isn't big enough to contain it so I have to drive to a bigger field. Lots of fun for very little effort....
DougSmith - 09/10/2015
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