Little Gem (oz4434)


Little Gem (oz4434) by Dave Clarkson, John Daly 1972 - plan thumbnail

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Little Gem. Goodyear class team racer. Profile model.

Quote: "Your Two free plans! A pair of control-line Goodyear class team racers for 2.5 - 3.5 cc engines, with a proven contest performance. Designed by Dave Clarkson & John Daly.

'Little Gem'. Originally built by Jim Miller in 1949 as the Miller Special, it was subsequently re-built to its present form after a major crash. As the Miller Special (and later known as Little Gem and Ole Tiger as re-named by different owners) it has proved to be one of the fastest Goodyear midgets ever built. As Ole Tiger it has appeared with a slightly higher fin and for this reason the Little Gem plan has been selected. The basic three-view used is also from the Racing Planes Annual, increased over-scale to bring it it line with the current SMAE rules.

Construction. Two forms of wing construction are shown following the designers' personal preferences. Both feature buried leadouts and controls to give a 'clean' appearance and also to allow the unconventional 'catch' mentioned later.

The BooRay's wing is assembled using a 1/2 x 1/4 in spruce leading edge, a 1 x 1/4 in hard balsa trailing edge and medium 1/4 in sheet in between. The lead-out ways should be cut out from top to bottom before shaping the wing. The centre portion of the wood cut out should be removed and the top and bottom pieces re-installed together with the lead-out guide tubes. The wing is now shaped to a semi-symmetrical section using a razor-blade plane and sandpaper - care should be taken not to make the leading edge too sharp. After shaping, install the lead-outs and the circular bellcrank and cover the centre section with 1 mm ply, leaving suitable holes for the pivot bolt and the pushrod..."

Quote: "Hi Steve, Here’s Dave Clarkson & J Daly’s 'Little Gem' from Aeromodeller Feb 72".

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Article page, text and pic, thanks to Fernando.


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Little Gem (oz4434) by Dave Clarkson, John Daly 1972 - model pic

  • (oz4434)
    Little Gem
    by Dave Clarkson, John Daly
    from Aeromodeller
    February 1972 
    22in span
    IC C/L Racer
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 21/05/2013
    Filesize: 349KB
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    Credit*: raglafart
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