Staggerwing Beechcraft (oz4574)
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Staggerwing Beechcraft. Radio control scale model.
Quote: "My enthiusiasm for this famous airplane is so great that I should have someone else write this article. In my opinion, it is the best example of what imagination can do in aircraft design to make an airplane a classic. Even to this day the Staggerwing holds its own, parked next to the latest designs, and will run rings around most of them. It is praised by everyone except those who had a hard time learning to fly it. Its ground handling was poor, and it would stall around 60 mph, in a most unusual way that got miany a beginner in trouble, however it would outrun a DC-3 without trying and this made it number 1 for most pilots.
The negative staggerwing concept was designed to add safety; it was intended to make it spinproof and improve the landing ability. (When the bottom wing stalls the top wing is still flying, giving that little extra stability on the final.) This was confusing to many pilots and power-on landings was the standard operative procedure. It was clear from the beginning that the Staggerwing Beechcraft was built as an executive-type company airplane and Mr Beech went all out for performance and clean design. It also had the distinction of being the first commercially available airplane with retractable gear.
Construction. Deviations from scale: these plans were drawn from factory drawings and the changes are: the stab has been enlarged 10% for added stability. The wing section was also increased to offer maximum lift, with added drag for stability and grooveness.
This model has been designed to provide excellent flight performance and at the same time, keep the appearance of the real thing.
Fuselage: In order to achieve the difficult curves involved, a unique system was, used to jig the fuselage. It is simple and positive. and I recommend you follow this system: Cut out the pywood front section plywood) and the 3/16 balsa rear sectios, and when joining them together, elevate the center front to..."
Quote: "Hi Steve - Here is Bryce Petersen's Staggerwing Beechcraft from Flying Models magazine issue 07-67. Included is the complete build article describing the unique fuselage construction."
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