Aeronca Chief 50 (oz4739)

 

Aeronca Chief 50 (oz4739) by Paul Lindberg from Popular Aviation 1939 - plan thumbnail

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Aeronca Chief 50. Free flight scale model.

Quote: "Record Breaker, by Paul Lindberg. Here is a gas model of that famous nonstop coast-to-coast lightplane. Most of you model fans are familiar with this famous little sport plane which made a nonstop coast-to-coast flight recently with amazing results (POPULAR AVIATION for February, 1939).

This little ship's proportions are so well suited for a gas model that we set to work immediately in designing it for you model enthusiasts. Not only does it make a very striking model but its flying qualities are something to boast about. Although the model flown cross-country had no streamlined wheel coverings (commonly known as pants) we have made a pair which are shown in framework so that you might add these to your model if you so desire.

Construction of Fuselage. Select a good grade of balsa wood from which to cut the 1/8 inch square balsa longerons; these should be hard. After the rectangular fuselage has been constructed place all the various formers and stringers in position. Cabin part of fuselage has removable hatch in top so as to install and adjust batteries for balance. Make were firtwall is securely fastened to front as this part of ship receives considerable strain. Front cowl is shown in detail on plan and should cause very little trouble in its construction.

Construction of Landing Gear This is constructed from 1/16 inch piano wire which is filled in between with sheet balsa wood and bound with thread and cemented for strength. Center strut is supported at center by means of rubber hands to secure proper shock absorbing effects.

Construction of Wings. Wings are comparatively simple to construct if built open a flat surface. Adhere strictly to wing section as you will find it very suitable under all conditions. Placee ribs carefully over spars in their designated positions..."

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