Miss Vintage (oz4746)
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Miss Vintage. Radio control sport model for .25 - .35 power.
Quote: "Miss Vintage, designed around .25 to .35 size engines, George Jennings vintage type aircraft will help you capture the yesteryear of aviation... the romance of flying wires singing, the permeating smell of exhaust, and the sting of the wind to keep you company.
Miss Vintage will help you capture yesteryear, a time when aviation was in its infancy before the airplane went to war. What romance those early machines must have wrought with flying wires singing, empennage vibrating and the smell of hot engine exhaust permeating the nostrils. Yes, that was really flying! Imagine what it must have been like to fly with no airspeed indicator, engine monitoring devices, or other modern-day instrumentation. Just a stick, rudder bar, throttle, deafening roar, and the sting of the wind in the face were all the pilot had to keep him company.
Those days are gone forever and we can only thrill to the written accounts of those aerial pioneers or reconstruct such bold and daring ventures in our own daydreams. Unless we fly R/C! Through the medium of of R/C, we can re-create such an exciting era.
Miss Vintage will help you capture that feeling, that romance, that return flight to nostalgia. Miss Vintage is a thoroughly tested and practical machine. Designed around the economical .25 to .35 sized R/C engines, it duplicates the looks, slow, deliberate, flight characteristics and realism of an old-timer. It is completely reliable, easy to fly and designed to look complicated and yet be quick and economical to construct.
Wing construction is a snap with a high lift flat bottom airfoil for easy building on a flat surface. Half ribs and diagonal braces are used for strength as well as looks. They require very little time to install and, as a plus, you don't have to sheet the leading edge of the wing. Ailerons are of the simple and effective strip type, making the choice of three or four channels an easy one for the builder. Very little extra effort is required to add ailerons.
The fuselage is constructed almost entirely of hardwood. Fuselage sides are cut from 1/8 Sig Lite Ply and are almost as light as balsa with far greater strength. The open framework is built from 3/16 square spruce which is also very light and strong. The only balsa contained in the fuselage is one bulkhead and the top block. The main advantage to this type structure, in addition to its ruggedness, is economy!
The tail surfaces are primarily constructed of laminated spruce and provide protection from warping and, again, are economical to build as well as rugged and light.
Finished with see-through covering, Miss Vintage is a real show stopper guaranteed to attract attention from fellow RC'ers and spectators alike.
Flying capabilities are extremely good. Miss Vintage is capable of many aerobatics including inverted flight and yet is very gentle and easy to fly. Because of the easy take-off and landing characteristics, Miss Vintage could be used as a trainer and first airplane. If you have built at least one R/C plane and understand basic construction techniques, you can build Miss Vintage - so let's get started!
Before beginning, it is best to secure all materials needed for the job. You can probably find most materials at your local hobby shop, however some shops don't stock spruce and Lite Ply. These items can be purchased directly from Sig Manufacturing Company in Montezuma, Iowa..."
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Update 07/12/2020: Added kit review from RCM, September 1977, thanks to RFJ.
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User commentsSteve. Another one from Outerzone. Miss Vintage 59 [see more pics 003, 004], enjoyable build and no problems with the plan. OS26 fs up front. Kind regards,
Jim - 27/06/2014
Steve, This is the Miss Vintage built as per the plans pilfered from your web site [see more pics 005-007]. It even has a vintage Irvine .25 engine to power it. Thank you for a great web site, SteveinMT
SteveinMT - 18/05/2015
I sent some photos of my latest project - a little bit more challenging this time [more pics 008-011]. This plan called for a lot of spruce and in the opening webbing is exposed cables with a pull pull system. Thank you again for your great site!
LarryW - 23/01/2017
No clearance for aileron "cranks" behind wing trailing edge and fuselage "seat"
davidg - 22/03/2018
Hi Steve, couple of pics of my build of the Miss Vintage (oz4746) [pics 012,013].
Robert Kibbey - 21/10/2020
Hi, I built the vintage RC Miss a long time ago. Now I have expanded the planes up to 1.60m. I liked this plane so much that I have built 2 units, one for my friend and they are already flying this year 2021.
I have cut the ribs one by one, by hand. Holes to add elegance to the construction. Wonderful plane. I am sending some curious photos, in case you deem it convenient to publish them [pics 014-019].
Thank you. Excuse me, my translation is with the PC.
Manuel Iglesias (Málaga) Spain
Manuel Iglesias - 14/07/2021
Jan Novick - 15/07/2021
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