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Pixie - Radio control biplane sports model. Rugged bipe for .049 to .075 power.
Quote: "Rugged Bipe for .049 to .075 Power. Pixie, by Bob Bradshaw.
If you thrill to the sight of a trim little scale Biplane in flight, this it your cup of tea. Combining the appeal of design styling used in popular sport Biplanes of the past, the little Pixie bears marked resemblance to such greats as the Stearman, Fleet Trainer, Great Lakes and Waco. This air-plane is intended for the modeler that wants to enjoy the flying of a stable, compact, eye-catching Half-A powered, radio controlled model within the con-fines of a relatively limited area.
The model pictured, using a currently popular transistorized receiver weighs in complete at 19 oz, giving a wing loading of approximately 9 oz per square foot. This light wing load coupled with any eager .049 engine results in a most gratifying flight performance. Using a Babcock Mark II Escapement modified to give 4 positions (a la Ken Willard in AM, March 1958), Pixie has performed some well-mannered, hair-raising stunts.
By now your favorite TV program is over, so clear off the workbench and with grim determination hang a Do Not Disturb sign on the shop door and away-we-go building this little beauty!
As is the case with all small light-weight models, the proper selection of balsa in weight and hardness for the construction is very important, Les, therefore, start our model correctly by carefully selecting the balsa as called for on the plan. Once we have our material selected we can get into the cut-and-glue part of the construction.
Fuselage. Building the fuselage is our first project. Sides are cut from 1/16 sheet balsa as shown. Cut the 1/8 sheet reinforcing doubler and carefully glue in place. The bulkhead stations are then cut with wood grain as per plan. Your plan should be protected prior to work-ing on by covering with wax paper.
After glue has throughly hardened, place fuselage sides inside to inside and glue ends to tail post. Invert sides to be on edge and bottom up and before glue at tail post hardens and glue position bulkhead station #4. Carefully align this inverted assembly..."
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