Snoopy (oz485)


Snoopy (oz485) by Ted Strader from Model Airplane News 1956 - plan thumbnail

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Snoopy. Free flight all-sheet sport model. Biplane for .049 power (MAN Dec 56).

Quote: "TIf you fly for fun, you need contest free flights like a hole in the head. Try this rugged, sensible .049 sport.

This model is dedicated to the proposition that a lot of modelers like to fly just for the fun of it with a plane that generally appears like a life-size ship, On the other hand, our tests with the Atwood Signature .049 up front indicate Snoopy could cause quite a bit of consternation in contest circles. Tests to date have been made with two engines. For primary tests, and weak hearts, our .035 Torpedo worked nicely. For the supreme test we re-installed the Signature at 9 degrees downthrust and 3 degrees right, tried to slow it down a little and closed our eyes. Better we should have forgotten to put on the propeller. Snoopy took off in left circles and made like a bird. In about 20 seconds it was a speck. The transition from power to glide was smooth and the model then proceeded to climax a thrilling test hop with a beautiful, flat, left-hand, slow glide.

For those who would rather spend their flying time in a confined area and not on safari into unchartered corn fields, we would suggest an .049 of less wallop than the one we use. The contest boys can use their own judgment.

Construction. With very few exceptions, Snoopy is fashioned completely from 1/16 sheet balsa. There are only two places on the fuselage where the curvatures approach a multiple compound attitude. One is the top forward engine enclosure and the other is the part of the fuselage aft of the cockpit from the center line to the base of the headrest, The application of a little warm water, patience and rubber bands will deal with this problem in jig-time. Construction can be speeded up by cutting out all parts needed before building is actually begun.

Fuselage. Transfer the center line and all former and doubler locations directly onto the 1/16 sheet balsa side patterns to assure perfect alingment. Cement doublers and the 3/16 square landing gear base reinforcement in place. When dry, install firewall former I and former 3 in place..."

Update 15/11/2014: Re-scaled this plan up to full size.

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