Stiletto (oz5056)


Stiletto (oz5056) by Richard LaConte from American Aircraft Modeler 1970 - plan thumbnail

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Stiletto. Control line racer model, for Cox TD .049 power.

Quote: "THE PROTO SPEED MODEL, by definition, is supposed to resemble a full size airplane, but in order to achieve good aerodynamic design, these models now are looking more like, to quote the Contest Director of the '69 Nats, 'Hell Razors on Wheels.' The Stiletto is intended as a step toward the original intent of the Proto rules and as an efficient aerodynamic design.

Several areas or design improvement were explored. When it is reworked, the 049 engine, because of its size, does not respond with large increases in power and some engines seem to be at their peak in stock condition. Since few gains are to be made in engine modifications the next logical place for improvement is in aerodynamic design beginning with the propeller.

Little information is available on model propeller performance, except that such propellers are very inefficient when compared with full size counterparts and that the airflow is extremely turbulent and forms a spiral around the fuselage. To obtain maximum use from the prop wash the maximum cross-sectional area of the fuselage is best placed as far aft of the propeller as possible. In present designs, the forward location of the engine puts the maximum cross sectional area just aft of the propeller and any attempt to reduce the area is limited by engine size. Also, the abrupt vertical rise of the cowling does an effective job of disrupting the prop wash before it can stabilize its flow.

With the amid-ship location of the Stiletto's engine, this design succeeds in obtaining the desirable aft location of the maximum cross-sectional area and at the same time creates a sleek and realistic looking model. Other benefits obtained from this engine location are being able to use larger intake ducts for the carburetor and cooling and - of interest to stunt enthusiasts - a reduced rotational moment of inertia due to the larger mass of the engine being placed near the aerodynamic center of the wing. This results in an airplane that is highly responsive to the controls.

Now comes the question: does the amid ship location of the engine increase the performance? A 1967 prototype used a Cox Space Hopper engine which had given consistent Proto speed runs of 64 to 68 mph under WAM rules in California. A 12in minimum wingspan and no minimum area were specified. The prototype, built to AMA specifications, weighed a heavy 8-1/4 oz. Several drive systems were tried, and the Stiletto is the design which finally evolved..."

Quote: "Hi Steve, Here's an interesting plan. This is from a 1970's edition of American Aircraft Modeler. Stiletto is a futuristic control line racer featuring a Cox TD .049 set well back into the fuselage and connected to the prop via a slot car axle prop shaft and boat universal. This has to be one of the most slippery designs ever."

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Update 09/05/2018: added 'article' compiled by Jeff Green.

Update 10/01/2020: Added alternate article (as published) thanks to Pit.

Supplementary file notes

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Hello, I really never could find a good copy of the magazine article for the Stiletto, so I created a PDF of a "faux" article for my files [see suppl. file]. The text & images were taken from different sources found on the Internet.
JeffGreen_LasVegas - 09/05/2018
Hello Jeff, Richard LaConte is my husband. I will bring this to his attention tomorrow. I am sure he will want to see this. He is still designing for the airline industry and he still gets excited about airplanes and being a part of designing them.
Linda_LaConte - 14/01/2019
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