RCM Basic Trainer (oz5103)


RCM Basic Trainer (oz5103) by Dick Tichenor from Bridi Hobby Enterprises 1975 - plan thumbnail

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RCM Basic Trainer. Radio control trainer model.

Quote: "Here is a small, easy to build radio controlled model airplane designed primarily for the beginner. This aircraft was selected by R/C Modeler magazine from numerous designs as the ideal basic trainer to be featured in the RCM Flight Training Course.

Construction techniques are simple in order to get you in the air quickly. The aerodynamic design was carefully considered to provide the inherent stability desired to keep the newcomer out of trouble through his learning stages. The experiehced flyers find the RCM Basic Trainer affords a welcome change of pace from the big and heavy ships, as it is a real fun airplane to fly!

Our recommended construction proceedure is illustrated even though we feel the plans are self-explanatory. We do emphasize that careful workmanship thoughout the construction stages pays off at the flying field - don't be afraid to use sandpaper.

Fuselage side sheets are cemented together. Doublers are cemented to the side panels in the cabin area and stiffening strips are added. The 1/16 plywood wing support doublers are glued to the top of the balsa doublers. Be sure to make a left and right assembly.

Sub-assemblies of nose section and bulkheads are made with white glue for extra strength in these highly stressed areas. The engine mount must be made to fit your choice of engines and blind nuts installed prior to assembling to nose block and firewall. Fuel and vent line holes in the firewall must match your choice of fuel tanks.

Remember to align the landing gear retainer slots properly on the front cabin bulkhead (one slot forward and one aft). Drill a 1/8 diameter hole in each end of bottom landing gear support to accept strut.

The fuselage sides are assembled with the top edges on a flat surface. Ice cream sticks held with rubber bands and clothespins made effective clamps. Check alignment carefully. Fit triangular strips in bottom of nose between landing gear support and firewall... "

Quote: "Steve, Thanks so much for such a wonderful website. You have inspired me to get back into model aviation. Attached you will find plans and instructions for a kit I found up in the attic. I scanned the plans, instructions and picture from the front of the box. The picture says it has a 50in wingspan, but when I measure the plans. It is actually 49-7/8in. So the plans are an actual scan of the plans and to scale. I have this kit about 90% built, and all the info appears to be there. Thanks again for such a wonderful website."

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RCM Basic Trainer (oz5103) by Dick Tichenor from Bridi Hobby Enterprises 1975 - model pic

  • (oz5103)
    RCM Basic Trainer
    by Dick Tichenor
    from Bridi Hobby Enterprises (ref:501)
    50in span
    IC R/C Cabin Trainer
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 02/12/2013
    Filesize: 395KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: DavidQuerry

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