Verosonic (oz5153)


Verosonic (oz5153) by Phil Smith from Veron 1949 - plan thumbnail

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Veron Verosonic. Towline glider model. Plan also shows Jetex installation.

Quote: "Veron Verosonic. High performance sailplane. Building instructions.

First, study the plan and identify all the parts on the printed sheets of balsa. Familiarise yourself with these and all other instructions. This design, if carefully built, is quite capable of consistent contest durations of three to four minutes in still air from a standard FAI line length of 328 feet.

The only tools needed are small pliers, a few pinns, either steel backed razor blade or balsa knife, and fine sandpaper. The fuslage sides, wing and stabilizer panels and the fin are all built directly over the plan.

Wings: Lay the plan on the building board and cover with waxed tissue or greaseproof paper to protect from the cement. Select two even grade lengths of 3/8 x 1/8 for spars. Lay over plan and mark in pencil the positions of all ribs. Taper spans on top edge to 1/4 x 1/8 at R11..."

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Note: this plan needs to be used only with caution - there may be some misalignments and measurement errors, due to the way I stitched it together from 8x A4 scanned page sections. If anyone out there wants to grab this one and check through it, straighten it all out, that would be great... Steve. [Edit: this is fixed now]

Update 01/08/2019: Replaced this plan with a clearer scan, thanks to Joost. This is a single full size scan, so this has no stitching/alignment errors. Also added kit instructions and printwood.

Update 24/03/2021: Added kit review from Aviation Modeller International, December 2006, thanks to RFJ.

Quote: "A Wooden Performance. Join Gerard Feeney as he builds a F/F glider to remind readers just what 'real' aeromodelling is all about!

I celebrated thirty-one years in the aeromodelling game in 2006. To commemorate this 'uplifting' anniversary, I rebuilt the very first 'all-balsa flying model aircraft' that I ever made, way back in 1975. The model is the Veron Verosonic 46 in-span F/F glider, and this nostalgic project certainly highlighted the tremendous contrast that exists between the aeromodelling techniques of yesteryear and today's decidedly uninspiring 'pre-fab model aeroplane' situation.

For those of you who have never deviated from the ARTF model aircraft path, let me show you what real aeromodelling is all about. When you've read this article, why not try building a traditionally-constructed model aircraft and give your skills a more demanding workout? After all, there's only so much job satisfaction that can be obtained from gluing six or so bits of pre-fab model aeroplane together every time you purchase a new kit!

There's something particularly charming about old-fashioned artwork such as that featured on the Verosonic kit box. The evocative Veron logo sits adjacent to a racy-looking drawing of the 'streamlined soaring sailplane', while the four-colour label pallet and graphic design gives an art deco feel.

Inside the small slimline box, there is to be found a moderate amount of strip, sheet and block balsa, a clear plastic canopy, a few short lengths of wire, plus a folded plan and building instruction pamphlet. If you hadn't the box art, plan and instructions to hand, the strip and sheet balsa gives no clues as to what the finished airframe looks like - in fact, only the band-sawn noseblock hints at the model's eventual sleek and slippery appearance.

The fuselage formers, wing and horizontal tail ribs, wing/tail-tips and the horizontal tail dihedral braces are identity-stamped and die-cut in 1/8 sheet balsa. These items need some scalpel assistance to fully break free from the main sheets so that they can meet up with their matching stripwood components.

I've always found Veron plans delightful, and this one is no exception! Phil Smith's distinctive draughting style is readily evident, and it reveals a beautifully proportioned airframe profusely emblazoned with hand-written building notes. The true aeromodellist could spend ages just admiring such a plan before even picking up the scalpel..."

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Verosonic (oz5153) by Phil Smith from Veron 1949 - model pic

  • (oz5153)
    by Phil Smith
    from Veron
    46in span
    Jetex Glider F/F Kit
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 16/12/2013
    Filesize: 462KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: Edubarca, Joost

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User comments

Hi Mary /Steve, here is a photo of the Veron Verosonic for the plan page of the same [model photo and more pic 003]. I am restoring this one using the plan from Outerzone.
Anon - 12/02/2017
Here is a photo from my Veron Verosonic project [more pics 004]. It's me combining hobbies, photography and model airplanes. Used an old expired film, probably expired 10 years ago, and a cheap camera to make this photo. Aim was make a photo that looks like if I had done it in the early 70s, and it worked, it looks just like a print from those days. Did now what I did not do then, never seen this kit at the time and often did not make photos of what I did build. It's much fun to do it now like this.
Anon - 20/02/2017
I'm having a go at fixing the plan. Should be available shortly.
Alastair Martin - 15/07/2019
I do have a complete kit of this (by now) including the plan. Before you go through any trouble to try and recreate a better plan from that here, I could have that scanned? I never did since I don't know if any one builds this? No photos have been send in or requests for a better plan.
joost - 15/07/2019
Hi I will get the plan scanned asap, I saw I have parts scans already so its worth while.
Joost - 21/07/2019
Here are a few photos to add to the plan page [more pics 005-007].
Joost - 22/07/2019 seems the parts scans are somewhat foreshortened, thereby rendering them useless. A pity for such a nostalgic plan!
Vic Arcudi - 06/09/2019
Vic, the scans are fine, and all the detail you need is here. The printwood has been scanned from both ends. You just need to put a little work in, yourself, and piece the two parts together. Also, you need to be more polite. The word 'useless' is not appropriate.
SteveWMD - 06/09/2019
From what I can tell, the printwood scans ended up "clipped" (i.e. part of it got cut off) because they're longer than what fits on a page. Having two different scans -- one where the scan gets clipped on one end, and the other end starting with the opposite end -- ends up being helpful when using "analog" method.
1. After printing (making sure *NOT* to select "fit to paper"), trim off the margins on the ends where the outlines had been clipped (so that the lines extend to the edge of the paper).
2. Stack these two printouts on a light table (if you don't have one, just use a convenient window so you get light to shine through both sheets of paper)
3. Arrange the sheets so that the you align the common outlines on both sheets of paper.
4. Once you've got the two sheets aligned, tape them together.
Naoto Kimura - 24/06/2020
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