RCM Trainer oz5306


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Submitted to Outerzone: 04/02/2014
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RCM Trainer - AKA RCM Advanced Trainer - AKA RCM Trainer 60. Radio control trainer model for .40 to .60 size engines. Wingspan 58-1/2 in, wing area 673 sq in.

Quote: "The RCM Advanced Trainer, designed by Don Dewey and Joe Bridi, can be built either from the kit from Bridi Hobby Enterprises, 23625 Pine-forest Lane, Harbor City, California 90710, or can be built from the construction notes in this chapter along with the full site plans available from R/C Modeler Magazine Plan Service, P.O. Box 487, Sierra Madre, California 91024. The price of the kit is $44.95 and the price of the plans are $3.00.

The Advanced Trainer is designed for the novice who has gained the necessary training experience on the Basic Trainer, or for the beginner who has an experienced instructor who will stick with him during the training phase.

The RCM Advanced Trainer has 672 square inches of wing area with an all-up flying weight of from 5-1/2 lb to 6-1/4 lbs. Although designed for a .40 to .61 cubic inch displacement engine, we strongly recommend the use of a K & B .40 or O.S. Max .40 RC engine for your training flights. Later, you will find that this aircraft will be capable of all the maneuvers in the AMA and FA1 pattern when a .61 engine is installed.

The photographs accompanying this article were taken by the RCM Staff building the Trainer from the highly prefabricated kit from Bridi Hobby Enterprises. The total assembly time, less covering and installation of radio, engine, and hardware is 0-10 hours. Following the instructions and photographs for building the Advanced Trainer from the kit, a reduced set of plans and instructions will be provided for those who wish to build from the plans available from R/C Modeler Magazine... "

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Update 12/07/2016: Added article thanks to davidterrell80. This is actually a chapter from the RCM-published Flight Training Course (FTC) (1st ed. 1972). The 'article' (chapter 9 in the FTC) is entitled 'RCM Advanced Trainer' and the 'Advanced' name is consistently used throughout. However, the plan is entitled 'RCM Trainer' which can cause confusion with RCM plan number 354, the RCM Trainer (oz6537) by HL Stroup.

Update 12/10/2018: Added PDFvector plan tracing and CAD files, thanks to AlanSinclair.

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oz5306 datafile

RCM Trainer  
by Joe Bridi
from RCMplans (ref:476)
January 1972 
58in span
Tags: IC R/C Cabin Trainer
all formers complete :)
got article :)



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User comments

Hello Steve, The RCM trainer by Joe Bridi was once published in Flug in 1973 (a German magazine, predecessor of FMT) but was renamed to Donjo. My father built it for me in 1994 as my second plane but sometimes life has different plans. It never flew and after more than 20 years still waits on its maiden which REALLY should happen once. I attach a picture of my Donjo in a quite eclectic colour scheme [more pics 003, 004]. Remind: it was build in the '90s and the covering scheme was chosen by a '90s teenager ;)
Dries - 22/04/2016
Here are a couple of photos of the RCM Advanced Trainer I maidened yesterday [more pics 006, 007].
Anon - 05/05/2017
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