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Cicada. Radio control trainer from Australian magazine, Model News.
Quote: "A 62 inch Span Radio Control Model for Single or Multi Channel Operation. Cicada, designed by John Marquette.
For the first time in Australia we publish the plans of a radio model and, what's more, a receiver to go with it. This is YOUR opportunity to get into R/C.
Having tried quite a few models from published plans and kits, I still couldn't find what I was looking for. I wanted a really good R/C ship, and to be this it had, in my opinion, to incorporate all of the following features:
First of all, it must be expendable, because if you're serious about becoming proficient at R/C flying you are going to get through quite a few models. To gain this feature, we must have a model that is quick and easy to build and is quite functional, in that there are no unnecessary frills and embelishments to tote up the cost of materials.
It must be lightly constructed; great strength means great weight and since it is impossible to build a model strong enough to withstand a good prang, let's keep it light and flyable.
It must have a wing area as large as possible in keeping with good design, so that we can finish up with a respectable wing loading.
It must have a goad roomy fuselage that will take any gear and still leave space, so that you can get at it.
It must be of an overall size that's large enough to see in the air, but small enough to be easily transported to and from the field.
Finally, it must fly well. It must be capable of doing every stunt in the book in the hands of an expert, but so docile and viceless that it can also be flown by beginners.
With all this In mind, and not being able to find a plan or kit. currently available that included every one of these features, I decided the only thing to do was to have a crack at designing one and that's how 'Cicada' was born.
Being far from an expert in aerodynamics, I am prepared to admit that the design finally evolved was a fluke for, after the first Cicada was built and flown, it turned out to be a really fabulous ship and every one built since has been as good as the first. You try one and I am sure you will agree.
Even if you have done a lot of model building, please read and follow these instructions and you will be surprised how quickly your model will take shape.
First off, study the plan and accurately cut out every item. Next take the fuse sides, lay them on your building board and proceed to cement in place the following items in the order given. The 3/32 Doublers from F3 forward, the 3/32 Doublers at tail, Engine Bearers, all the Triplers (for want of a better name) in the nose, 3/16 Battery Compartment Bearers..."
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