Buster (oz5343)


Buster (oz5343) by Gerald Zeigenfuse from Model Airplane News 1957 - plan thumbnail

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Buster. Simple rubber sport model. Wingspan 30 inch.

Quote: "MAN is proud to present this rubber-powered model. It is a mighty fine flier. Easy to build - but takes some 'try.' Buster, by Gerald R Zeigenfuse.

Buster is a plane that will be enjoyed by both, beginner and experi-enced bulkier. For the experienced it is just the thing on a nice day when you don't want to risk flying all those hot contest jobs, For the beginner, it is the next step up towards contest models from such planes as the Quickie Mail Plane (oz6196) in the January 1957 issue, by Sherman Gillespie.

Buster is an exellent stable performer. Because of its light weight, it is rarely damaged. It is simple to build, uses no odd sizes of wood. Commercial props may be used as substitutes for the ones shown on the plan; but I recommend carving your own prop, as it is no more difficult than carving a hand-launch glider wing. A prop is merely a twisted wing anyway!

Well, let's start to build it. Study the plans and read the article thoroughly and. I'm sure that you will find this a most enjoyable building project.

Fuselage. Select four very hard 3/32 sq strips. They should be as nearly equal in strength as possible to prevent uneven bending, which would pull the fuselage out of line when assembling it. These are the longerons and we begin by pinning two of them to the plan, after having placed wax-paper over it to protect it. Carefully cut out the 3/32 sq uprights and eement in place. Also cut out and cement in place the 3/32 sheet fill-ins at the nose and at the rear motor hook locations. When cutting these out, it is wise to make a duplicate set for the second fuselage side.

Now build the second side over the first to be sure they are exactly alike. When dry (preferably overnight), lift from the plan and separate the sides with a razor blade. The sides are joined at the widest part first. Note that the four cross braces, which are those at the wing position, are all the same size. Cement them in place. At this point you may turn the fuselage upside down and pin to the plan over the top view of the fuselage. Pull the sides together at the rear and cement. A spring type clothespin is handy for holding them together..."

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Buster (oz5343) by Gerald Zeigenfuse from Model Airplane News 1957 - model pic

  • (oz5343)
    by Gerald Zeigenfuse
    from Model Airplane News
    December 1957 
    30in span
    Rubber F/F Cabin
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 14/02/2014
    Filesize: 329KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: theshadow

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