T-D Coupe (oz5367)
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TD Coupe. Free flight gas model.
The Theodore Dykzeu T-D Coupe (oz1812) design was first published in Oct 1936 MAN. This here is a later redraw from 1974 MB.
Quote: "OLD TIMER Model of the Month. TD Coupe, by Theodore Dykzeul. Redrawn by Phil Bernhardt.
Not all Old Timer model airplanes became famous because of a fantastic competition record, or because the designer was a well known modeler. A perfect example of this was the TD Coupe, designed by Theodore Dykzeul (anyone know where he is today?) and published in the October 1936 issue of MAN. Stop and think, folks, that's almost 38 years ago!
In a day when most gas models were big 8, 9, and 10 foot span boxy clunkers, the Coupe stood out because it was small, clean, and very scale-like in appearance. As a consequence, among old timers it remains as well known as the Miss America, KG, Zipper, Bombshell, et al.
In addition to its attractive exterior, the TD Coupe was well designed structurally, with some features that are considered quite 'contemporary,' such as sheet balsa webs connecting the top and bottom wing spars. As such, it should be a natural for R/C, with almost no modifications - except for splitting the tail surfaces for rudder and elevator control.
The original model was flown with a Baby Cyclone engine."
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User commentsHi Steve and Mary, Here are the pictures of the TD-Coupe [pics 005-009]. However, I have enlarged the construction plan from 1.60 m to 2.50 m . An OS 120 4-stroke is screwed to the motor bulkhead. 3 Graubner servos 5077 are installed for all functions. The rudders are over 0.5 He steered steel wire. A 360ml tank should be enough for not too long flights. The chassis made of 5mm steel wire has 150 Kavan wheels. The finish will be made with Oracover yellow and red in matt. Pine and balsa strips are of course adapted for the size. The whole model will weigh about 5.2 kg.
Andreas Nagel - 13/04/2021
Hi Steve and Mary, Here are the pictures of the finished TD-Coupe [main pic, 010-013]. The weight is now 5.1 kg and the wingspan is 2.50 m. With love,
Andreas Nagel - 07/06/2021
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