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Eyelash. Radio control 1/2A pylon racer model, uses ACE foam wing.
Quote: "Tiny R/C Pattern ship powered by the fabulous Cox TD .049 has a great deal to offer Expert and Sport flyer alike. Low cost, easy building, plus explosive pattern ability. Eyelash, by Art Schroeder.
In this day of accelerating costs, R/Cers have been looking for ways to reduce their hobby expenditures while still having max-imum fun and relaxation. This has led to greater numbers of 15-to 40-size aircraft be-ing flown at sport fields across the country. But why stop there? If material and fuel costs can be lowered by reducing aircraft and engine size, and with fuel prices now up to 58.00 per gal. an .049 powered plane should be ideal.
Simply stated, the .049 engine is great, but it is only useful for putting around the sky with a high wing trainer - right? Well, friend, such a statement couldn't be more wrong - the .049 can handle any maneuver a 60-powered monster can muster, and costs 10% or less to run than the big birds. Tom Runge and Owen Kampen clearly demonstrated this when they did early experimental work with the Pacer (oz7186) and Mach None (oz2285) now kitted by Ace.
These gentlemen proved that, when coupled with the proper airframe and modern sub-miniature radio equipment, the TD .049 is capable of tremendously high performance levels. Eyelash is cut from that bolt of cloth and further proves the original design concepts of Kampen/Runge as essayed last year in American Modeler magazine. This time, however, in a true mid-wing design.
Eyelash has proven itself capable of doing most maneuvers that an aileron/elevator equipped airplane can do, and when rudder is thrown in, the entire FAI pattern is possible. Moreover, when wind levels are low and with the right hand on the stick, these maneuvers can be of competition quality. Even with that performance potential the aircraft is very stable and not at all difficult to fly, but it is fast and not recommended for beginners. The construction is deceptively simple, no more than for any small trainer, but this doesn't mean that you end up with trainer performance - it's a hand-ful!
At first glance, Eyelash looks like a shrink job of this author's original Eyeball (MAN, August, 1968). Except for the mid-wing configuration we've retained, that is not the case. Proportionally the Eyelash has a longer tail and nose moment, its fuselage is considerably thinned in lateral area and its wing is totally different..."
Quote: "...Eyelash, a 1/2a version of the Eyeball that I always liked the looks of. From MAN and designed by the old MAN himself, Art Schroder. It uses the Ace foam wing. Again, see the Ace All Star plan you have posted for a head start on a built-up wing for this one."
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Update 21/04/2014: Replaced this plan with a cleaner copy on white background, thanks to rchopper56.
Update 07/06/2016: article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
Note this plan used the Ace Foam wing. For a plan showing how to construct a replacement wing in balsa (both tapered and straight-chord) see Ace Foam Wing (oz8557) thanks to AndyKunz.
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