Bellanca Skyrocket (oz5537)


Bellanca Skyrocket (oz5537) by Bill Hannan from Model Airplane News 1970 - plan thumbnail

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US Navy Bellanca Skyrocket. Bitty Bellanca. Peanut scale rubber model.

Quote: "The thirties return to life as Bellanca wings once again lift into the air in model form; suitable for the Navy Aircraft category in the indoor flying scale event or Peanut Scale. This 'oldie' used by the US Navy for radio experiments; model can reach one minute.

This model was designed with several purposes in mind. It is suitable for the NAVY AIRCRAFT category of the indoor flying scale event. This class was originally proposed by VTO Editor Dave Linstrum for the Nationals contest, and has been sponsored by the National Free Flight Society. The idea was to put greater emphasis on naval aircraft, in recognition of the fact that the US Navy has long served as the Nats host. In addition, it was hoped that the class would attract a great variety of models, which naturally add interest to any contest.

Initially, many people are apt to think only in terms of well-known Navy planes, such as Corsairs, Wildcats, Avengers, etc, and while these would make acceptable choices, they certainly are not the only options. Consider this selection of machines which have been employed by the US Navy: Stinson Reliant; DeHavilland Puss Moth; Lockheed Altair; and Beechcraft Staggerwing. Or how about these obscure, but perfectly legitimate examples: Fokker D-VII: At least six were assigned to the US Navy, as were a few of the similar appearing Fokker C-1s. (Reference: AAHS Journal, Summer 1960) Nieuport 28, Sopwith Camel, Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter, SE-5, and Hanriot. Believe it or not, most of these WW I types were actually flown from the decks of US Navy ships! (Reference: AAHS Journal, Summer 1965). If weirdos are your bag, how about these: Pitcairn autogiros (both winged and wingless versions); PAS Gyroplane; Macchi M-16; or Stearmond-Hammond Safety Plane? Like to play it safe with prosaic, but easy-to-fly lightplanes? Check this group: Cessna Bird Dog; Fairchild 24; or Piper Cub. So it can be seen that there is an almost endless variety - and we've only mentioned aircraft of the US Navy. The event is also open to foreign navy planes.

Our little Bellanca is also small enough to be eligible for Peanut Scale. Under the rules (which were originated by the Bridgeport, Conn. Flying Aces Club) these models must have a wing span maximum of 13 in and a minimum of 10 in. PEANUT SCALE contests are now being held in several parts of the country as auxiliary 'fan' events, in conjunction with more serious clasaes. The appeal of PEANUTS can be attributed to several factors. Among the older modelers, there is an element of nostalgia attached to these tiny terrors of the sky, since they are strongly reminiscent of the old pre-war 10 and 25 cent kits. Among the youngsters, the small cost of materials required for construction is an important consideration. Usually, the average builder can round up most of the needed supplies from his scrap box, and even the time required is minimal as compared to larger models.

In PEANUT SCALE, the accent is on reasonable scale, rather than exact scale. It is surprising just how much detail can be incorporated in a small model and still retain good flying characteristics. In fact, these models can be made to REALLY perform. Flights of 30 seconds are common and a few Peanuts have even managed to exceed one minute. So much for the sales pitch, let's get on with this project.

Construction. First decide if your model will be used for indoor flying, outdoor flying, or dual purpose. If strictly indoor flying is contemplated, the model should be made of the lightest available balsa wood and covered with condenser paper. Conversely, for a strictly outdoor job, more rugged materials should he employed, and Japanese tissue can be used for covering. Some Peanut pilots, especially on the East Coast, even finish their models with several coats of opaque dope, and rely upon greater amounts of power to make up for the extra weight.

On the West Coast, many Peanuts are designed to be dual purpose aircraft. They are strong enough to be flown outside, assuming at least fairly calm weather, but are light enough to be flown indoors. With this type of model, colored tissue is generally used instead of colored dope for the overall coloration, but small details are painted to provide a more realistic appearance than that of the rather stark, purely indoor models. The model shown in our photos is of the compromise type, and can be considered a dual-purpose aircraft..."

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