Le French Poudle (oz5678)
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Le French Poudle. Radio conrol sport model.
Hi Steve - Here is Randy Wrisley's Poudle from RCM magazine issue 07-84.
Quote: "The tandem wing Le French Poudle is suspected of being a descendant of Pou du Ceil, the French Flying Flea. By Randy Wrisley.
Le French Poudle (pronounced poodle) is a super simple .09 sized sport model. It is designed around the Pou Du Ciel formula popularized by Henri Mignet in France. Like the Can-Can, and that unique method of kissing developed by the French, the Poudle's control system differs from accepted practice.
All I can say is don't knock it until you've tried it! By using minimum control throws, and low power, the Poudle is a docile trainer type model with outstanding low speed characteristics. With large control throws, the very same machine becomes a tiger. It loops, snap rolls, spins and, even though I saw it, I still don't believe this silly critter flies upside down!
I really worked hard to make the Poudle as simple to construct as possible. All the wood sizes are stock. There is no exotic hardware, or any wire to bend. A standard size radio fits comfortably within the chubby fuselage. The builder even gets to choose conventional, or tricycle landing gear. So what are you waiting for? Tell the little lady its time she had some companionship while you're away. Then run down to the hobby shop and grab what you need to build her a French Poudle!
Construction. Fuselage: Cut two identical sides from medium soft 1/8 in balsa. Very carefully mark the location of the cabane struts and the formers. Cut the firewall from 1/4 plywood and the remaining formers from 1/8 lite ply.
Cut the cabane struts from 1/4 x 3/4 spruce orpine. Using Super Jet, install a cabane strut on one side. Pin the sides together and Jet glue the second strut to the other side. They must be correctly aligned. Make the wing pivoting control horn as follow& Enlarge the outermost holes from a pair of large T-type control horns until the bolt from a 90 degree aileron bellerank fits through. Clip the outer holes off the bellerank and holt it, complete with its eyelet, between the two horns. Center the assembly on F-2 and bolt in place using the nylon plates provided with the horns. Co back to F-1 and drill the holes for the motor mount. Install the blind mounting nuts and mount the Du-Bro 1/2A nosegear assembly..."
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