Bowlus Baby Albatross (oz571)

 

Bowlus Baby Albatross (oz571) by Paul Plecan from Air Trails 1938 - plan thumbnail

About this Plan

Bowlus Baby Albatross. Scale glider from July 1938 Air Trails.

Quote: "Plans and instructions for making a fine flying model of a modern sailplane by Paul Plecan.

The name Bowlus has been identified for years with the finest soaring craft in America. Already distinguished because of the Albatross and other ships too numerous to mention, Bowlus is now producing the Baby Albatross. The new design is highly original, striking a pleasant note in this day of standardization.

The model with the exception of alterations in the size and area of the tail surfaces and the addition of dihedral, is an accurate reproduction of its prototype.

The fuselage or 'pod' is carved from a solid block of soft balsa. After shaping the block to the required outside dimensions of the pod, draw the profile on the largest side. Cut away the excess wood and reapeat the process to obtain the proper top-view shape. Shape the pod to the proper cross-sections, indications of which are drawn integral with the side view. Sand the finished pod to a temporary rough but even finish.

Cut the pod in half longitudinally and hollow each half until an electric light, help close, can be seen through the wood. A curved blade of some description would facilitate the work. The hollowed halves are cemented back together and held until dry with rubber bands..."

Supplementary file notes

Article pages, text and pic, thanks to BillW.

Corrections?

Did we get something wrong with these details about this plan (especially the datafile)? That happens sometimes. You can help us fix it.
Add a correction

Bowlus Baby Albatross (oz571) by Paul Plecan from Air Trails 1938 - model pic

Datafile:

Bowlus Baby Albatross (oz571) by Paul Plecan from Air Trails 1938 - pic 003.jpg
003.jpg

Do you have a photo you'd like to submit for this page? Then email admin@outerzone.co.uk

User comments

No comments yet for this plan. Got something to say about this one?
Add a comment

 

 
 

Download File(s):
  • Bowlus Baby Albatross (oz571)
  • Plan File Filesize: 1326KB Filename: Bowlus_Baby_Albatross_oz571.pdf
  • Supplement Filesize: 426KB Filename: Bowlus_Baby_Albatross_oz571_article.pdf
  • help with downloads
 

Notes

* Credit field

The Credit field in the Outerzone database is designed to recognise and credit the hard work done in scanning and digitally cleaning these vintage and old timer model aircraft plans to get them into a usable format. Currently, it is also used to credit people simply for uploading the plan to a forum on the internet. Which is not quite the same thing. This will change soon. Probably.

Scaling

This model plan (like all plans on Outerzone) is supposedly scaled correctly and supposedly will print out nicely at the right size. But that doesn't always happen. If you are about to start building a model plane using this free plan, you are strongly advised to check the scaling very, very carefully before cutting any balsa wood.

 

Terms of Use

© Outerzone, 2011-2019.

All content is free to download for personal use.

For non-personal use and/or publication: plans, photos, excerpts, links etc may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Outerzone with appropriate and specific direction to the original content i.e. a direct hyperlink back to the Outerzone source page.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site's owner is strictly prohibited. If we discover that content is being stolen, we will consider filing a formal DMCA notice.