Bowlus Baby Albatross (oz571)


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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..."

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Thank you for sharing the bowlus plan.
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