Blackbird - plan thumbnail image

Blackbird - completed model photo

by Paul Del Gatto
from Model Airplane News
November 1958 
18in span
Tags: Glider F/F
all formers complete :)

This plan was found online 18/08/2014 at:
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About this Plan

Blackbird - Chuck glider.

Quote: - "The model does not require much nose ballast, and virtually all of it can be eliminated by melting some lead ballast and pouring it into a drilled hole which indicates the eye position center portion of the wing is trimmed in bright red and yellow, approximately as indicated on the plans. When this has all been completed, you might even rub down the surface lightly and then wax it for that added luster. This may seem like a lot of trouble just for a phoney bird, but when you get a load of those gaping mouths and wide-eyed stares from other modellers, you'll know it was well worth it..."


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User comments

On the original plan from Model Airplane News it calls out for the body to be 1/4" balsa. On the new CAD drawing it calls out for the body to be made from 1/8" balsa. Big difference strength wise. Love the print. Building one now. Thank you. Love your Web site!
bassman - 21/04/2015
Yes, you're correct, the fuselage is supposed to be 1/4in balsa, that's what mine was back in the day, built from the original plans. Mine turned out to fly pretty well, considering the heavy Testor's balsa I used, all that was available. The lead eye made with a soldering gun thru a hole in the fuselage was a good balance technique, one I used on later gliders. In Jr High, I couldn't afford to actually BUY model magazines, but I discovered a bicycle trip to the nearby library produced a treasure trove of back issues. And they let me take them home after I read a stack in air conditioned comfort. Later I was able to get much better SIG balsa and my flight times improved.
DougSmith - 13/05/2015
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