Quickie (oz5856)


Quickie (oz5856) by Fred Reese from RCMplans 1972 - plan thumbnail

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Quickie. RC sport / pylon racer .15 model for 3 channels.

Quote: "High Performance Sport Plane Designed For .09 To .15 Engines And Two Or Three Channel Radios. By Fred Reese.

The Quickie is a high performance sport plane designed to respond to rudder as if it had ailerons. Roll response is truly axial and is achieved without the additional aileron servo, linkage and attendant weight. The generous dihedral and tall rudder give the Quickie positive roll response. The large rudder does not allow 'hands off' recovery from a spiral as does a trainer and the Quickie must be flown at all times just as you would a normal pattern ship.

The Quickie is, in reality, a Quarter Midget racer disguised as a high wing cabin monoplane. Its dimensions meet all current Quarter Midget rules except for the scale part. Actually, with a few slight changes to the tail shape, it could be called a 'Midget Monocoupe' which did race. With a .15, the Quickie is quite fast and can race with all the .60 powered beasts or other Quarter Midget racers. It is not an aircraft for the inexperienced flyer, despite its configuration!

In spite of its racing heritage, the Quickie was really intended for weekend fun flying. Ground handling is excellent as is its slow landing speed. Landings are a real joy and touch-and-go's are really easy. The high wing configuration allows it to be easily hand launched, if needed. If you fly from a rough field it might be desirable to use nylon bolts or rubber bands to attach the landing gear.

For more docile flying a Max .10 or an Enya .09 will give very good performance though not as spectacular as a .15. The Quickie is an ideal airplane for one of the two channel brick systems and an .09 or possibly a .15, although throttle control is desirable when a .15 is used. If you are flying near houses or buildings, use a muffler. I use a Murphy Muffler on mine and I cannot detect any loss of performance. It is just quieter.

The Quickie was also designed to build up quickly with all of the structure reduced to a minimum and utilizing plywood in areas of stress. 5-Minute epoxy was used for all of the fuselage construction except for contact cement on the doublers. Titebond was used for the basic wing construction.

Let's begin with the wing as it only takes a short time and while it is drying you can start the fuselage. First, make up two sheets of 1/16 x 8 x 36 in. Pin one of the sheets down to a flat surface and mark off the rib locations. Pin down and glue the 1/2 in square leading edge and the 1/16 x 3/8 filler strip. Glue down all of the ribs including the center two. These two ribs should be about 1/16 apart and angled slightly for the dihedral. When all of the ribs have dried, fit the top sheet and trim away any excess wood and bevel the trailing edge..."

Also kitted by Michigan Hobby Hangar.

Update 22/12/2020: Added kit review from RCM, May 1977, thanks to RFJ.

Quote: "RCM Product Test: Quickie, from Michigan Hobby Hangar.

The Quickie is a .09 to .15 powered basic trainer and general sport aircraft produced by Michigan Hobby Hangar. It was designed by Fred Reese and first appeared as a construction article in RCM.

The kit is of conventional balsa and hardwood construction with a hardware package that includes blind nuts and screws, formed dural landing gear, hinge material, push-rod material, control horns, and clevises, and the wire for the tail wheel as well as the hardwood dowels for the wing hold-down. The kit is very complete and can be assembled by most novice builders.

Although the plans are very small, they are only required for occasional reference in building. The instruction booklet is very thorough and every step of construction is detailed and then checked off in a special check list at the left. Materials used throughout the kit are of the highest quality and all parts fit perfectly. Building time was approximately 12 hours using 5-minute epoxy and Wilhold Aliphatic Resin for all phases of construction.

Flight characteristics of this little airplane are really great. It will loop, snap roll, spin, and even flies well inverted — and all of this with muffled .10 up front. Take-offs and landings are very smooth, but care must be taken not to over-control since the Quickie is quite responsive to the controls. However, with the flying surfaces set at minimum throw, nearly any novice can handle the Quickie with ease.

All and all, this is a very enjoyable little aircraft which, after several very hard landings, the only damage was a slight crack in the aft left side of the fuselage near the horizontal stabilizer and a slightly bent landing gear. An excellent testimony to the durability of Michigan Hobby Hangar's Quickie."

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