Borealis (oz5868)


Borealis (oz5868) by L Oakley 1981 - plan thumbnail

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Borealis. Radio control sport biplane model, for .45 power.

Quote: "Biplanes have been favorites of mine ever since I was a boy in New Mexico. I can still vividly remember seeing brightly painted double-wingers against the deep blue desert sky hall filled with puffy, brilliant white, cumulus clouds. Most of the time they would just lumber noisily along obviously with some destination in mind, but occasionally a sky writer would advertise cola drinks across the sky. I also recall that biplanes usually attracted more attention from earthbound spectators than the more common Piper Cub types. Everyone would stop and stare when one flew over. I know I always did.

My father owned a couple of Standards during the barnstorming days in Kansas, long before I came on the scene. He had a couple of boxes full of photos of his 'crates' which I loved to pour over for hours while wearing an old cloth flying helmet and goggles that be had given me. I dreamed that some day I too, would fly one of those beautiful birds. Well, I never did learn to fly for real but through the magic of radio control, I can vicariously zoom along in my own jaunty biplane doing barrel rolls, Immelmans, loops, Split S's and even fly inverted.

The Borealis Biplane is the result of reading a Chuck Cunningham article on basic biplane design a couple of years ago. There are lots of good biplane kits on the market and it would he easier to simply go down to the friendly hobby shop and buy one, but l get much more pleasure from designing and building from scratch. This model is not difficult to build, but I would not recommend it as a first - from scratch - project unless you have already built a number of RC kits.

Living in Alaska, where the winters are long and snowy, forces me to use skiis for a good portion of the year, or take up another hobby. This model handles equally well on snow or dry ground simply by removing four screws and changine from skits or wheels. The plans show both types of undercarriage.

Building is straightforward and should present no problems for the experienced builder. The construction sequence is up to you. However, I will present instructions in the order in which I usually build a model..."

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Martin Kolm - 28/02/2022
Thank you Outerzone for your magnificent web site. It is so much fun to recreate airplanes like this from the past , at the time I submitted the photo I had not yet flown this little gem and a gem it is indeed. I now have some time on it and although Mr. Oakley did not talk much about the airplanes flying quality it is in fact very aerobatic and considerably faster than I anticipated. It has a very wide speed range. The build is pretty straight forward, the thing that attracted me to this plane was that it had no N braces for fast easy assembling at the field, the airplane is very strong and durable as you would expect from a Chuck Cunningham design you can see that Mr. Oakley had some Cunningham influence. My borealis is powered with a 9cc gasser with dual servos on ailerons. If your looking for a great flying little bipe that is simple to build and looks great, well then look no further thanks again to Outerzone for the great recreation.
Martin Kolm - 10/03/2022
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