Denight Special


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Denight Special  
by Joe Martin
from RCMplans (ref:142)
March 1965 
50in span
Tags: Scale IC R/C LowWing Racer Civil
all formers complete :)
got article :)

This plan was found online 06/09/2014 at:
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About this Plan

Denight Special - RC pylon racer.

Quote: "If you have already taken a close look at the plans for the Denight Special, you've probably noticed that they contain the phrase - This model is designed to conform to the scale section rules of the National Miniature Pylon Racing Association - This issue will tell you quite a bit about the NMPRA and its objectives, and about a racing event based on Goodyear type pylon racers that will probably be the greatest thing that has happened to R/C since the advent of multi equipment. Imagine, if you will, four Goodyear type racers going down the straightway of a pylon course: a Bonzo, a Shoestring, and a Cosmic Wind - being lead, of course, by a Denight Special!

As an added bonus, these ships are excellent Sunday fliers, have enough room for almost any type of R/C gear, and are a radical departure from the tiresome run-of-the-mill multi design. In brief, they look and fly like their full-scale counterparts, and are designed for an event that captures all the thrills and excitement of the famous Goodyear event.

If I have convinced you to build a Goodyear racer for the new event, I think you would find the Denight Special an excellent choice. The full size prototype was owned and flown by William 'Bart' Denight. It's racing number for the Goodyear-Continental Midget Race was #97, and its registration N9059N. The all yellow ship qualified at 189.7 mph and took second place in the second heat at the 1949 National Air Races at Cleveland.

Construction. Fuselage, Stabilizer, and Vertical Fin. After building about fifteen stunt ships, I found myself quite tired of the usual type of construction, so decided to change the method of building the fuselage to something more scale for this particular design. It has worked out quite well, came out lighter, and was an enjoyable departure from the more conventional construction. I think you will find it interesting to build.

Study section AA and BB on the drawing, for these section views best explain the typical construction methods. First build the left hand side of
the fuselage on the plans using hard 1/4 square stringers. Now build the left side on the reverse side of the plans. Don't forget they are different. Next, add the 1/8 sheet sides to the forward areas of both sides. Add the 3/16 square stringers. For maximum appearance, it is imperative to keep the stringers sharp and free from dents.

The next step is to bend the fuselage sides to their approximate shape as shown in the top view. Add the 1/16 doublers. Sand the proper angle on the aft section of the fuse-lage sides and they are then ready to join together..."

Update 18/07/2015: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to pd1, JohnAV8R.

Update 10/09/2017: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy (text restored), thanks to davidterrell80.

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