Imperial RC-100 (oz595)


Imperial RC-100 (oz595) by Don McGovern from Jetco 1962 - plan thumbnail

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Jetco Imperial RC-100. Radio control powered glider. Wingspan 100 in wing area 954 sq in. For .09 to .15 engines, or towline, hi-star or slope launch.

Quote: "This huge 100 in soaring gilder has been designed to serve you as a high-performance thermal-sensitive aircraft, capable of carrying up to 10 channel equipment it desired, flown as a single-channel R/C design, or as a standard towline or slope soarer. A hi-start launch may also be used, in which part of the towline is made up of rubber. When stretched, this gives the model a launch comparable, or superior to the conventional towline. Most flyers will find a power-assist more convenient, and for this reason an .09 to .15 engine is used in the nose.

Other power-assisted R/C gliders rely on an external pod nacelle, which tends to increase the drag and destroy the fine soaring qualities of such designs. We chose the engine-in-nose method, with a drop-down belly wheel to provide necessary prop clearance, and the additional shock-absorbing qualities which are possible with such a gear arrangement. The gear may be rigged to descend on any R/C signal, or timer/fuse actuated.

The Imperial RC-100 is capable of thermal flying with no radio at all, single channel, intermediate equipment on up to 10 channel relay or relayless outfits. Choice of equipment is up to you, but bear in mind any added weight on a glider is reflected in decreased soaring ability. This model is large enough to do very well with 10 channel gear, but when thermals are weak, the lighter-loaded craft may have an edge. A single channel receiver operating the rudders for control is all that is really required. Those desiring more complex installations, actuating ailerons, elevators, gear, motor, spoilers etc may do so, and will of course gain additional fine-control over the flight attitudes. Remember too, a slow flying soarer will not require aileron and other flight attitude corrections to the same degree as conventional powered R/C designs.

Once you have decided what if any surfaces you wish to control by radio, and the equipment you wish to install, you are ready to go to work. Examine the kit contents carefully, and study the plans carefully. All parts may be removed from the die-cut sheets, and grouped for the wing, stab, and fuselage. As all flying surfaces taper, ribs will only fit in one position, and are therefore not numbered. The same is true of the fuselage crosd-sections. We suggest that you group all of these parts in pairs, stacked in order for faster assembly. A few parts which may not be readily identified will remain. The sub-rudder and butterfly stab platform, triangular gussets etc, will account for most of them. Others will position themselves as the need arises..."

Note the Imperial RC-100 could be built with a choice of butterfly or conventional tail surfaces.

Update 02/07/2013: Replaced this plan with a better copy that includes full rib formers, as drawn by Planeman, sent in by RM.


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Not a correction, but this is a rare bird, and I would like to build one, but no one has the rib templates. I was going to use a 'Bird of Time' wing but decided to wait until someone copied the ribs also so I could build the correct wing. Maybe you can put a shout out to anyone that has the kit lying around (Yeah right) and would be willing to make the templates avail. It has a million ribs so it would not be a light task. One of these was NIB on ebay recently and sold for hundreds of dollars. It was the only one that I have ever seen in the box.
Nameless - 02/07/2013
It's your lucky day. See update.
SteveWMD - 02/07/2013
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