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Strikemaster. RC sport model for .40 power. Published in RCM, also kitted by Midwest.
Quote: "Over the years a number of model plane designs were evolved only because some KC equipment required testing and probably the most well known model to be born this way was the Ugly Stik (oz5175). Strikemaster came about in more or less the same way because, after years of using highly unreliable home built equipment, I finally received a big break and found that I was able to afford my first real R/C gear - a brand new Series 70 Kraft six channel, so it was natural that I should want to get it into the air in the shortest possible time.
I could have built an Ugly Stik, I suppose, but as a good Chicago Scalemaster, I felt that my creation should have at least some likeness to a full size aircraft and my original lunch time sketches bore resemblances to the Anglo-French Jaguar, BAC TSR 2 and the BAC Lightning, all of which I had been intimately connected with back in the old country. In fact, the model presented here in its Mark Three version, bears psuedo 56 Squadron RAF markings, stolen from a Lightning of that illustrious and historic squadron.
I can honestly recount that the Strikemaster has been more than forgiving, the low wing loading and that generous leading edge radius taking care of me on many occasions. The model's characteristics are that it should have enough performance to satisfy the 'almost expert' and yet it will fly slow and docile enough to make it a good transition model for any RC'er trying multi for the first time. Mehlin Smith (responsible for the first ever Goldberg Shoestring (oz1923) you may recall) can really show off its low speed handling by flying it low and slow, dragging it in now high just above the weeds to finally rib my nose in it by dumping it on its elevator right at my feet! Another party piece is to hover into the wind with the stick way back, throttle closed, using rudder only to maintain heading and finally sinking right into the field.
Little need be said about the construction since it is very basic with its all sheet fuselage, but a couple of notes on the order of things will be an Assistance I'm sure.
Construction. Assemble the wing first - a straightforward 1/16 balsa sheeting job over a foam core. I used Southern's Sorghum to attach the skins and have found it satisfactory. Five Minute epoxy holds the tips, leading and trailing edges in place.
Next, assemble the fuselage sides remembering, of course, to make a RIGHT and a LEFT. I did find it a distinct advantage to use 3M77 spray contact adhesive when laminating the sides to the balsa and plywood doub lers but I also took care to mask off other areas where conventional glues would be used. The sides are erected over the plan with F1, 2, and 3 epoxied in place and once they have set and are squared up, you can add the remaining fortners and the rear wing hold-down blocks..."
Note this plan uses a wire-cut foam wing.
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User commentsFirst RC plane I built back in 1977...newbie back then...just learning...building and flying...loved the strikemaster...just fun to fly...fun to build...put a lot of air miles on it...never crashed it...gave it to a relative...thinking about building another one now from scratch...thank you so much for the plans
Jim McClelland - 02/04/2019
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