Culver Dart (oz623)


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Culver Dart. Peanut scale model by Walt Mooney.

Quote: "By Walt Mooney. The little Dart seems to offer further proof that turbulators are worth the effort. There are detailed instructions on making those beautiful, laminated curved outlines. Better read on.

The Culver Dart GW is a modern looking little lightplane that was designed just before WW II. Probably because of the war, it was never produced in any great numbers. Nevertheless, its cantilever elliptical wing and and its generally pleasing shape make it an intriguing model. It has a rather low aspect ratio, so that as a Peanut Scale model, it has quite a bit of wing area. The tail moment is rather short, so I expected the ship to be a little difficult to trim. The model in the photos was a pleasant surprise and flew easily, with the balance point at the CG indicated on the plans and about five degress of downthrust.

The outlines of the surfaces will probably be the greatest challenge to the average model builder, so we'll take the effort to give a good description of the method of making laminated outlines, while glossing over most of the other, more common balsa stick model structure.

With a model such as this, it is probably best to start by making the outlines. The airplane in the photos had outlines laminated from model railroad basswood. This material is heavier than balsa, but it is also stronger, so by using smaller cross section material, there need not be much of a weight penalty. Use 1/64 by 1/16 basswood strips for the outline. If these are unavailable in your area, use 1/32 by 3/32 strips of balsa for the wing outline and 1/32 by 1/16 balsa for the tail outline.

There are probably some other glues that could be used, but the one I use for making laminated outlines is the common water-soluble white glue..."

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