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Minnow. Cosmic Wind Racer. Goodyear Racer for .19 UC Scale by Paul Plecan, from Aircraft Plan Company. Plan G-33.
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Update 16/09/2020: Added article, thanks to theshadow.
Quote: "HERE'S a scale U-control design that is a model builder's dream come true. Fast, good-looking, and relatively simple to build, Minnow is the job for those flying-scale beauty contests next season. Scaled down from authentic factory drawings and Pete Bowers' on-the-spot data sheet, our model of the Minnow is 38 inches in span (2 in = 1 ft scale) following the latest trend towards larger scale models. All details are included for an exact replica of Herman 'Fish' Salmon's Goodyear Trophy winner. Cream trim on bronze makes as flashy a job as we can think of - just wait till you see one of these in the air on a sunny day.
To duplicate the all-metal appearance of the original, the model was covered with sheet balsa. Due to the simple lines, planking is a cinch. Engine mounting details show the new Atwood Triumph engine, but since the bearers are fairly close together, almost any engine down to a 29 will do the job. However, a larger engine, like the Triumph or a 60 will provide the. power needed for extra good flights.
A modified form of crutch construction is used, simplifying fuselage alignment. The only hard items are the wing fillets and forming of the cockpit canopy. We know that won't scarce you, so let's clear the bench. To eliminate the drudgery entailed in enlarging plans, you can obtain Air Trails full size plans if you wish. For those who want to start in right away, the plan border has been marked off at 1 inch intervals to facilitate enlargement by the graph method.
The first item on the agenda is the fuselage. Four crutch or keel pieces are needed first. Obtain sheets of 1/8 balsa that are as similar as possible for these (preferably cut from the same plank.). Formers are next, cut from firm 1/8 sheet stock. Since half-formers are shown on the plan, two of each will be required. Start assembly by cementing and pinning two keel pieces together at the rear end (spread apart about 20° ). This angle will permit insertion of former 10 coated with cement along the side edges. After pinning it in place, work forward..."
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