Simple Sabre Trainer (oz6286)


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Simple Sabre Trainer. 1/2A CL trainer. All sheet design.

Quote: "Alright, let's face it. 1/2A U-Control trainers are a dime a dozen. Construction goes something like this: Peel the bark off the wood and paint until your arm gets tired. This results in a heavy, sluggish flying plane. Due to the extra weight should the flier make a miscue, this type of plane has been known to attack the ground with extra vigor, and the flier goes home carrying more pieces than he started out with.

So there you are back in the basement with a heap of trash. Despair hangs heavy in the air. Is it all worth it? But wait! Isn't that a cloud of dust on the horizon? It is! It's the SST (Simple Sabre Trainer) - the solution to all your problems.

The SST is lightweight (notice the thinner sheets) and flexible, but not weak. Check that spoon-type fuselage construction - the SST gains its strength through brains not brawn. Sleek lines don't cost extra either. It has a tricycle landing gear for real jet-like appearance and smoother takeoffs and landings. And fly? You haven't seen anything like it west of the Pecos. With a zippy engine and an experienced wrangler on the handle, the SST will loop, fly inverted, and do a recognizable figure eight. Yet it is a tame old mare for the Tenderfoot.

One more thing before you start to build. I'll make a deal with you. If you promise to pick out the lighter sheets of wood at the hobby shop, and go easy on that colored dope, I'll tell you a secret if you haven't already guessed. The SST was designed by a 43-1/2 yearold avid free-flighter for his six year old son to fly. He did it and so can you.

Construction The SST goes together quickly. Begin by cutting the wing and stabilizer from 3/32 sheet balsa. The outlines may be transferred by first laying the balsa under the plans, then, using a common pin, punch through the plan into the wood along the outline at approximately one inch intervals. Remove the plans and cut between pin holes using a razor blade or hobby knife and a straight edge such as a ruler for a guide.

Cut out the spoon and lower half of the fuselage using the same procedure. Lay the plans on top of the spoon and mark the 'V' groove for the landing gear with your pin. The V groove may be made by scoring the spoon with the end of a screwdriver or a dull pencil point. Be sure to cut the angle on the front of the spoon for thrust offset. The main landing gear is next. Cut a piece of 1/16 music wire 10-1/2 in long. Bend at the center into a V shape which matches the V on the spoon. Mark the wire where it crosses each edge of the spoon and bend back 90 degrees at these marks. All you need do now is bend the ends of the wire up for the axles as shown on the front view of the landing gear. While you have the wire handy, bend the nose gear as shown..."

Hi Steve - Here is Dean Swift and John Carr's Simple Sabre Trainer from American Aircraft Modeler magazine issue 05-72.

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Update 27/02/2019: Added PDFvector and CAD versions of this plan, thanks to MikeSierra67.

Quote: "Dear friends Steve and Mary. I send you the CAD redraw for the plan ID: oz6286. 'Simple Sabre Trainer'. I add the plan in PDF, DWG and DXF formats. Greetings."

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Simple Sabre Trainer (oz6286) by Dean Swift, John Carr 1972 - model pic

  • (oz6286)
    Simple Sabre Trainer
    by Dean Swift, John Carr
    from American Modeler
    May 1972 
    18in span
    IC C/L
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 20/01/2015
    Filesize: 98KB
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    Credit*: theshadow, MikeSierra67
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