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.
Direct submission to Outerzone.
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."
Article pages, text and pics.
This plan is available for download in CAD format.
Did we get something wrong with this plan? That happens sometimes. Help us make a correction
Do you have a photo you'd like to submit for this page? Then email email@example.com
* Credit field
The Credit field in the Outerzone database is designed to recognise and credit the hard work done in scanning and digitally cleaning these vintage and old timer model aircraft plans to get them into a usable format. Currently, it is also used to credit people simply for uploading the plan to a forum on the internet. Which is not quite the same thing. This will change soon. Probably.
This model plan (like all plans on Outerzone) is supposedly scaled correctly and supposedly will print out nicely at the right size. But that doesn't always happen. If you are about to start building a model plane using this free plan, you are strongly advised to check the scaling very, very carefully before cutting any balsa wood.
© Outerzone, 2011-2019.
All content is free to download for personal use.
For non-personal use and/or publication: plans, photos, excerpts, links etc may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Outerzone with appropriate and specific direction to the original content i.e. a direct hyperlink back to the Outerzone source page.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site's owner is strictly prohibited. If we discover that content is being stolen, we will consider filing a formal DMCA notice.