Wasp Wings (oz6319)


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Wasp Wings. Free flight sport model, for 0.5 - 0.8cc power.

Quote: "WHEN REVIEWING any new kit, it is only fair to relate any comments to the claims which are made for it. The new Wasp Wings from Performance Kits comes neatly packaged in a glossy finished box, on which the only claims made are that the 34 in span model is suitable for free-flight or radio control, with engines of .5 cc to .8 cc.

On opening the box the contents are seen to be laid out conventionally, and are completely devoid of any gimmicks or innovations. Six pieces of sheet balsa are provided, two die-cut for wing ribs, three printed (being mainly fuselage components), and one plain for fuselage sheeting. Ready-stripped balsa is provided instead of the grooved sheet material previously favoured by this manufacturer, a change welcomed by the reviewer. The engine bearers in the review kit were of spruce material rather than the normal beech, and cabin glazing is supplied as uncut acetate sheet.

The plan is clearly drawn on two sheets of stout paper, while the instructions come in a separate four-page leaflet. Landing gear components are unformed 14 s.w.g. wire, with 1 in diameter solid black plastic wheels. The covering material supplied is lightweight Modelspan, in two colours which vary from kit to kit. Also supplied in the kit is a length of dowelling, and a Performance Kits transfer. Wood quality and grading throughout was excellent. Incidentally, the quality of the review kit was checked against one in stock at a model shop, and no differences were found in quality, indeed I am not sure to this day which kit I used!

Design of the Wasp Wings is orthodox throughout. The wing area is around 140 square inches, and the tail area about 45 square inches. giving a generous margin for stability. Wing dihedral is a little over 15 degrees total. The tailplane is mounted at 0 degrees to the thrustline, with the wing set at slight positive incidence to both. Wing construction is of the multi-spar type, which gives a strong yet warp-free struc-ture, while the tail plane and fin are built from cut sheet parts and strip. The resulting structures are entirely adequate for their tasks. Fuselage construction is a composite of sheet box at front and open frame at rear - a sensible choice if only from the point of view of weight distribution.

Construction of the model proved to be quite straightforward throughout, though a few difficult points were noted. Accuracy of the components was in general excellent, the only exceptions were former F6 which was approximately 14 in. too narrow, and it was found necessary to open out the spar slots in the wing ribs. The instruction sheet is written in such a way that it presupposes the builder has previous experience of building a similar model..."

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Update 26/03/2018: added kit review from Aeromodeller March 1973, thanks to RFJ.

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Wasp Wings (oz6319) by OFW Fisher 1972 - model pic

  • (oz6319)
    Wasp Wings
    by OFW Fisher
    from Performance Kits
    34in span
    IC F/F Cabin Kit
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 01/02/2015
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    Credit*: Phil
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