Tipsy Nipper (oz6327)
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Tipsy Nipper. Scale IC model for either CL or FF, from MAN December 1960.
Quote: "Name your poison, author has designed versatile model that can be exhibition scale, rubber scale, and small RC scale. Tipsy Nipper, by James Noonan.
The newest of a long line of tiny light planes designed by Mr EO Tips of Avions Fairey of Belgium, Tipsy 'Nipper' is powered by a Volkswagen flat four engine, available as an 'industrial' engine (ie for uses other than automobiles) and comes finished or as a kit (without motor) costing about $1,000. Nipper is really tiny, only six metres span (19 ft 8-1/4 in), 14 ft 9 in long and weighs empty 345 lbs. For those who want additional information, we suggest writing the factory: (Avions Fairey, SA, Aerodrome Gosselies, Charleroi, Belgium).
Nipper is most interesting as a model project because of its versatile nature which makes no deviation from scale outline or construction necessary for an exhibition scale (am I living in the past?) scale for rubber (fair) or small motor (excellent), slow flying, single channel R/C, or by adhering to outline, but building the model lke a government packing case, a scale U/C model that will stunt with the best. We shall deal with each type; although the drawings are for powered flying scale model, any type can be built when following these directions.
Control Line Model. Wing: Make ribs of 3/32 in stock; spar & LE of 1/8 in sq spruce or hard balsa. The remainder of the wing structure is of 1/16 in sheet balsa. Sand, cover with silk or heavy paper. Bellcrank is in cockpit and wires must be built into LH wing panel. If model is for stunting, a thick symmetrical wing section should be used.
Tail surfaces: Conventional 1/4" sheet balsa construc-tion. Cover with silk.
Fuselage: Using built up side as a pattern, cut two sides of 3/32 sheet. Using top fairing bulkheads, make complete bulkheads and form fuselage; add fairing on top, bottom and sides as shown. Firewall should be 1/8 in ply, fill in behind it with soft blocks and shape to top and side contours. Make landing gear of 3/32 wire, bind and solder. Fit motor bearers to suit..."
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Update 7/1/2016: added article, thanks to RFJ.
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