Cloud Cruiser (oz6342)


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Cloud Cruiser. Free flight gas parasol model. Original article pages and drawings from MAN July 1937.

Quote: "Complete instructions for you to build the perfect gas model. Very stable, not too large, fine performer. The Cloud Cruiser, by Harry Moyer.

THE CLOUD CRUISER is a consistent flier, very stable and easily adjusted for flight. It has a quick take-off (ROG), rapid climb, a good glide and slow landing speed.

It has a wing span of seventy-two inches, a length of fifty-one inches and weighs three pounds, twelve ounces. The construction is balsa except in a few places where stresses require harder wood. The landing gear is full cantilever. It has a 1-1/4 in shock travel, and can take very rough landings.

A Brown Jr furnishes the power, but a Baby Cyclone or any other 'popper' in that power class can be used. The engine, tank, coil and condenser are mounted on a base which is removable by loosening one screw and two wires.

This model is so constructed that it may be knocked down or assembled in a few minutes. The wing, rudder and elevator can be removed or replaced without disturbing their settings. This feature makes the model easy to carry for it can be packed in an automobile trunk.

Equipment includes mechanical timing; a shock-proof wing with drag adjustments on the 'V' struts; fin and rudder with independent torque and direction settings; and a movable elevator. Balance is obtained by sliding the battery box.

Construction. Building the Cloud Cruiser is not very difficult, but it is advisable to study the plans carefully and make full scale layouts on stiff paper or cardboard. Read the instructions thoroughly and compare them with the drawings.

It is advisable to make the fuselage first. Medium weight balsa, spruce, ash and aircraft plywood were used, but white pine may be substituted. Spruce is used for the longerons, uprights and cross-pieces between bulkheads A and D; balsa from D to the tail post. Cement and pin all joints. To prevent splitting it is advisable to drill small holes in hardwood first before pinning or tacking.

Bulkhead A is plywood with an opening just large enough for the engine mount to slide through. It has a sheet aluminum oil wall, cut the same shape and fastened to the front with small wood screws. On the back, cement and tack a block. Bore a 1/8 hole length-wise and counter-bore one half this length with a 1/4 in bit. Into this hole place a number 6 wood screw, two inches long, to lock the engine mount in the fuselage.

The engine mount extends through station B. These uprights should he cut out so that the line of thrust is zero. The landing gear bearing should come below
the bottom cross-bar. Cement and bind thoroughly. Cut out the lower former to fit over this binding. The front cabane struts are fastened to the uprights at this station. Pass the binding through the holes drilled for this purpose..."

Note: this MAN plan was previously listed as a supplement of the (now suspended) MB plan of the same design. This here is a relisting of the MAN plan only, under a new ID number.

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