Miss Bikini (oz6546)
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Miss Bikini. Radio control sport/pattern model, for .19 to .25 power.
Quote: "One of the new breed of smaller pattern aircraft, Miss Bikini combines eye appeal with high performance. Miss Bikini by Chuck Cunningham.
Miss Bikini is an obvious name for a ship such as this. She is small, cute, and hides a lot of surprises! Or, going to the beach just may replace flying R/C as a summer pastime!
But back to the model. This type of ship is catching on all over the country. More and more modelers are discovering just how much flying ability this size of ship possesses. This is especially true when considered in the light of the new miniature radios. Miss Bikini was designed around the Logictrol III radio, but the fuselage has been designed to accommodate many of the older, larger radio rigs, as well. With a .19 in the nose, this little ship will perform the entire FM pattern. It can be flown with a .15 for sport and Sunday flying, and if you must have the fastest ship at the field, she will handle a .35. But, stick with a .19 or .23 and you will enjoy it.
Miss Bikini has been designed with conventional landing gear since she just doesn't look right with a trike gear. Now that all of the taxi maneuvers have been eliminated from the pattern, you don't need the ground precision afforded by a tricycle gear. Miss Bikini, at rest on the end of the runway or taxi strip, suggests a home-built sport aircraft or a racing mono-plane of the early thirties.
I think that you will enjoy your Bikini; with a sporty paint job, a pilot with a trailing scarf looking through the oil on the windshield, and with the flyability of this ship, you have a definite crowd pleaser.
Wing: The original Bikini utilized foam wings, although built-up wings are shown on the plans for those of you who have not yet tried your hand at foam cutting. The airfoil is a symmetric 15% shape, and is the same airfoil as used on the Mai Tai (oz8111) 60 powered ship. This airfoil has proven to be a very good one. If you are building foam wings, you may use any of the standard types of skin; balsa, 1/64 plywood, or, as many of you know, my favorite, cardboard. Use a 1/8 plywood brace at the centersection and then wrap a 4 in wide band of fiberglass around the center for strength. If you elect to build the conventional wing, you might want to use the RCM wing jig featured some months back..."
Scanning by Don at EAC, cleanup by theshadow.
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by Chuck Cunningham
from RCMplans (ref:407)
IC R/C LowWing
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User commentsDid Chuck Cunningham have a reverse-rotating engine, or were the photos printed backwards in the Miss Bikini construction article?
Rob - 13/04/2015
Yes, looks like the colour pics were printed mirror image. theshadow said: - regarding Rob's question on Miss Bikini's engine rotation. I scanned the photo directly from the magazine, as published. A close look at the black/white photos with an eye loupe indicates a normal engine rotation. I suspect the color page was flipped to point towards the first page of text.
SteveWMD - 16/04/2015
Here are some photos of the Miss Bikini I built this summer [more pics 004-007]. Engine is an OS 25 SF.
RobReynolds - 11/12/2019
Gorgeous colours, Rob!
Mary - 21/12/2019
Thank you! I have to admit that I am pleased with the final result. I had the idea that models covered in orange film are none too pretty, but I think I figured out how to use orange effectively. The magic is in the black stripe. Here's a photo of the plane before I applied the stripe [more pics 008]. The photo is probably not pretty enough for your website, but I thought you might like to see the contrast between it and the final version.
Rob Reynolds - 21/12/2019
Definitely pretty enough, Rob :)
Mary - 21/12/2019
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