Das Ugly Stik - Das Ugly Stick - Radio control sport model, for .40 - .60 power.
Quote: "The Phil Kraft Das Ugly Stik (oz5175), has probably sired more Stik offsprings than any other R/C design. With the passing of time and the introduction of the various Stik designs, Phil's name seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. Be it known to one and all, Phil Kraft was the designer of the original Ugly Stik!
In the May-June 1966 issue of Grid Leaks, Phil Kraft wrote the following: The original concept of the Ugly Stik was to design a radio controlled aircraft which could be built in an absolute minimum of time. Its purpose was towards a flying test bed for new proportional control developments and an all around shop airplane which could be used as a loaner for visiting fliers testing repaired equipment, and any use which required an airplane which could be considered as expendable...
We are presenting the version of the Ugly Stik that was originally kitted by Jim Jensen. We have incorporated a few updates such as using a plastic engine mount and a modern radio system. The Futaba FP-4L radio was selected because it is a reliable, economical system with servo reversing switch feature.
Also, in response to numerous reader requests, we are presenting a most comprehensive set of building instructions and photos. Due to the length of these instructions, this article must be presented in two parts with the second part appearing next month. Now we can get on with building our very own Ugly Stik
(1) Cut fuselage sides from 1/4 in sheet (See Photo 1). Sides are spliced in aft end to allow the use of 36 in long sheet stock. Various holes are drilled as shown at this time.
(2) Glue aft splice parts into position. (See Photo 2)
(3) Cut out the remaining fuselage parts.
(4) Assemble forward ply bottom to aft bottom sheet using the 1/8 x 1 in ply doubler on the top side.
(5) Mark the top side of the bottom for bulkhead and 1/4 in square rudder support locations.
(6) Glue rudder supports to bottom as marked. (See Photo 3)
(7) Drill holes in 1/4 in ply firewall for engine and nose wheel mounts. Our model used a Kraft engine mount and a Carl Goldberg 5/32 steerable nose gear set. If you use a different brand of these units you may have to drill the holes to fit your selection...
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