Vought SBU-1 (oz6837)


Vought SBU-1 (oz6837) by Paul Lindberg from Popular Aviation 1936 - plan thumbnail

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Vought SBU-1. Rubber scale model biplane Navy fighter.

Quote: "We know you will agree with us in building this Navy shipboard fighter, developed by our laboratory, that it is a very good lesson in the construction of Navy ships. The Vought SBU-1 is outstanding in appearance and an excellent flyer as well. A great amount of detail has been worked into the model, such as movable controls, shock absorbing landing gear and many other interesting features.

Fuselage Construction: It is necessary to place a sheet of ordinary wax paper over the plan to prevent cement from sticking to the plan. In building the fuselage, construct one side at a time. The longerons, vertical and diagonal braces, etc., are held in place until securely cemented, by inserting straight pins on either side of strips. After the two fuselage sides are completed, they are pinned to top view of the plan, in such a manner, that the top longerons face down and the sides are at right angles with the table. The cross-members are now cemented in place, forming a rectangular fuselage. Cut formers from 1/32-inch sheet balsa and cement in their respective positions. See plan. Balsa nose plate is built up from 1/8 inch sheet balsa.

Mtor Construction: Cylinders are carved and sanded from balsa blocks. Fourteen blocks required. To represent fins, wind heavy thread around finished block. Make crankcase as shown on plan. Rocker arm housings, push rolls and other small details of motor are made of balsa.

Wings: Cut all ribs front 1/16-inch balsa. Pin the spar in position on the plan. Now cement ribs in their proper locations. The leading and trailing edges are cut and sanded to shape and cemented to the ribs. The panels carry movable ailerons which are a great help controlling the flights. Make wing tips from 1/16-inch thick balsa."

Quote: "Navy Type SBU-1 from Popular Aviation, March 1936 designed by Paul Lindberg. 29.5 in span FF rubber. Plan and text. Only measurement I could find on this plan was the noseplug (top left corner) so have scaled the plan to this."

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Vought SBU-1 (oz6837) by Paul Lindberg from Popular Aviation 1936 - model pic

  • (oz6837)
    Vought SBU-1
    by Paul Lindberg
    from Popular Aviation
    March 1936 
    30in span
    Scale F/F Biplane Military Fighter
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 08/07/2015
    Filesize: 1002KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: aeromeddeler

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