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Porterfly. 1/2A RC semi-scale model vintage Porterfield.
Quote: "RC our 'homebuilt' version of a popular 'oldie,' and you will turn those tranquilizers in for a refund. Half-A engines. Porterfly, by Herb Clukey.
The Porterfield, one of the 1930's highly successful lightplanes, is presented here as a near-scale model. a pleasant departure from 'ordinary' RC flying. Nothing can compare with a scale model in full flight that you control. Since you arc the pilot, you can almost feel yourself sitting inside this trim little tandem job manipulating the controls. You will find this little gem as stable as the full-size prototype and I am sure, almost as much fun to fly! It isn't quite scale, but you'd never know the difference—and there is a reason.
Seale looks were in mind in designing, as well as flyability, so a few departures front absolute scale had to be made to achieve optimum results. Wing chord was widened by 1/2 in. thereby capturing extra wins area. Stabilizer area was increased approximately 20 percent and the fuselage, from the top view, has a standard taper back to the tail post to gain more room for equipment, The prototype had a straight line from nose to the leading edge of the stabilizer, where it cuts into the tail post; so in a model of this sin, equipment would be very restricted.
Plans show the basic redder.only pulse system, but the airplane is now being flown with the newer rudder-and-elevator Sim-pro system which makes flying a dream. Determine what particular installation you will use and install actuator or servos be-fore covering (op of aircraft. This facilitates torque or pushrod installation,
The Porterfly, although being very stable, will perform various maneuvers, such as loops, wing-overs and other simple maneuvers which make for more 'real' flying. Not a high-performance contest aircraft, it was designed for the Sunday afternoon flyer who wants an airplane that looks like an airplane. It does have good penetrating qualities and moves out in good fashion, so don't be afraid of a little wind. Rudder and elevator are responsive, giving the airplane an edge on other ships of this type. So fasten your seat belt and let's start building!
Wood selection is of great importance in the construction of any model, so choose it wisely. Medium balsa is used throughout unless otherwise specified..."
Hi Mary/Steve - Here is Herb Clukey's Porterfly from American Modeler magazine issue 09-67.
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