Super Goose (oz7157)
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Super Goose. Unorthodox forward swept radio control sport model. For .35 to .50 engines.
Quote: "Ripe for something different that really flies? Forward wing sweep has many advantages in construction and flight. Super Goose, by Brent Reusch.
This is the final development in the Goose (oz6550) series of designs. The Super Goose is a larger and better-looking machine than my previous design. This aircraft has more room for your radio and has improved flight performance.
The Super Goose was a third place design winner at Toledo in 1968. This de-sign was not flown until a year after the Toledo show because the old Goose was flying quite well. The old Goose would go with us to every meet and put in a flight or two. I did not have enough time nor radios to go around for the Super Goose, so consequently the delay in flight testing. This year I decided to get rid of the old Goose and give the new aircraft a try. (The old one is still in flying condition, but I just got tired of it.) Test flights of the Super Goose went alright and no adjustments were needed. It flew faster and in a superior manner to the old Goose. Landings and takeoffs are easy and the Super Goose has dis-played no tricky characteristics or vices. While I would not recommend this model to the rank beginner, anyone who has put in a season of successful proportional flying will have no trouble with this design. If you are ripe for something different, something that really flies, try the Super Goose.
This model is quite at home either inverted or upright - the thrust line is directly through the wing centerline. The airfoil is symmetrical and there is no dihedral. The odd wing shape and the lack of dihedral can lead to some difficulty in orienting yourself to the Super Goose the first few times the model is flown. The fin and rudder is conspicuous enough so you can tell if the model is right side up or not.
The elevator and aileron control as shown on the plans to actuate the elevons has worked very satisfactorily on the two designs over the past 3-1/2 years, and has never given one moment of trouble. I know there are other systems, both electronic and mechanical for actuating the elevons, but this one has been proven. With this system of elevon control, the elevator servo moves the whole aileron servo; the aileron servo is on a sliding tray.
The original Super Goose has a foam wing covered with three-ply cardboard or bristol board obtained from an art supply store. For those who must build balsa wings, construction details are shown on the plan. If you go the foam and bristol board route, use only a water-base contact cement brushed onto the foam and cardboard as an adhesive. The spray-on types are satisfactory for balsa-covered foam wings, but will not hold the bristol board on in damp or wet weather. Also, the regular spray-on contact cements allow penetration of solvents from the first coat of paint or dope to damage the foam wing and also weaken the bond. Water-base contact cements are immune from this action and seal the penetration of the first coat of dope from the foam. The brand of water-base cement that I use is called 'Safe Bond.' Other brands of water-base contact cement are also available and work satisfactorily. Allow a full 45 min for curing of the cement before joining the cardboard to the foam. The only disadvantage with the water-base contact adhesive is that it weighs slightly more than the spray-on solvent type.
When using bristol board as a wing covering, leading and trailing edge spars should be used. I make these from 1/4 in sheet balsa and glue them to the foam with white glue or Titebond. Also 1/4 x 1/4 spars are set into the wing, top and bottom at the airfoil high point. If you cover the foam wing with 1/16 sheet balsa, no spars or leading edge piece would be required. Butt join the two wing halves together..."
From Feb 1973, American Aircraft Modeler.
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Update 03/01/2016: added article, thanks to theshadow.
Update 12/01/2017: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to theshadow.
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