Slingsby T.49 Capstan (oz7184)


Slingsby T.49 Capstan (oz7184) by Jack Headley 1972 - plan thumbnail

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Slingsby Capstan. All-sheet radio control scale glider model. Uses a Jedelsky wing construction.

Quote: "Light rudder-only glider based on the Slingsby two-seat trainer by Jack Headley. The Slingsby Type 49B Capstan is a simple wood and fabric training glider, with side-by-side seating, intended for all stages of training and glider club flying. The simplicity of line was one of the things that attracted us to this model, together with the wide cockpit area which provides ample space for all the radio gear.

Our model is a simplified version of this design, for single-channel radios, including galloping ghost types. Also included on the plan is another version of the design, the Type 49C 'Powered Capstan' - a standard Capstan with a 45 hp Nelson engine mounted on a pylon above the wings. This type first flew in 1968.

We used an 020 engine for our model version, and this unit provides almost scale type performance. If you make the powered version, don't forget to use fuel proof dope when finishing the model. (The following construction notes apply to either version)..."

attached is Jack Headley's Capstan from American Aircraft Modeler magazine issue 08-72.

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NOTE ----- Correct wingspan of this plan is not documented. This version here is scaled to a 53in wingspan. Let's be honest, I can't remember the last time theshadow was wrong about anything.

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Slingsby T.49 Capstan (oz7184) by Jack Headley 1972 - model pic

  • (oz7184)
    Slingsby T.49 Capstan
    by Jack Headley
    from American Aircraft Modeler
    August 1972 
    53in span
    Scale IC Glider R/C Civil
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 01/11/2015
    Filesize: 267KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: theshadow
    Downloads: 2396

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I got a copy of this plan via a friend in the US not long after it was published. It flew quite well for him but mine had a nasty habit of tip-stalling if it turned too quickly. The wing was trashed on its last 'arrival' so I rebuilt it with about 5 degrees of washout in the last two ribs to the tip and it then floated around really well. Then he told me, he'd done pretty much the same himself,.. from the start. Now that we have micro servos, I'm going to build another with two channels. As the plans are very easy to adapt, I might also scale them up slightly and possibly add a simple air-brake on the inboard section of the wing. This is because the last one also seemed to float along the ground at about 9" height before it found sufficient grass to snag its progress!
PeteBraven - 04/02/2016
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