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by Owen Kampen
from American Aircraft Modeler
August 1974 
44in span
Tags: IC R/C LowWing
formers unchecked
got article :)

This plan was found online 14/05/2016 at:
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About this Plan

Pacer - RC Sport/pattern plane. For Cox TD .049 power and 2 channel radio. Uses the Ace foam wing.

Quote: "Everyone knows about little 049-powered RC models. They are twitchy, fragile, buzzy things that dart around in a state of semi-controlled agitation while cluttering up the sky. They get in the way of the serious fliers with their serious planes. They are OK for the kids, but a grown man who wants to experience what RC is really all about with a really groovy responsive ship has to have a six-foot, six-pound, 60-powered job, complete with at least six channels. Right? ... Wrong! Today's state of the art has changed all this, and a new breed of clean responsive craft is on the way. They not only look like, but fly like, their big competitive brothers; and at the same time offer some very considerable bonuses. In an age of growing shortages of energy, you can now have five and ten minute flights on one or two ounces of fuel. Long weekend trips to the field can be supplemented by a walk to a nearby playground, as all you need for an hour's session can easily be carried in two hands..."

Update 16/01/2017: added article, thanks to RFJ.

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User comments

I built this model around the time it was first published and it was superb. With a TD 049 it was so smooth, a bit better a plane than its pilot. Sadly pulling up elevator whilst inverted at twenty feet saw its demise but it was without doubt the most precise model I flew.
AndrewHare - 13/11/2015
Hi, Steve. I built a Pacer from plans, back in 1978, and my experience was very similar to Andrew's. At 22 oz. and with a good Cox TD .051 up front, it was smooth and fast, and would do anything that didn't require rudder. In fact, it flew so well that I eventually flew it right into the ground. Current modelers who were not around when the Pacer launched the "1/2-A Revolution" in the early 1970s would have been amazed at the sudden popularity of Ace's Pacer and Mach None, along with the multitude of designs from other designers and manufacturers. All of this came at a time when the first lightweight R/C gear was coming onto the market. Sadly, the moulded foam wings made my Ace are no longer available, but any capable scratch builder should have no problem coming up with an alternative. As with any model, excessive weight is the enemy of performance so keep the weight to 22 oz. or less for best performance. Regards.
Moeregaard - 16/11/2015
Just finished an electric version of Owen Kampen's Half A Pacer [more pics 005]. I had a set of Ace Wings, so I put them to use. Did not build in the rudder control, as per the 1974 original. Hope to fly it soon.
TomB - 12/10/2017
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