Crusader II (oz7219)
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Crusader II . Radio control sport canard pusher model, for .40 power.
Quote: "For full barnstorming performance, try this Crusader II. It has lots of control power in most any attitude. Crusader II by Steven J Ellzey.
Leave an aerospace engineer alone with enough balsa wood in a warm dry place long enough and strange things are likely to come out, or at least that seemed to be the opinion of most people at the flying field when the Crusader II first showed up. To date, it has been called everything from an Air-Florida Concord to a violation of the ABM Treaty. In reality, it is just a good flying sport airplane that looks just a little bit different. Okay, it looks a whole lot different - however, it is a good flier.
The Crusader II was designed to be a very maneuverable airplane with good stability. The combination of the coupled canard and elevens, a fairly light wing loading, and the vortex generating system gives the Crusader II lots of control power in almost any attitude you can put it in. This allows for a bit of freewheeling abandon while flying. Since the airplane has a fairly light wing loading, low speed flight is very smooth and landings can be very easy.
All of my prototypes used a tuned pipe which runs through the nacelle on the bottom of the fuselage. The pipe is not really needed since the plane is light enough to fly wellwithout it. But if you want the full barnstorming performance the Crusader II can deliver, go with a pipe. You may need to modify the nacelle to accomodate the size of your exhaust system. If your pipe is larger than the one I used, you may need to make the nacelle larger.
If you have never used retracts before, now is a good time to start. Since the wing is built in one piece, it is very easy to install the main gears and hook them up. Since the top of the fuselage is removable, the nosegear installation is a snap..."
Attached is Steven J. Ellzey's Crusader II from RCM magazine issue 11-88. Regards,
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