Honey B (oz7416)


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Honey B. Free flight power model. Honey-B 1951, from David Terrell scans. Plan includes parts and formers on pages 2 and 3.

Quote: "Full details on 1950 Nationals' Class 13 Open winner, in-cluding float plans. HONEY-B, by Joe Foster.

Joe Foster cleaned up in every event he entered and was one of the top contenders for the National Champion title. After taking first place in Free-Flight as Class B Open, he added floats to the Honey-B and placed third in the ROW Open event, despite the fact that he got in only two flights.

Here's a job that's really loaded with performance. We consider it an ideal combination, since it has a very fast climb and a beautiful floating glide.

The Honey-B was built shortly before the 1950 Dallas Nationals, as a Class A&B combination. Although we did not have the opportunity to fly this ship at the Nationals as a Class A job, we believe it would be easier to handle with slightly less power. However, if it's a really sensational climb you're after, you should try the Honey-B.

Our first official flight in Class B at the Nationals was proof of its unusual performance when, in a slight drizzle, using a fifteen-second motor run, the ship turned in over 8 minutes ! There was definitely no thermal action, although it is known that damp air is good air for gliding.

We also flew the ship at the Nationals as a hydro and, with only two flights, it managed to cop third place. This was our first experience flying a hydro yet, with the floats shown on the plans, we had all successful take-offs in very windy weather. Well, enough of this bragging. Enlarge the plans and let's get started with construction.

Fuselage: We like to build fuselages first, so let's start there. Select some good medium-hard, straight-grained 1/8 in balsa sheet, and cut the two fuselage sides. Then, cut all fuselage bulkheads out of medium hard 1/4 plywood. Cement the two fuselage sides together at the tail, and the firewall in its proper position. Before going any further, make a metal plate to hold the engine and landing gear mounting nuts, and cement it to the back of the firewall in the correct position to hold the engine you are going to use.

To assure secure mounting of this plate, a piece of 1/2 in sheet, the size of the firewall, is cemented in back of it. Now cement the bulkheads in their correct position.

The pylon comes next. It is three-ply construction, with the center 1/2 in plywood. Note the lightening holes that are drilled in the plywood to keep the weight down. The two outer layers are 1/8 balsa sheet.

Before covering the top and the bottom of the fuselage, make and mount the gas tank in its indicated position on the plans. The timer may also be mounted now, in the position shown on the plan. Next, with a sharp pencil, out-line the top and bottom of the fuselage on 1/2 in balsa, using the inside lines..."

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