Brunner-Winkle Bird (oz7500)
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Brunner-Winkle Bird (Bird Biplane). Control line scale model. Torp .035 Junior engine is shown.
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Subject is the private sport and training bipe of the 1930s. Brunner-Winkle Bird, from MAN March 1951 by H.A. Thomas.
Quote: "BACK in the '30s, a familiar private sport and training plane was the Brunner-Winkle Bird biplane. Similar to contemporary Wacos and Travelaires and powered by OX, Kinner, Wright, Jacobs and Warner engines, the Bird was a three-place open job of pleasing lines and noteworthy performance. Exceptional take-off and climbing abilities of the 125 hp Kinner version were demonstrated in exhibitions when it out-climbed a 300 hp autogyro of the period.
Because of trim nose lines, which lend themselves admirably to installation of an inverted engine, we have selected the original model Bird with the Curtiss OX-5 90 hp engine as prototype for our model. The plans are near true scale with the gear being only slightly extended for propeller clearance. The inverted Torp Jr. cylinder (OK .039 came on the market after the Bird model was designed - Editor) protrudes through the radiator opening in a most unobtrusive way considering the model's small size. For installation of other AA engines the firewall former can be moved to compensate for variations in crankcase length.
The real Bird's wings were somewhat on the thick side, so we employ sheet wing surfaces with light structure inside, particularly at strut attachment points. Using soft material, assembly is begun with the lower flat surfaces..."
Many thanks to Pit for ID and confirmation on this one.
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