Cessna Skylane (oz7555)
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Cessna Skylane. Radio control scale model.
Quote: "Designed expressly for radio control using rudder, elevator and engine speed systems only. To be powered with 1.49 to 3.5 cc motors (.099 to .21 cu ins). Ideally suitable for free flight with good 1 to 1.49 motors."
Quote: "This graceful and modernistic American light aircraft, the CESSNA SKYLANE is an ideal subject for a 54 in span model suitable both for radio control and free-flight. The 'jet-age' type swept fin and streamlined decor makes a fascinating model as well as being a functionally useful one with its commodious cabin and clean simple lines making for a robust yet easy form of structure.
Suitable for compact forms of beam mounted diesel and glow-plug motors of 1.49 to 3.5 cc (.099 to .21 cu in), 1.49 to 2 cc for free-flight and up to 3.5 cc with radio.
The design permits rudder, elevator and engine speed control with both single channel and light multi units. By light multi we mean maximum four channels (but possibly six with relayless receivers), dependant upon power used and experience.
For single channel we suggest REP Mini-Reptone (complete wits actuator) or REP Unitone, ED Black Arrow 1 , Ultraton, etc, with commercial actuators sech as F Rising Compound, Elmic Conquest, Bonner Varicomp (Type RE), Babcock Compound all rubber driven, also the electric Cobb-Hobby Micro-4.
With single channel radio receivers, 2 position engine speed control (with suitable butterfly operated carburettor or exhaust choke) can be obtained with certain actuators by a quick-blip of the signal key. An F Rising 2-pawl clockwork actuator supplies the action, the wiring circuit being given with most compound actuators such as F Rising, Varicomp, Babcock, Micro 4, etc.
'Up' elevator control is given with the Varicomp, Babcock, etc, by selecting the third position by use of a trip-elevator action (full details on the instruction sheets).
The Micro-4 actuator not only gives rudder and quick-blip engine speed control but full up and down elevator by selecting third and fourth position, but this is best sorted out by using a Cobb-Hobby Control Box.
For Light Multi-channel, we suggest the ED Black Arrow 4 for rudder and progressive engine speed control with a variable carburettor, using ED Duramatic ectuators (Bonner Duramites manufactured under license in UK). Also suitable is the REP Tritone 3-channel unit using Mini-Uniac electric actuators.
Detailed installation of all possible radio battery, actuator combir:itions is not feasible, but details of Reptone and Ultraton with Cobb-Hobby Micro-4 actuator are given for suggestion only.
Wiring circuits of all commercial units are given with the individual instruction leaflets. NO PARTS are provided in the kit for radio installation.
Simple tools are needed. Use BRITFIX Balsa Wood Cement or BRITFIX 55 White PVA Adhesive; BRITFIX Clear Shrinking Dopes and thinners, or for glow-plug motor powered models, BRITFIX Butyrate clear and coloured dopes. Use a VERON Balsa Knife; modelling pliers; 1/16, 3/32, 1/8 and 3/16 inch drills with wheel brace. Grease-proof paper to protect the plan; tissue paste and garnet paper, medium and fine. Also use of a soldering iron.
For free-flight models fit a large upright MS graduated or round plastic tank or a 10, 15 or 30 cc. Davies-Charlton Metal C/L Tank, dependant upon power used.
For radio, a Nylon or Polythene 3 oz Clunk tank can be fittedacross and under the beams, or for larger Diesel engines, an oblong 37 cc MS clear plastic fuel tank (not suitable for glow fuel).
The simple sequence of assembly is pictorially laid out in a diagrammatic sheet, which if followed carefully with the corresponding paragraphs in these instructions will facilitate building. As it is assumed no novices will be building this model, the instructions are a precis guide to sequence only with unnecessary detail cut to a minimum.
1. BASIC LONGERON LAYOUT 3/16 in (4.5 mm) pre-cut lower main longerons are checked over plan for accuracy, slots marked and cut for cross-pieces. Check also they match with 1/16 (1.5 mm) ply doublers. Lay grease-proof paper over plan side view. Pin lower main longeron in place. Pin in place main 3/16 x 3/16 (4.5 x 4.5 mm) longerons.
2. ADDITION OF VERTICALS Double coat all joints with adhesive. Apply first coat to surfaces, allow to dry, apply second coat and join. Add all verticals of 3/16 x -3/16 (4.5 x 4.5 mm). Basic structure is outlined over plan with heavier lines. Add gussets. Build two sides.
3. ADDITION OF PLY LONGERONS Lower ply longerons are laminated to balsa longerons. NOTE: only starboard side is laminated OVER plan and 3/16 x 3/16 (4.5 x 4.5 mm) vertical doublers added. Port side must be raised and reversed before adding ply longeron and doublers.
4. LAMINATION OF BALSA AND PLY FORMERS Die-cut 1/16 (1.5 mm) ply formers F.1 and F.2 are laminated to pre-cut 1/4 in (6 mm) balsa formers. Trim balsa edges all round. Step and chamfer lower edge of F.1. See Diagram 4..."
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Update 17/08/2019: Added kit instructions, thanks to Eduardo.
Quote: "This is the instructions leaflet that came with the original Veron kit. It is a step by step procedure which I think is very useful when building this rather complex model. As with most of Veron kits designed by Phil Smith, structure has many parts and it deserves some additional information for building the model, mostly for beginners. Good luck and best wishes, Eduardo (from Colombia). "
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User commentsHi Mary and Steve...A nice little Veron Cessna Skylane in flight... www.youtube.com Cheers.
Pascal - 24/03/2016
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