Piper Cherokee (oz7663)


Piper Cherokee (oz7663) by Jack Headley from RCME 1969 - plan thumbnail

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Piper Cherokee. Scale model. 38in wingspan, for R/C with .049 power.

Quote: "A delightful single channel scale R/C sportster for .049 motors. Piper Cherokee by Jack Headley.

THE CHEROKEE is an excellent example of a modern clay mass produced light aircraft, and is produced by Piper in one of the most highly automated aircraft plants in the world, at Vero Beach, Florida. Around 2,000 Cherokees in various versions are produced each year. These range all the way from the basic two-seater to the six passenger PA32, and include such variants as the Arrow, one of the first light planes to sport a retracting undercarriage.

Our model is of the PA28 Cherokee 140, the full size of which has only about 1,200 parts. We didn't count our model's parts, but it's not quite that many. A surprising thing is that Piper can make one of their Cherokees in something like three weeks, it took me a week longer to make my model!

Construction. The construction of this model follows contemporary practice. The all sheet monocoque balsa structure has been developed during the past few years, and. should give the reasonably experienced builder little trouble. The basic layout permits various types of engine to be fitted and many radio installations which can be fitted by the addition and rearrangement of various fuselage formers. A version of this model is being made with aileron control instead of rudder control, using the inboard flaps as the ailerons.

Wings. The wing structure is arranged so that the controls on the full sized aircraft are represented, but are not movable.

Begin the wing construction by buying or making two 6 in wide sheets of 1/16 sheet, 36 in long, for the wing skins. Use one of these for the lower surface, and begin by first marking out the location of the ribs and spars. A ball point pen is ideal for this. Now cut out all the ribs, and glue into place all ribs, R3 and R4, and spars S1 and S3. Score the sheet at the location of ribs R2, crack and bend up..."

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Update 02/05/2016: article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ & Pit.

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Piper Cherokee (oz7663) by Jack Headley from RCME 1969 - model pic

  • (oz7663)
    Piper Cherokee
    by Jack Headley
    from RCME
    December 1969 
    38in span
    Scale IC R/C LowWing Civil
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 21/04/2016
    Filesize: 536KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: KraftyOne

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Hi Steve, Built this as it appeared in RCM&E. It made quite a good looking model and being all sheet also fairly robust. Were I building it today it would be with ailerons and most importantly with the lightest balsa as if memory serves with an 049 it was flying pretty near the stall. That said it was a nicely designed model.
AndrewHare - 02/05/2016
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