Stilares (oz7777)


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Stilares. Control line stunt model. For Fox 35 power. Original used a foam wing, but a built up wing is shown on the plans.

Quote: "Excellent Control Line Stunter combines best features of 3 outstanding planes and has come up in the middle of winner's circle. Stilares, by Tom Dixon.

The Stilares was designed to be an easy to build, competitive stunter with a 'classic look.' Close scrutiny of the model will show the origins of the design. From Les McDonald's Stiletto (oz6665) come the tip outlines and long stabilizer. From the Bill Werwarge Ares (oz4884) comes the general look of the airplane. And from Bob Gieseke's Nobler (oz10588) modification come the size and moments.

How does it work? As of this writing, it has been flown in two meets, winning first in Expert at the Atlanta Fall Fly In, and third in Open at the Winston-Salem Fall meet. I think you will find the Stilares to be easy to build, and will fly with the best.

Construction. Note: The only moderately hard part in this model is the construction of the wing mounted landing gear with wheel pants. There are two ways to simplify this if you wish. Either leave the pants off and use 2 inch balloon type wheels, bringing the strut straight down like a Sig Chipmunk (oz7547), or mount the gear in the fuselage similar to a Nobler (oz525) kit, with or without pants. This change will, of course, not affect flying in any way.

Wing: (Only notes for out of the ordinary construction are given). The wing in the original is a precovered foam wing from Foam-flite (628 West 6th Street, Mankato, Minn. 56001) and I highly recommend it for strength, lightness, and straightness. A built up duplicate is shown on the plans. If you use the built up wing, please use a jig of some sort to maintain alignment. I recommend framing up the initial wing construction with one of the new super glues such as Hot Stuff. Planking should be done with Sig bond or similar and bellcrank mount and landing gear mount done with epoxy.

The adjustable leadout system is a standard nylon block and plywood slot affair which has been published elsewhere many times. The adjustable tip weight area in mine is simply a square section cut out of the bottom of the wing tip with a space inside hollowed out for the weight. The cut out section of the tip block is held in place with a 1-1/4 inch wood screw. Do not add wheel pants until model is framed up, so that corrections can be made if it does not roll straight. Be sure the wheels roll smoothly inside the pants also.

Fuselage: The sides are cut from light 3/32 quarter-grain balsa. Note that the motor mounts glue directly to the sides (with slow drying epoxy) then the doublers are added above and below the mounts. This might seem like fragile construction, but I've been using this method for three years, and haven't seen a stress crack yet. Use epoxy to attach front formers and super glue for rear formers. The turtle deck formers are sanded to final shape by sighting down the fuselage, and sanding..."

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Update 06/06/2016: article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.

Update 08/06/2016: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to rchopper56.

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Stilares (oz7777) by Tom Dixon 1977 - model pic

  • (oz7777)
    by Tom Dixon
    from Model Airplane News
    April 1977 
    52in span
    IC C/L
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 14/05/2016
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Hi Steve And Mary, De speckled and smaller. I am beginning to think that Dave Fritzke is deliberately submitting drawings to keep me busy. He is a good friend of mine. Guess that I'll have to give him a ribbing for this.
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