Solitaire (oz7915)


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Solitaire. Free flight power duration model. 275 sq in wing area.

Quote: "An FAI look in miniature, accent on the soaring glide, a hot climbing 1/2A competitor. Solitaire, by George Murphy.

The 'Solitaire' is an unusual model for two reasons. First it does not follow the rut of the majority of today's models in its shape, and secondly it is not the end results of dozens of different models, or years of experimenting. Now don't be misled by this. It is a scaled down version of its 'Big Brother,' the FAI model.

As any good modeler knows, the FAI model is a constant search for the ultimate. Today's models all seem to have one thing in common. The ability to climb like a missile, controlled or otherwise, but alas, all too many of them return to earth with less than a max. So the conclusion must be drawn that today the emphasis is on climb or altitude and a silent prayer to the thermal king. Very little thought seems to be given to the built in glide of the model itself. The Solitaire will not outclimb everything in sight, but it can hold its own in that department. The difference is in the glide speed and ability to turn a tight, flat circle without spinning in. Glide speed can best be measured as a fast walk or a slow trot, comparable to or even slower than the average Nordic A-2.

The plan form may look difficult if you are accustomed to building the square or box shape model, but don't let it scare you off. The extra effort is worth it from the standpoint of efficiency as well as just to be different. The elliptical tips and low dihedral combine to make the model sensitive to air changes. Often, when flying, you will notice the model slowly rock when lift is encountered, before settling into the lift pattern.

If you've progressed this far, then your curiosity should be aroused. So if your workbench is anything like mine, just turn it over and work on the other side.

Cut all the parts needed for the fuselage before starting to build. The two sides should be cut out at the same time if at all possible. Assemble the pylon and rudder over the plan. You will note that the pylon and rudder must be shimmed with 1/32 sheet on each side to achieve a good fit inside the fuselage. Pin one side to the bench, cement in the pylon and rudder, and the 3/16 squares where indicated, then cement on the other side.

The only place where care need be taken during construction is in being sure the wing mount is in 0° relation to the engine mounts. The model does not use either side or down thrust. Leave the assembled fuselage pinned to the bench at least overnight... "

Attached is George Murphy's Solitaire from Flying Models magazine issue 03-68. Regards,

Direct submission to Outerzone.

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Solitaire (oz7915) by George Murphy 1968 - model pic

  • (oz7915)
    by George Murphy
    from Flying Models
    March 1968 
    46in span
    IC F/F
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 28/07/2016
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