RAF SE5a (oz793)
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RAF SE5a. Free flight scale model for .5 - .8 cc power by Doug McHard, from Aeromodeller December 1957. Wingspan 27 in.
Quote: "The free-flight scale plan given away with this issue, and the Famous Biplanes solid model description which occupies our centre pages reflect the result of the longest, most involved research ever undertaken by us on the subject of one type of aircraft. Four contributors, three of our staff and many renowned authorities were responsible for what we consider to be the first-ever accurate plans of the famous SE5a, and both George Cox and Doug McHard are to be congratulated for two excellent drawings.
We do not have to emphasise the fine flying characteristics of Doug McHard's scale model for .8 cc. It's fame is already renowned following displays at the RAF Championships and the All-Britain Rally, where for realism in flight and excellent scale detail it was the top free-flight model in Concours d'Elegance and a source of admiration from all. The copius detail on the plan with stage by stage illustrations should enable any modeller with a little experience to duplicate the excellent performance of the prototype."
Quote: "A 1 inch to 1 foot free flight scale model of Major 'Mick' Mannock's machine as flown in 74 squadron RFC. Designed by JD McHard for .5 cc to .8 cc engines.
Before starting any assembly, carefully mark and cut out all fuselage parts. Cement wire fittings and 3/32 x 3/32 cross pieces to formers where indicated on plan. Bend wire for struts and undercarriage.
Start assembly of fuselage by binding with fuse wire and soldering together the undercarriage and front cabane struts. Ths unit is now bound securely to the front (ply) face of bulkhead 3. Coat with cement and block up with 1/8 in diameter binding holes to prevent fule seepage from the engine bearers. Align carefullly and cement firnly. Bind rear cabane struts to engine bearers (see plan view) then cement bulkhead 4 in position. This stage of assembly is shown in Photo 1.
The 3/32 medium grade sheet balsa fuselage sides should be carefully scored at bulkhead station 8 and bent slightly inwards aft of this point (see plan view). Coat the crack thoroughly with cement inside and outside, and allow to dry before proceeding further..."
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by Doug McHard
Scale IC F/F Biplane Military Fighter
all formers complete :)
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User commentsHi Steve! I've just identified this plan as the one in this picture, built by my father Bill, back in the mid sixties www.flickr.com It flew nicely, as I recall! Cheers.
AndyW - 23/11/2015
Does anyone have a clearer scan of this plan? I'd quite like to build this one myself, would be nice to have a better, clearer scan.
SteveWMD - 26/08/2021
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