Spirit of St. Louis (oz7966)


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Spirit of St Louis. Radio control stand-off scale model. For .40 -.71 power. Scale is 1/6.

Quote: "The Spirit of St Louis was a great big flying gas tank. It had a Clark Y airfoil section capable of lifting the load. There was no forward windshield whatever, only a periscope and a view somewhat forward through the side window. An aircraft can be landed without such forward vision. Fly a crazed plexiglass windshield into a setting sun and you will use the side window too. Charles Lindberg's problems however don't bother the model much, we're not in it to look anyway.

The model's tail surfaces have been enlarged somewhat to offer better stability and you can live with the absence of dihedral. Our ailerons have been increased in span one rib bay inward, but this is optional. The model seems to fly easily, comfortably, and I think it is almost a pussycat. The Clark Y section offers high lift and slow flight performance and the massive size gives you a good look and the time response to really fly the aircraft.

Assuming you are moderately experienced in R/C, this aircraft is for you. While it is large, there is nothing difficult in the structure. Williams Bros, offers 2in scale cylinder heads, exactly the right scale size. Also the wheels seen on this aircraft. They are of the correct diameter and closely approximate the type wheels used. We chose Flat Silver MonoKote for the covering, 5 rolls will do. It does a beautiful job, though you can silk it..."

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Update 17/11/2016: added article, thanks to RFJ.

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Spirit of St. Louis (oz7966) by Don McGovern 1979 - model pic

  • (oz7966)
    Spirit of St. Louis
    by Don McGovern
    from Flying Models
    January 1979 
    93in span
    Scale IC R/C Civil
    clean :)
    formers unchecked
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 10/08/2016
    Filesize: 1270KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: JJ
    Downloads: 2970

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User comments

Is there an additional sheet to this plan giving fuselage cross sections? Because of the number of longerons it would make construction difficult. The rest of the plan looks straight forward.
TonyBenham - 16/11/2016
This is all we have for the Spirit of St Louis. Steve thinks it unlikely there were any more sheets. It would be nice to see the article that went with it, though. Does anyone out there have a copy they could scan and share with us?
Mary - 16/11/2016
With amazing speed, RFJ sent us the Flying Models article [see suppl. file]. Thanks Ray! He confirmed the plan is just the two sheets we already have.
Mary - 17/11/2016
Built from Don Mcgovern's 1979 plans. It is nearly finished but no maiden day set due to worldwide virus concerns. 10 pounds and an OS .91 4 stroke.
I wanted to share a photo for the plans page [main pic, 008]. I built with a modest amount of detail but it can be built to any level.
Randy Linderman - 21/07/2020
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