Avenger 35 (oz8023)
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Avenger 35. Control line stunt model for .35 power.
Quote: "These days, a control line stunter has to have not only exacting flight characteristics, to permit a flawless pattern, but also immaculate looks, to impress the judges. The Avenger, by Don Shultz.
The Avenger is the end result of more than a decade of competition in CL Precision Aerobatics. Many of the desirable features of well-known and proven stunt designs have been combined in a model which is tailored to my individual requirements. That is why the design may look a little familiar to many of the dedicated stunt fliers. Simply to program the best features of top stunt planes seems of little value, because there is certainly more to winning Aerobatics than having an airworthy craft. Whether the term be 'gamesmanship', or 'salesmanship,' there always seems to be that rare, elusive, special something to a winning combination that continues to remain out of reach for the majority of stunt fliers. It simply takes an impressive out of the ordinary airplane to win today.
The construction of the Avenger is typical of today's modern contest formulas, and my concept of basic design must be shared with Bob Gialdini, of Wisconsin. He was best known as a top national and international competitor, designer and judge. Who can forget his success story of the mid-60s with his legendary Sting Ray (oz331) and Eclipse designs? Perhaps this one man has done more to influence today's trends in stunt than anyone I can recall. I've built three Sting Rays over the past years, including my white and gold Rays of the '67, '68 and '69 Nationals. I have received more than my share of wins using this very fine airplane. A few helpful changes from this design influence in the Avenger have been added, to make it a better flying stunter.
I settled on a span of 59 in. I extended the wing chord, fattened up the ribs, changed the wing tips, used thicker 1/4 in lap material to fair into the fatter wing structure. I've added a ventral fin, for more lateral side area aft of the CG. The additional advantages of the fin are: no extra weight gain behind the CG, and extra body strength. The stab placement dictates extra care, but is well worth the 'Impression Points.' I've streamlined the air exhaust outlets in the cowl with large diameter brass tubing..."
Quote: "Hello Steve / Mary, I cleaned up and enlarged a copy of Don Shultz's Avenger 35 featured in American Aircraft Modeler Magazine July 1974. It has a 59in wingspan for .35 size engine. George"
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Update 13/01/2017: added article, thanks to RFJ.
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User commentsHi Steve. Just a note to say that Don Schultz, designer of the Avenger 35 you have just made available, died the middle of July. Another icon gone.
MikeNelson - 09/09/2016
SteveWMD - 09/09/2016
Hello Steve / Mary, here are a couple of pictures: the Gold Avenger by Mark Scarborough and the original White model by Don Shultz [model photo more pics 003, 004].
GeorgeAlbo - 03/10/2016
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