F-86D Sabre Stunt (oz8076)


F-86D Sabre Stunt (oz8076) by Bob Lampione 1970 - plan thumbnail

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F-86D Sabre Stunt. Control line stunt model. For .35 to .40 power.

Quote: "1st in Open Stunt at the 1969 Nationals: a Semi-Scale Controline design inspired by the Air Force 'Thunderbirds.' Fox .35 power in a 54 in span machine.

My F-86D Sabre Stunter was designed with one thought in mind - the 1969 Nationals - to be held in Willow Grove the following summer. Having just completed the 1968 contest season in the New York, New England area, the need for a new ship existed and work began with letters to North American Aviation for details on the F-86D and to the Air Force 'Thunderbirds'. By using the appearance of the 'D' combined with the paint scheme of the Thunderbirds I felt that this filled the bill for a Nationals airplane: giving a striking appearance both in the air and on the ground, along with a pleasing profile and the look of a fighter.

Five months later, my wife Betty and I rushed out to the field for the first flight. Lines hooked up, fueled and new airplane butterflies, she rolled thirty feet and ef-fortlessly lifted to normal level flight. After a few climbs and dives to check sensitivity (nose weight), I started the pattern. I could hear Betty shouting from outside the circle: not on the first flight. The plane feels great, I thought, so why not? Line tension everywhere, even turns in-side and out, with no tendency to float on the top of the hourglass. Touchdown and roll for half a lap, I was thrilled with the initial performance.

Three months and three first place trophies later, we arrived at Willow Grove. We had talked up the Nats all year and came with only one thought; I was going to win or put the ship in trying. By the time qualification flights started, the 'Sabre' had well over one hundred flights and we were ready. Scoring 33 points on appearance, I was starting out in good shape. By the end of qualification day I had qualified second in one of two circles.

Finals day came after a long sleepless night. While drawing lots for flying posi-tion, my hand was shaking so I could hard-ly unfold the slip which gave me my flying position number. Twelve - last flight! Now, the tension of the long wait, along with watching the scores getting higher and higher.

As I lifted off for the final flight a score of 594 was posted for Al Rabe. It was do or die as it turned out, for that was the present high. As my score was being posted Betty and I were shaking so badly, we could hardly walk to the scoreboard. 598! I won, I wanted to shout it, I was so happy.

The following day was the fly-off for the Jim Walker Cup. Bob Geiseke explained the 'Cup' to me and went on to say that the Walker Cup is held foremost in his esteem. At each Nationals, the Junior, Senior and Open Stunt winners fly against each other for this coveted prize. It should also be noted that it is not always won by the Open contestant either. It was raining and windy and my competition was keen. Young Dennis Adamisin and my friend from Minnesota, Mike Stott. The Walker Cup now holds a prime position in my trophy room until its return to the Nationals in 1970 since it is a perpetual trophy. Someday I hope to win it again, for this trophy has even more meaning to the stunt flyer since the passing of the man whose name it bears, Jim Walker.

The construction and overall detail of how to build the 'Sabre' is tailored toward the modeler who might be building his first built up ship or ready for his first good finish. When you are building, keep one thing in mind; a well built airplane usually flies well, a poorly built one - not so hot. Trim problems you don't, need.

The start of any model requires a trip to your local hobby shop with a list of materials. Contest balsa should be used throughout, for selection of good wood is the easiest way to save weight. Excessive weight is one of the easiest ways to ruin a good stunt ship. Shoot for a maximum weight of 48-50 ounces finished. All contest balsa is not light weight, so be careful..."

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Update 20/12/2017: added article, thanks to RFJ.

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F-86D Sabre Stunt (oz8076) by Bob Lampione 1970 - model pic

  • (oz8076)
    F-86D Sabre Stunt
    by Bob Lampione
    from Flying Models
    June 1970 
    54in span
    IC C/L
    clean :)
    formers unchecked
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 23/09/2016
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