Curtiss NC-4 (oz8099)
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Curtiss NC-4. Scale model biplane seaplane, for Cox Pee Wee or Tee Dee .010 power.
Quote: "They're ducks! This was British aircraft designer Hawker's description of United States 'NC' flying boats at Newfoundland, as they were being assembled and prepared for the 'Great Atlantic Air Race.'
Now that World War I was over, many aviation achieve-ments were forecast and flying the Atlantic was definitely the most desired feat by airmen and aircraft designers of all nations. To promote this desire for a transatlantic flight, the London Daily Mail offered a $50,000 prize for the first crossing. Despite Hawker's criticism and to many Americans' surprise, one of the so called 'ducks' was the first to cross the Atlantic.
Although pictures and plans of the original NC4 Flying Boat, do not reveal any outstanding design or performance qualities, it, nevertheless, was America's first truly engineered airplane. The NC4 design was born of a collaboration of the finest Navy and Curtiss engineering minds. Each element of the proposed air-craft was designed to do its work efficiently. With exceptionally long flying hours in mind for the transatlantic flight, much care was taken in the design of the large hull and the arrangement of the power plants. Thus this type of aircraft engineering almost guaranteed America a success-ful transatlantic flight.
The semi-scale, all wood, model of 'NC4' should indeed be an interesting and unorthodox project for the free-flight fan. Many features never found in average flying models are used; triple-rudders, twin stabilizers, skid fins, free-wheeling props, and yards of brace-wire. These unorthodox features do wonders to the model's flying qualities. Although the model is extremely stable, each flight on the model is slow, appearing to be in great labor to achieve forward speed.
All block and sheet balsa used in the construction f this model should be of soft or contest model stock..."
Update 11/10/2016: article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.
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