Easy One (oz8157)
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Easy One (Easy I). Radio control sport model. Trainer for single channel RC.
Quote: "A good basic design for everyday flying. Avoids biting off more than you can chew. Cute, functional, durable, best describe this single channel crate. Takes .049's spans 38 inches. A Simple Basic R/C Trainer. Easy 1, by Ted Strader.
To those of you who wish to start cutting balsa, we offer a few building hints for the 'Easy I'. Construction is straightforward and should offer no difficulty, if a little time and patience are employed.
The two fuselage sides are cut from medium grade 3 in stock of 1/16 thickness. Mark all former locations and doublers. Score fuselage sides lightly where bends are noted, and check sides to be sure they are both exactly alike. Cement doublers in place. Cut out formers, alter to suit equipment and cement nos. 2 and 3 in place. Check alignment of fuselage thus far.
Cement 1/8 sheet floor in place between 2 and 3 and position T-1 in place. Draw fuselage sides together carefully and cement to T-1. Drill necessary holes in firewall to accommodate engine to be used and cement in place. Cement formers 4, 5, and 6 in place. Attach wire landing gear to no.2 with 'J' bolts, install escapement former and then torque rod. Sheeting, rudder, fin, stabilizer, skid, cheek cowls and dowels almost complete the picture. If you wish the top forward 1/8 sheeting can be attached like a hatch for later use of the compartment between the firewall and no. 2.
When constructing the wings, the most important thing to keep in mind is to select straight medium grade stock. Pin the trailing edge, main spar, and bottom leading edge 1/16 sheeting to plans. Cement ribs in place and then cement the front 1/4 sq spar in place. When both wing panels are completed block them up for proper dihedral and cement dihedral brace in place. Cement center-section top 1/16 sheeting in position and then add the upper leading edge sheeting. When dry, sand to a smooth finish. Add tips and you're ready to cover. We covered ours with heavy Silkspan and polished it off with four coats of clear butyrate dope. The fuselage was sanded down and two coats of clear plus two coats of pigmented dope applied.
A small commercial canopy was attached to the wing center-section, wheels secured, torque rod bent in place and yoke attached. Rubber to the escapement and receiver gear, plus a switch installed, engine bolted in place and we were ready. A small spinner on the prop added to the appearance.
Balance your model at the point indicated on the plans. Move equipment if necessary, to be sure that at this balance point, your ship does not rest even slightly tail heavy. We emphasize this in case it is your first attempt at R/C. We want it to be successful, therefore don't start off with a tail heavy ship, as that's one of the quickest means to a splintered end. If your plane has no warps and balances where indicated, you are ready for the tall grass test. Try a few glides with a moderate straight thrust. If she flattens out into a nice long straight smooth glide, with no tendency to balloon into a galloping attitude you're ready!
Let her get about 25 feet above the ground before you try anything fancy and then for only an instant until you get the feel. Have yourself a ball!"
Quote: "I thought you should have at least a rudimentary scan of the 'Easy 1' to compliment Doug Smiths nice story in Viewpoint [see My First RC]. Dave"
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Update 27/05/2017: added article, thanks to RFJ.
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User commentsThanks Dave, my original Easy One plan was long since lost. I had scaled it up from the magazine plan because I was too cheap to order the plans, which was a much bigger deal back then. There were no home computers, no internet, no credit cards, long distance telephone calls needed operator assistance. You couldn't even buy a telephone, had to lease it from Ma Bell. If you ordered anything by mail, you had to go to the Post Office for a money order and send it to wherever the plans were published, then a couple of weeks later they would arrive (hopefully). Model Airplane News had the best plan program. For 50 cents they would send a large sheet with your plans printed on both sides, folded to fit in a mailbox. I still have a couple of these that weren't cut up. My Easy One was built like the plans except I left off the bubble canopy, not available at our small hobby shop in a corner of Scarborough Drug Co. The plane flew well for its short life, especially after changing to a compound escapement which was easier to operate. Strangely, we had no concept of "learning to fly", you just took it out to the field and did it. Me and my buddy Al were in high school at the time and we both took advantage of the situation to write about our experience with R/C. Only "A" I ever received in that class. I might just build another Easy One, would make a good electric...
DougSmith - 04/11/2016
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