X-15 - plan thumbnail image

X-15 - completed model photo

by Paul Del Gatto
from Model Airplane News
May 1960 
8in span
Tags: Scale Jetex F/F
all formers complete :)
got article :)

This plan was found online 14/12/2016 at: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=36402572&postcount=9
Outerzone planID: oz8257 | Filesize: 1411KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: Ratracer, Edubarca


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X-15 - Jetex profile model.

Quote: - "Ready to use plans full-size in the magazine make our 'rocket' ship a cinch to build. And a snap to fly! For less than two bits worth of material you can build just about the fastest climbing model flying machine we've ever seen - and we make no exceptions - in this slick dressed-u profile model of a Jetex-poweerd X-15..."

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Nice to see some of these old Jetex models again, they were a popular way to build a jet powered aircraft, as long as it was small. The one I built, an f-102 delta, possibly by the same author, flew very well with a Jetex 50 motor. The main trouble I had was the humid Summer weather we enjoyed in LA (that's Lower Alabama) ruining the Jetex fuel pellets. They came in a small cardboard box that would fit in a wide mouth mayonnaise jar to keep them dry. Otherwise they would suck up moisture from the air and wouldn't light. Burn time of the fuel pellets was only about five seconds, which was plenty to get the model up pretty high once it got moving. As with all rockets, the faster it goes the better it works, and the last second of burn time built up some speed. I had to ride my bicycle to a nearby schoolyard to fly my F-102, no yard being large enough to contain it. Then I had a brilliant idea to soup up my Jetex with homemade rocket fuel, potassium nitrate melted in a pan with sugar, then poured into the Jetex housing. With the Jetex laid on a brick outside, I lit the fuse and stood back. Instead of launching like I intended, the housing spun around in a cloud of smoke, burning a hole in the side of the Jetex nozzle, too much power I guess. I don't know if Jetex is still available, haven't seen one in a long time, fun though a little messy.
DougSmith - 19/12/2016
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