Tarrier (oz843)


Tarrier (oz843) by Ted Strader from Flying Models 1958 - plan thumbnail

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Tarrier. Free flight sport model, for .020 power.

Quote: "The idea of 'fly for fun' is booming with the advent of the .020 glow plug engine. Tarrier, by Ted Strader.

The unexpected can sometimes be a pleasant experience. Such was the case when our teeny 'Tarrier' made its debut recently. We had been asked to give a talk on R/C to a large model club in the Southern part of Illinois, and had loaded the car with just about every type of R/C gear from the simplest to our new CG multi gear in the hopes of making the visit as interesting as possible.

Having been informed in advance that the membership included many who were not in R/C but would be in attendance, we decided at the last minute to bring our little hero along to keep the uninterested from being bored stiff. Before, during, and after the talk the Tarrier made the rounds and stole the show. All in all, it was a very pleasant and completely unexpected surprise. We hope you will thoroughly enjoy your version of the 'Tarrier.'

FUSELAGE: Cut two identical side patterns of 1/16 sheet balsa using the full-size plan outline. Be sure the notch holes line up accurately to insure perfect alignment during construction.

Cut out and cement bulkheads 1, 2, 3, and 4 to one fuselage side as it's pinned down on the bench. Be sure these bulkheads are at right angles to the side. When dry, cement the other fuselage side to the four bulkheads previously installed. Add the rest of the bulkheads and cement the fuselage together at the tail to complete this assembly.

Bend and insert the landing gear in place and secure with a scrap piece of 1/16 balsa sheet acting as a sand-wich.

The bottom wing rest and runners can be installed along with the stabilizer, then the 1/16 x 1/8 strips aft of the wing which are sanded down to fair into the stabilizer. Once this is accomplished the rudder can be cemented in place.

Carefully bend the cowl outline into place using dope on the underside, if necessary, to perform the operation. Rubber bands will help hold this in place until the cement dries.

Bending and cementing the tail skid in place, along with the installation of the wing hold-down dowels, completes this phase of the fuselage construction.

WINGS: Cut two identical outlines, splicing along the indicated line if 3 in stock is used. Cement the ribs in place, starting at the trailing edge, with the wing outlines upside down. When the trailing edge portion is dry, the out-lines can be turned over and the rest of the ribs cemented and the sheeting pinned down to conform to the rib outline.

Block up each panel 1-5/8 at the tip and sand the root rib to effect a good dihedral joint. When the two wing panels are joined one may be held flat and the other elevated 3-1/4 at its tip to give the necessary angle. A piece of cloth or silk will add strength to the dihedral joint.

FINISH: The original model's fuselage was completely covered with a light grade of tissue and this along with the rest of the structure, covered with three fairly thin coats of fuel-proof dope. When doping the wings it is a good idea to dope the underside first and then the top.

Mounting the engine, cementing the windshield in place and installing a pair of 1 inch wheels on the landing gear just about wraps it up.

FLYING: We found it necessary to add a few extra coats of red dope to the tail section to get the model to balance at the point indicated. When your model balances there, you're ready to explore upper air. Check for any undesired warps, and when satisfied all is Jake, crank up that thar powerhouse and swoosh! You're in business. Have a ball!"

Update 16/08/2012: corrected spelling from Terrier to Tarrier.

Update 21/05/2019: Added article (complete) thanks to RFJ.

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Tarrier (oz843) by Ted Strader from Flying Models 1958 - model pic


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User comments

My father designed this plane and the only thing wrong is the spelling of the name. It's Tarrier. BTW Ted Strader is still alive and kicking!
cturso - 16/08/2012
Thanks. Fixed this now.
SteveWMD - 16/08/2012
This looks like a fun model. I see in the June 2019 Model Aviation that Eric Strader built a 3 channel e-powered version. Does anyone have the remaining pages of the construction article?
Keith - 20/05/2019
Have added complete article now, thanks to Ray.
SteveWMD - 21/05/2019
Steve, Thank you for adding the full text of the article. When I get my Tarrier built, I will submit a photo.
Keith - 08/06/2019
Hi there, Please find attached a few photos of the Tarrier oz843. Enlarged to 150% for a DC Merlin engine and two channel RC [main pic, 003, 004]. Fantastic little flyer and easy build. Thanks for the fabulous website. Best regards,
DaveB - 28/06/2021
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