Flying Aces Moth (oz8529)


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Flying Aces Moth. Rubber cabin model.

Quote: "OUTDOOR CABIN SHIPS seem possessed of a certain popularity that entices even the most indifferent model builder to at least try building one of its type. This month's presentation is by no means a "glamour girl" for looks, but we'll guarantee that if you'll build her, and she can be made in a jiffy, too, she'll turn in a flying performance that'll dispel such indifference once and for all.

The only way to become an outdoor flying model fan is to have a model that consistently turns in good flights and gives you an even chance of winning in any rubber flying model contest. The FLYING ACES 'Moth' is such a ship (Editor's Note: Thousands of model builders have built, flown it, and won - they know!)

Fuselage constrcution. THE FIRST STEP is to join Plates 1 and 3 at A-A. The fuselage is constructed of 1/16 sq medium hard balsa, excepting the longerons and such members as are marked otherwise on the plan. These are 3/32 sq medium balsa. Make sure that the longerons all have the same degree of hardness, or the body won't be straight.

Build both sides and don't use too much glue - just enough to keep the members together. When the sides are made, glue in the top members, the size of which can be obtained by doubling those on the plan. Be sure to get these straight. Cut formers 1-4 from 1/16 sheet balsa and affix in their respective places. Cement the 1/16 sq stringers in place and put in the two windshield pieces.

Next, take a block of 1/2 x 1-1/4 x 1-1/4 balsa and cut it down to fit the nose. Run a piece of 1/16 OD aluminum tubing through it and cement. The rear motor mount pieces of 1/16 by 3/16 are glued into the body as in Plate 3. The crosspiece of 1/16 by 1/8 is cut to fit in the notches between the mount pieces.

The rear hook of .028 music wire is looped around the crosspiece and cemented securely. The entire unit is then cemented into place between the mount..."

Quote: "Hi there. I have been trying to track down an original plan for the Flying Aces Moth - the one on your, excellent site is a slightly larger version published in 1987 in Aeromodeller Moth (oz1828). Anyway, eventually I came across this. A digital version of a short article by Herb Spatz based on the first design. Its free and here and shows the size as 24in span , the 'approved' size by the American FA Club You may like to add it to the collection. All the best, Mark"

Update 12/03/2017: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy (on a single sheet), thanks to Pilgrim.

Update 07/05/2018: Added article pages thanks to KennyHorne.

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Update 11/06/2018: Added propellor blank drawing (from Flying Models, Mar 1993), thanks to IvanRuchesi.

Update 16/8/2023: Added vector format plan, thanks to theshadow.

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Article (includes original drawings as printed).
Propellor blank drawing.
VectorPDF plan.


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Flying Aces Moth (oz8529) by Herb Spatz 1941 - model pic

  • (oz8529)
    Flying Aces Moth
    by Herb Spatz
    from Flying Aces
    August 1941 
    24in span
    Rubber F/F Cabin
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 10/03/2017
    Filesize: 228KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap • PDFvector
    Credit*: MarkMoran, Pilgrim, theshadow
    Downloads: 1601

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