Phoenix (oz853)


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Phoenix. 72in span cabin power model. For 3.5 to 5cc. This is not a full size plan.

Quote: "Bob Woollett has a happy knack of employing eliptical shapes in his designs. Readers will remember his very successful Wren (oz1568) of 42 inches span which was featured as an Aeromodeller design some time ago, and over 1,000 Wren's have been built from APS plans to date.

'Phoenix' is the Wren's bigger brother, and the version we present here is a MkII which has been flight tested for over a year. Employing a Reeves 3.4 cc diesel, the prototype weighed 3 lb 10 oz, giving an ideal wing loading of just under 12 oz per sq ft. Radio control enthusiasts might find this an attractive feature, for there is little doubt that Phoenix could be converted to R/C, and would then come near to the proven ideal radio control wing loading of 14 oz per sq ft.

Phoenix displays the same stable characteristics of the Wren, and is a very attractive machine to behold in flight. Moreover the novel and very positive method of rudder trimming developed by Bob Woollett, ensures that repeated flights can be made to the same flight pattern with absolute consistency. If fitted with a more powerful 5 cc motor, a lively performance is guaranteed; though 3.5 cc is ample for good performance general flying.

Other very special features of this good-looker is the quickly detachable engine power egg, which can also knock off in the event of a crash, and the stirrup used with the undercarriage, which completely absorbs all landing shocks with elastic band tension. The original was enamelled Celestial Blue fuselage, wing and tail outlines, with Silver doped flying surfaces and Red fuselage flash and name.

Full constructional details are enclosed with each copy of the full size plan."

Update 26/06/2012: Added PDFvector plan tracing, by hogal. This replaces the previous (3 page) version.

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