Parakeet (oz8579)


Parakeet (oz8579) by Dave Robelen from Model Aviation, Tidewater Hobby - plan thumbnail

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Parakeet. Radio control sport biplane model, for .15 to .25 power. Also kitted by Tidewater Hobby.

Quote: "Although simple to build and set up, this little bipe offers realistic appearance and top-notch performance. Parakeet, by Dave Robelen.

Known for its simple construction, great three channel RC performance and sporty, realistic appearance, my popular sport-flying Pronto (oz1740) captures the very essence of fun. The design has long been a favourite of mine, so when fellow modeller Chuck Cusick challenged me to convert it into a biplane, I couldn't resist.

I didn't want to lose the fun in the midst of the modifications, so cost and simplicity became important considerations, I've used stock sizes of balsa (3 in wide x 36 in long), and all of the major parts can be laid out and cut from these or similar stock material sizes.

Three-channel control is totally adequate for lively aerobatics, and it greatly simplifies overall construction, saves weight and, in most cases, even assures a spare servo. Of course the parts count should be kept to a minimum for easy building.

Some modelers have created a 'Pronto Biplane' by simply adding another wing on top of some struts clamped onto the fuselage sides. My own approach was to use the same concepts that the successful Pronto employs, but to start from scratch with a biplane layout. My choice of model size was strongly influenced by the available engines. Experience has shown that those in the .15 to .25 group run extremely well and give a staisfactory flight time on only four ounces of fuel. This range of engines gives me excellent results with a model weight from 2-1/2 to 3 lb, fuelled and ready for flight.

The Parakeet airfoil is takes directly from the earlier Pronto design in which good speed range and excellent stall behaviour were the main considerations..."

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Update 09/08/2018: Added kit review from MAN June 1989, thanks to RFJ.

Update 24/12/2020: Added kit review from Radio Modeller, June 1995, thanks to RFJ.

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Article, thanks to RFJ.
Alternate version of essentially the same plan, as sold by Tidewater Hobby, with different title block. With thanks to JJ.


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