Red Arrow - Radio control sport aerobatic model.
Quote: - "I am not, and probably never will be, a radio control competition enthusiast, particularly for acrobatic competitions. The thought of practising hour after hour to achieve the highly proficient standard required to attain any success fills me with gloom. There are times, though, when I like to go and have a bit of a rave-up and have a model that will perform more manoeuvres than my average sports or scale model. Not particularly fancying the average .60 powered beast. I decided to settle for something that could be launched from our rough pasture flying field.
Parentage of the 'Red Arrow' is about as mixed as the average mongrel dog. It owes a little to a single channel design called the L'il Roughneck (oz3102) which in turn was developed from the old Orion (oz 927) multi design. Add to this bits and pieces of a number of my own models and you finish up with a design that bears little relation to any other design. There are no revolutionary features in the design or constructional methods in this model and the only modifications to the plans as a result of testing the prototype is to shorten the nose a little and to increase the wing saddle area to allow easier fitting of the wing and aileron connections. This is the first model I have ever built that has given me a problem with nose heaviness but at least it means you will not have to be too careful in selecting the lightest grade of balsa for the tail surfaces.
A Taipan 19 and a S.T.23 engine were used on my 'Red Arrow' for test purposes and this range of power will be sufficient for the average modeller, but a .29 should satisfy even the most power conscious flyer. With a small model like the Red Arrow it is important to keep it flying at fairly close range and the faster they go' the quicker they gel away, so, unless you have phenomenal eyesight, I would suggest keeping the power within bounds on the first flights. Simple skis were fitted to the model for last winter's snowfall and the Red Arrow not only performed well with them on but it also looked very attractive..."
Red Arrow, RCM&E, August 1971.
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