Fletcher FU-24 (oz8855)
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Fletcher FU-24. Scale model for radio control.
Quote: "This down-under duster from Australia offers every desirable feature a scale modeler could ask. Plenty of details can be added, structure is simple, flies like a trainer...
Since the Bremen World Champs and the first International RC Scale meet were coming up in a few months, the Fletcher looked like an ideal subject. Its non-complex lines, with no compound curves, would make for speedy building and planking. To meet the FAI 11lb limit, I sweat over each piece during construction, but by using restraint with the ply and epoxy and building with Sig Contest balsa wood, the ship eventually turned out just under 10 lb.
Its slim nose proved an ideal test bed for Ben Shereshaw's experimental 60 twin-cylinder engine, now going into production. The Bantam lays to rest old theories that said a twin wouldn't have good power or idle. It pulls a big model around with ease. As for idle, at Bremen I hadn't had time to install brakes but was able to come to a complete stop without them for proto taxi. The Fletcher also made the only touch and go of the meet. Scale has long needed a twin but this engine also should find plenty of use elsewhere, since the vibration level won't shake radio equipment apart. Use of a standard 60 in the model will require extending the head through the cowl, side-mounted or inverted.
The all-moving stabilator of the Fletcher was eyed with a little tredpidation, since some attempts to use these on RC jobs haven't worked out well. However, in this design the control response proved just about right..."
Steve & Mary - Here's Claude McCullough's 74in span Fletcher FU-24 from September 1971 American Aircraft Modeler. Very nicely done model powered by a 2-cylinder horizontally-opposed .60. It looks like he designed it to be a Sig kit, but I don't remember them picking it up.
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