Bowden Contest


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Bowden Contest  
by CE Bowden
from Aeromodeller
November 1945 
68in span
Tags: IC F/F Cabin
all formers complete :)
got article :)

This plan was found online 29/04/2011 at:
Outerzone planID: oz890 | Filesize: 1029KB | Format: • PDFbitmap • PDFvector | Credit*: aeromeddeler, BrianCox, hogal


About this Plan

Bowden Contest - Free flight gas model. This is a low resolution scan.

Quote: - "A robust model of appealing aspect and performance. Span 68 in ...designed as the ideal primary petrol plane for rubber modellers."

Update 06/15/12: thanks to BrianCox, have uploaded a clearer version of this plan.

Update 05/08/2016: article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.

Supplementary files

Modern redrawn plan in PDFvector format, by hogal.
Article pages, text & pics.


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User comments

Hi, I am now 84 years old, but when I was 16 I saw the plan of the Bowden Contest in the Aeromodeler. I built it but could not afford an engine so I never got to fly it. I built it again in 1969 just before I moved to Canada, but I sold it before I flew it. My next effort was in 1972, but I modified it for R/C, powered by a Merco 35. This one I did fly, and it looked beautiful in the air, until I shredded it between some overhead electrical wires. I have built it several times since then, my latest version was originally powered by Merco 0.61, but I have now converted it to electric using an E-Flight Power 32, and 4S Lipo batteries. It still flies extremely well, and is capable of loops and rolls without any problem. The modifications I made include, lowering the dihedral to 1 inch, using a semi-symmetrical airfoil, adding ailerons, elevator and rudder. Attached are some pictures of it [more pics 007, 008]. In 1975 I built a Mercury IV, by Mick Smith, it is still in one piece, but not flying anymore.
TerryBrown - 06/09/2016
Hi Mary, Attached are a couple of pictures of the Bowden in flight, as you requested a couple of weeks ago [more pics 009, 010]. This is the same plane that is in the earlier pictures, but when I converted it to electric motor, I also changed the colour scheme. Cheers.
TerryBrown - 23/09/2016
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