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Flittermouse. Radio control trainer for electric power.
Quote: "Flittermouse has been produced as an introduction to electric-powered flight not only for beginners to radio controlled flying, but also for converts from other areas of aeromodelling.
The traditional layout for a beginners' aircraft has always been the high wing cabin monoplane; these are relatively easy to build, afford good access to a sizeable radio compartment and can be very stable in flight. The main control functions are the rudder which turns the model, and the elevator which makes it climb and dive.
The size of the model is largely dictated by the power available to fly it, and the weight of the motor, battery pack and radio gear. A typical figure for the equipment is around 30oz, leaving 18oz for the complete airframe if we are to stay below the design weight of 3lb. By careful wood selection it is possible to build the model to around 2-1/2 lb and better performance will result.
If you are more used to model aircraft designed for glow power and the structure seems rather flimsy, don't rush to add bits of ply and balsa everywhere! Remember that an electric motor produces no vibration, and that models should ideally bounce and bend in an unplanned 'arrival' - they do not need to be built like brick outhouses to survive!
Fuselage. Start by clearing your building board and cutting out the fuselage sides from 3/32in medium balsa... "
Flittermouse, Radio Modeller, November 1988.
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Update 29/05/2018: added kit review from RCM&E, December 1987, thanks to RFJ.
Update 27/11/2018: Added second kit review, from R/C Model World, July 1987, thanks to RFJ.
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User commentsLovely model flew beautifully and a pleasure to build. It was my first electric plane. I taught a few people to fly on the Flittermouse back in the late 80's no buddy leads needed as It has very forgiving flight characteristics, I hope that this model goes down in the history books as a classic and a pioneer of accessible electric flight as it really made the best of the available power back then. A tribute to the designer for sure.
Kukster - 05/01/2019
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