RB-59 Gladiator


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RB-59 Gladiator  
by Pavel Bosak
from Model Aviation
September 1982 
52in span
Tags: Scale IC R/C
all formers complete :)
got article :)

Submitted to Outerzone: 03/07/2017
Outerzone planID: oz8916 | Filesize: 690KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: Circlip, RFJ


About this Plan

RB-59 Gladiator - Sport model for radio control, with .15 power.

Quote: - "THE FIRST THING that I want in every model that I build is for the plane to fly well. Secondly, I like my models to look good from an aesthetic point of view. The RB-59 Gladiator was designed for the intermediate flier, keeping in mind. that it should look as much like an actual aircraft as possible.
The RB-59 Gladiator is a stable model - not at all tricky. Thus, it is ideal for a relatively new flier and for sport or 'Sunday' flying. It can perform most of the intermediate acrobatics maneuvers, so it provides a welcome change of pace as the flier's skill progresses. The model is designed to fly with a. 15 engine. For those who might want to try it as a seaplane with floats, use a . 19 engine.
Thw ing is easy to build beacuse it has no ailerons. Construction basically is balsa, with the addition of spruce spars and plywood braces. Those who are into foam cutting could quite easily make a foam wing, instead, using the two rib templates shown on the plan as patterns.
Ribs for the tapered wing are shaped by the interpolation method. First, cut ply templates of the center and tip ribs. Sandwich between them 12 balsa rectangles corresponding to the ribs for one wing-half (slightly oversize and with grain lengthwise). Drill two holes in the 'sandwich' and bolt together all the pieces. Carve and sand the balsa rectangles to conform to the ply shapes..."

Gladiator, Model Aviation, September 1982.

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Article pages, thanks to RFJ.


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