Friend Ship I - Radio control pattern plane for .61 power. Uses ready-made Glaskin foam wing.
Quote: - "Friend Ship I has been created as a result of a casual conversation, and a desire to build an aerobatic aircraft that looks realistic, rather than like some kind of jet with a prop on the nose. I was discussing aircraft design at the '71 Internals with Bob Smith, Chuck Smith and Terry Prather, when the feasibility of utilizing Bob's Miss B.S. for pattern was mentioned which immediately lit a fire under me. The sleek, lean, clean lines of Bob's racer make it look like it is doing 150 mph when it is sitting on the ground, and this type of model generates intense excitement in all who view it.
The goals established for this design are necessarily tough, because the competition in pattern today demands perfection. Competition reliability and perfection have been built in from the outset by using only the best equipment available. Access to every vital component is provided through purely logical placement (and lack of room to put it anywhere else), ensuring precise contest trim.
Aerodynamics plays an important role in providing this aircraft with the ability to achieve flying perfection. A feeling of freedom and absolutely precise control overcomes the flier as soon as she takes to the air. Total penetration ensures that windy flying is no longer a problem, and corrections during a maneuver are extremely rare.
Though not difficult, this subject is designed for the experienced builder, so construction notes will be primarily restricted to features unique to this design..."
Friend Ship, American Aircraft Modeler, May 1973.
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