Lil Bipe (oz8993)


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Li'l Bipe. Radio control sport biplane model, for .020 power.

Quote: "Reminiscent of the early biplane era, Li'l Bipe is for the sport single channel flyer. Easy to fly? The author's daughter, Laurie, soloed on Li'l Bipe at the age of 10! Lil Bipe, by Art Schultz.

Ask any kid - if one set of wings is good, he'll tell you that two sets are twice as good. I guess I've never really outgrown this childhood logic because I still prefer biplanes. My first airplane ride was in the front cockpit of a crummy old bipe that operated from a small midwestern field until the cash customers gave out. The ride didn't last long, and I'm sure I was more thrilled than scared, but since that day, an airplane to me has meant a craft with two sets of wings. Perhaps this will explain why I think a biplane model always looks more like a true airplane in flight - which is the only way the appearance of a model should be evaluated.

I call this design Little Bipe. If you're an experienced modeler, the construction should be a breeze; if you're a beginner, it's simple enough for you, too. To any modeler, this challenge: doesn't Little Bipe look like and fly like a real, honest airplane? That's because it is a distillation of free flight features and ideas from home-built planes.

Construction. Trace the sides on a sheet of 1/16 medium balsa and cut them out. Mark the location of all the formers on the inside of the fuslage halves. Be sure you have the strut areas marked on formers F2 and F3 before you glue them in place..."

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