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Mercury Matador. Radio control cabin model, also suitable for free flight.
Quote: "The Matador has been designed primarily as a free-flight cabin model which is ideally suited for Radio Control. This does not mean that it is not equally suited for normal free-flight. It is in fact of such a rugged and simple construction that it can be tackled by beginners to power modelling with every confidence.
For radio work a diesel of 1.5 cc capacity is recommended and for free-flight 1 to 1.5 cc. Larger motors are not recommended unless you are a very experienced modeller and can handle a model with a degree of surplus power without difficulty.
The original model complete, doped and ready to fly weighed only 15 oz but a fair average weight when built by a beginner to power work would be better taken as 18 oz. With radio the model need weigh no more than 30 ounces even when using batteries of high capacity. The ample total area of 440 sq in gives a loading of 10 oz/sq ft. This is high enough to give good penetration on windy days but not so high as to make the flying speed too fast for easy handling.
Any good commercial single channel radio is recommended and the plan gives details of the normal rudder control arrangement which is now accepted as standard practice for one-channel working. Full details of the wiring up of your radio equipment will be given with the set and should be carefully followed. Batteries are best mounted direct in the bottom of the fuselage in a balsawood battery box. Access to the radio receiver and batteries are obtained by lifting the wing off the top of the fuselage. If you are not going to fit radio, then the top of the fuselage can be sheeted in under the wing for extra strength.
Most of the necessary building instructions are on the plan and the following are hints to help you tackle the job in a straightforward manner..."
Quote: "Hi Mary & Steve. Another Mercury Masterpiece! The Matador. I was surprised not to find it on the site. You should find here the 2 plan sheets; sheet 1 has a piece of sheet 2 pasted to it. Also you should find 2 pics of the box and 2 'family photos' taken in 1985 [more pics 003-005]. I built this kit in c1970 and flew it FF for many years, the best flying ground was Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. I then brought it with me to France and some time after 1985 a cat decided to take up winter quarters in the Matador box in our boiler room! Crushed it to smithereens. All that is left today is a wing rib I saved (scan h'with). So, no printwood and only a little matchwood. The Matador was my favourite flyer. Best wishes, Nicholas"
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Note: If anyone out there could submit scans of the printwood parts, that would be great [edit: got these now. Done].
Update 17/01/2019: Added full printwood scan, 5 pages, thanks to NicholasTucker.
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User commentsSturdy? This was my first plane, printed wing ribs and all. Glide was fine .. (we did that in those days .. ) Sadly, the southerly wind blowing across the marsh was quite lively, but as a determined 14 year old , I was keen that my masterpiece should fly. And fly it did, the AM 15 howling, .. one gigantic loop, way above the tops of the pylons and very nearly starting another .. but terra firma intervened .. not by much, but enough .. I still have the diesel, thirty bob from the secondhand shop from a big save with my pocket money.
anon - 02/08/2017
Added two photos from Electric Flight International, December 2001 [more pics 006,007] thanks to RFJ.
SteveWMD - 23/02/2020
Awww. One of the first 'serious' models I ever built back around 1960. Thanks to whomever it was that made these plans available - especially for free. Who knows, I might even make one (again) to remember what it was like all those years ago. Thanks again.
Mark in Chesham
Mark Crow-Stewart - 16/02/2021
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