Pawprint - Free flight sport model.
Quote: "Back in another lifetime, modeling-wise, there was a magazine named Air Trails. This was in the Golden Decade of aeromodeling, the years from 1945 to 1955. Air Trails featured two full-size pull-out plans each month, and in one issue (1/49 for those interested) there appeared a little sport F/F model called Pleasair (oz8999). Designed for CO2 power, the model was necessarily lightly built and perhaps a shade fragile for the sport purpose. Nevertheless, several friends and I built multiple Pleasairs and enjoyed them greatly.
Our Pawprint (the name is a wordplay derived from its first powerplant, a PAW diesel) doesn't resemble the Pleasair in the least, either in appearance or structure, but the intent is the same. This time, however, a few key changes have been made to enhance durability and reduce or eliminate hazards during trimming.
Construction is simple and rugged. A sport model must survive all manner of abuse, so wood sizes are generous. I recall a friend of mine in England remarking: I have noticed that a slightly heavier model will always fly better than a lighter, broken one."
Pawprint, Flying Models, August 2011.
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