Cessna O-1A Bird Dog (oz9057)


Cessna O-1A Bird Dog (oz9057) by Norman Holme from Radio Control Scale Aircraft 1994 - plan thumbnail

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Cessna O-1A Bird Dog. Scale model for radio control. For 1.5 - 2cc motors and 3 channel RC.

Quote: "Fun-fly scale model of the American Warbird from the Vietnam war. 54ins span, easy to fly, design for 1.5 to 2.0cc (10 to 15) engines and two or three function radio. Cessna O-1A Bird Dog, by Norman Holme.

Over the years I have designed many scale models, both radio and multi-engined control-liners. Focke Wulf Condor, Flying Fortress etc. All have flown well, but the Bird Dog is the only one of which I have built three models. The first model was built about ten years ago, powered with an Enya .09, covered in silver Solarfilm, very light, it was a superb flyer.

I have a large collection of 1.5 cc diesels used mainly in the multi-engine control liners, mainly Frogs and A M's but including some PAW 1.5 RC's. I have never used these and thought the Bird Dog would be the ideal model for one of them.

Out came the plans, a little beefing up and drawing in of the rockets, the model was built using banded on wings. The model flew as well as the original, although a little underpowered with the PAW, but looked superb flying over with its underwing rockets.

The latest model uses an MVVS Junior 2cc engine and bolted on wings, flying characteristics are the same as the others, fairly slowish and very easy to control. Very easy to build, the Bird Dog would make an ideal first scale model, any motor of between 10-15 would be suitable.

Construction. Everything used in the construction of this model was easily obtained from the local model shop. I always use balsa cement for balsa to balsa joints and epoxy for ply, bearers etc. The model is uncomplicated and quite easy to build.

Fuselage. Start by cutting out the 1/16 sheet fuselage sides and pinning to the plan. Glue the 3/16 x 1/8 longerons and cross pieces in place and add 1/8 sheet doublers..."

Scan from DBHL, cleanup by theshadow.

ref DBHL-6464.

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Update 11/08/2017: added article, thanks to RFJ.

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Cessna O-1A Bird Dog (oz9057) by Norman Holme from Radio Control Scale Aircraft 1994 - model pic

  • (oz9057)
    Cessna O-1A Bird Dog
    by Norman Holme
    from Radio Control Scale Aircraft
    April 1994 
    54in span
    Scale IC F/F Cabin Military
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 04/08/2017
    Filesize: 644KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: DBHL, theshadow

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