Me 109E (oz911)


Me 109E (oz911) by Stan Cole 1961 - plan thumbnail

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Me 109E. Scale 40 inch wingspan model for 1.5cc power and free flight.

Quote: "If you have a 1.5 cc engine waiting for an airframe, Stan Cole's very practical F/F scale replica of this infrequently modelled fighter will fill the bill perfectly. Me109E.

We first saw this model at the Richmond Club's exhibition and we were immediately struck by its obvious practicability. It was tough, of straightforward construction, and obviously built to fly. As a F/F subject the Me109 is not often considered, but Stan Cole's very attractive design should soon alter that situation. It is a fine testimony to the design, that a replica has been built from the original drawings by someone who has never previously attempted F/F scale and it flies as well as the original model - need we say more?

Fuselage and Wings: Start by building the 1/8 in x 1/2 in crutch from hard balsa, flat on the plan. Next cut formers (1) to (9) paying particular attention to accuracy in formers (4) and (5) as these will later determine the wing incidence. Former (4) is pre-drilled to take the u/c binding. The formers are now cemented into the crutch, checking for squareness from both side and top. Next add the 1/8 in sq spines to top and bottom of the formers and block balsa to the front and rear of fuselage, together with tail wheel assembly, prior to adding the sheeting. This is best done in two separate pieces, cemented along the top line of the crutch.

The sheet should be pre-shaped by damping, to curve it over the top half of the fuselage along the entire length between formers (3) and (9). The rear lower half of fuselage is best planked with 1/4 in x 1/16 in balsa strip, starting from the bottom line of the crutch. At this stage it is essential to assemble ribs A and B - together with wing tongues - dry (uncemented) to formers (4) and (5).

The fuselage assembly can now be placed on a flat surface and the completed wing halves (which are of conventional construction) are pushed onto the wing tongues and the wing tips are packed up to give 3-1/8 in dihedral under each tip. Holding everything in place with suitable weights, the wing tongues are now finally cemented to ribs A and B in situ, this method ensuring accuracy..."

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Hi, in considering building this plane (over many years) for guided free flight, I found a couple of drafting errors on the original MA plan that could mislead folk. If you follow the instructions and the component shapes all should be fine. However the side view of the fuselage has two main errors, from my viewpoint of many years plan gazing. The angle of incidence of the wings is excessive; but F4 and F5 are correct and determine the correct angle (as per the article's build instructions. If you measure these and scrutinize the main photo this issue becomes clear. The undercarriage legs shown on the side view are too long, the pattern for bending the wire is correct. The side view doesn't incorporate the extra bend (as shown on the plan). The side view of the canopy isn't quite right - but not important.
Despite the fuselage side view errors the build will be ok, it becomes an issue if you modify the structure a lot for R/c conversion. Btw, not including ailerons in converting this for r/c (ie rudder and elevator only) is not a problem in a guided free-flight basis and moderate turns. If the right thrust is used then right turns with the engine running will drop the nose - a disaster for free flight as mentioned in the article.
Final note, the 1.5cc diesel used was low power, particularly with a 9x5 prop, so it is best to avoid overpowering (!)
Jim - 18/06/2023
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