Orion - plan thumbnail image

Orion - completed model photo more pics (4)

by Ed Kazmirski
from William Miller, Uncle Willies
69in span
Tags: IC R/C LowWing
all formers complete :)
got article :)

This plan was found online 29/04/2011 at: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1265873&page=223
Outerzone planID: oz927 | Filesize: 1316KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: mred3


About this Plan

Orion - multi RC competition model for .45 power.

Quote: - "The designer says: Orion was designed and developed especially for contest work. For a complete run-down on some of the design features refer to the June, 1960 issue of Model Airplane News. This kit is the most advanced and complete R/C kit produced to date. It is exactly as the original model with a few improvements. In a high performance contest model good workmanship is essential. Most important of all, flying surfaces must be true - more on this later. The ship should be flown with a minimum of eight channels, and not rudder only. At this writing the prototype has had a full season of contest flying with no weak points showing up. In spite of the advanced design the Orion is simple to build."

This is an Uncle Willies plan.

Update 06/06/2017: added original article (MAN June 1960), also Top Flite assembly & operating manual, thanks to Pit.

Supplementary files

Article & manual.


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User comments

Hi Steve & Mary - This photo may be of historical interest [more pics 003]. I took it at RAF Gaydon in the early '60s. I was a teenager with a Box Brownie camera at the time, so not the best quality photo in the world. I think it may have been the Ripmax demonstration team.
ChrisPinn - 20/04/2016
Orion was considered a piece of history, the father of all modern aerobatic rc planes. The evolution of this design ended in the famous world champ Taurus, still in use today for vintage F3A contest. It was kitted by Top Flite too (what else!) of which manual is attached [supplementary file].
Pit - 06/06/2017
Added more pics 004-006, taken from Model Aircraft Sept 1960, World Championships Report - thanks to Pit.
Mary - 06/06/2017
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