Penauds Planophore


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Penauds Planophore  
by Paul Del Gatto
from Model Airplane News
May 1955 
18in span
Tags: Rubber F/F
formers unchecked
got article :)

Submitted to Outerzone: 26/09/2017
Outerzone planID: oz9282 | Filesize: 228KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: Circlip, RFJ


About this Plan

Penaud's Planophore - Rubber sport model. An updated experimental version of the vintage Alphonse Penaud design.

Quote: "1871 vs 1955. Suppose Penaud had balsa wood? Or modeling tissue? How, then, would his design compare with present day models? Very well, says this author...Intrigued by what we had read of Penaud, we undertook a novel experiment by constructing one of Penaud's rubber models to almost identical proportions and then constructing still another model of approximately the same proportions, but modifying it in accordance with present standard model airplane practice. We wanted to see just how performance of a present type model design would compare with that of one originally conceived 84 years ago. When completed, the models weighed .35oz. and .45oz. ready to fly, the lighter one being the Penaud. Of course the use of balsa and superfine tissue, while not used sparingly, still resulted in a lighter weight than Penaud could hope to achieve with the materials then at his disposal..."

Penauds Planophore, MAN, May 1955.

Direct submission to Outerzone.

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Article pages, thanks to RFJ.


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