Early Knight (oz9402)


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Early Knight - Rubber beginner's duration model.

Quote: "A 36 inch wingspan, rubber powered model for the novice by John Godden. THIS MODEL was designed several years ago, with the aim of providing club members - many new to the hobby and several with little or no experience of rubber models, - with a suitable aeroplane to fly in the Club small field events. All examples built so far have flown with a minimum of trimming (if any), and though duration times of the majority have not been very high, all builders of the model have been extremely satisfied with the result of their efforts. In fact unknown to me, it has been decided to hold a one model competition this year for the model, although I don't know what form the event will take (July 21st, Morely DMAC Silent and Vintage meeting...Ed).
Construction should provide few problems for anyone who has the ability to cut 1/8in square balsa reasonably accurately at right angles, and can bend 18 swg wire - used in preference to 16 swg wire because of the latter's resistance to accurate bending by novices, especially the younger, hence weaker hands of these hopefully experts of the future. I know an 18 swg prop shaft bends easily in a hard landing, but similarly it can be easily straightened sufficiently to not unduly impair model performance, and anyway a bent shaft is preferable to a broken propeller!
Inspection of the plan shows that nowhere is it required to actually bend any wood component. All fuselage longerons being perfectly straight, with changes in direction being formed by cracking and cementing. This technique is not generally accepted practice, but quite satisfactory on a model of this size using generous wood sizes. Similarly the unusual sequence used for the wing construction would suggest a weakness at the dihedral joints, but this fear is unfounded, and the difficulty of covering a conventionally constructed wing is removed. So, now I've whetted your appetite..."

Note this plan was wrongly printed as: "A 36in rubber duration model" when in fact the wingspan is 30in.

Scan from DBHL, cleanup by theshadow.

ref DBHL-5653.

Direct submission to Outerzone.

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Article pages, thanks to Algy2.


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  • (oz9402)
    Early Knight
    by John Godden
    from Aeromodeller
    May 1985 
    30in span
    Tags: Rubber F/F
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 30/10/2017
    Filesize: 160KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: theshadow

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