Curtiss R3C-1 Racer (oz9403)


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Curtiss R3C-1 Racer - Control line scale model racer. Arden .19 BB engine shown.

Quote: "Curtiss R3C-1 Racer - the famous racing plane that held both the land and seaplane records in the 1920s... The 1925 Curtiss R3C-1 racer makes an ideal U-Control model. Its clean lines make it very fast and its proportions make it highly maneuverable. Lt Cyrus Bettis used it to win the Pulitzer Race (landplanes) on September 12 1925, with a record of 248.98 mph. The winning ship was converted to a seaplane in two weeks time for the Schneider International Race. None other than Lt Jimmie Doolittle flew it to victory at the record speed of 234.36 mph.
The R3C-1 was the last American plane to hold the world's speed record until the summer of 1947, when it was regained by a special Lockheed P-80R (623.8 mph average).
Construction: Note how the power unit is detachable. It is held in place by two four-forty machine screws. The wings are detached at lower wing and strut intersection, with two 3-48 machine screws and nuts. The ignition, gas tank, landing gear, and motor are all accessible, with the removal of these four screws. The controls may easily be inspected. Make firewall at station 2 out of 3/32in plywood. Assemble top and bottom fuselage blocks and glue them lightly together..."

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