Luton Buzzard - Radio control stand-off scale model, for .10 - .15 power.
Quote: - "Luton Aircraft Limited is no doubt best known to modelers for the LA-4 Minor. This company, however, produced several very successful light aircraft beginning with the LA-1 Buzzard which first flew in 1936. Production ended with the LA-6 Sports Major in 1939. Following the LA-1, Luton produced a 'Flying Flea' type (LA-1) which was plagued with problems and was abandoned in favor of the very successful LA-4 Minor. Their next effort was the LA-3 Buzzard II which is the subject of this article. It appears that only one of this model was built and it was destroyed in a landing accident in 1938.
The Buzzard II proved to be a challenging subject to model, presenting some very interesting problems. Designed around an Enya .15 engine, this was my first attempt at a pusher type aircraft. As a result, a few questions needed answering before the design could be finalized. First, what would be the most practical way to make the enclosed engine accessible and at the same time have adequate cooling? The three views and photos I worked from were not very clear. It appeared that the Buzzard had a two cylinder engine with only the cylinder heads exposed to the breeze. Since the prop shaft was well above the cylinders, mounting a model engine on its side would give a poor scale effect, to say nothing of the exhaust location problems.
The only alternative was to invert the Enya .15 and completely cowl it in. Dummy cylinder heads could be added later for scale appearance if desired. To make everything completely accessible was the next problem. A full removable cowl would have been the normal approach, but then I am known to do things the hard way..."
Luton Buzzard, Flying Models, March 1984.
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