Taylorcraft B - Rubber scale model. Wing area 104 sq in. Scale is 1/16.
Quote: "A beautiful 1930s Taylorcraft in rubber power form that should be ideal for novice or expert...
The Taylor Aircraft Company was founded in 1931 by CG Taylor, with a man named Piper as secretary and treasurer; their first airplane was a two-seat monoplane called the Cub. In 1935 Taylor and Piper split up, and in the winter that followed, Taylor designed what became known as the Taylorcraft. It was much cleaner and turned out to be about 20 mph faster than the Cub using the same power. The Taylorcraft was much more stable in turbulence, due to the NACA 23012 airfoil in contrast to the Clark Y of the Cub. The 'T-Craft', as it is commonly called, was a real floater with a 36-foot wingspan and an amazing 184 square feet of wing
area. A gross weight of 1,150 pounds gave it a wing loading of 6.2 pounds per square foot, competing with a good many sailplanes. One of the many challenges of flying the T-Craft was sticking it on the ground, which required a little more skill than for a Cub. It stalled abruptly, and went into spins more easily than other planes in its class did, yet it had an enviably low fatality record in the FAA accident report files. Two later versions of the Taylorcraft that were built were the Model B trainer and the Model B12, a more deluxe version, later updated to the BC12D. Both were given the ATC number 700.
The model presented in this article is the 'B' trainer version. It is easily recognizable by the absence of the rear quarter windows behind the door, present on other models. Our model is built to a scale of 3/4in to 1 foot, which gives a wingspan of 27in. It was designed with sport flying in mind, so no great effort was put into designing an ultra-light contest type model. The contest flyer, by using smalleer balsa sizes, laminated tips, etc, could probably reduce the weight tby an ounce or so and improve performance somewhat..."
Taylorcraft, MAN, October 1980.
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