Luton Minor - Radio control scale model. Wingspan 43in, for 3 functions.
Quote: "THE MODEL ON THE COVER! Eric Fearnley's LUTON MINOR updated for radio control and 2.5cc...
IT WAS one of those wet, windy winter -weekends, and I wasn't in the mood to start drawing up a new project. Looking through my pile of old plans, I came across the Luton Minor (oz397), which I had designed for the Aeromodeller sixteen years ago as a free flight scale project. The simple lines and ability to take hard knocks had kept this design popular over the years and I wondered if it had possibilities as a radio 'fun model' for relaxed flying on the local beach.
I knew of one which had flown very well with single channel and a 1.5cc diesel, and I decided to take it a stage further. Three spare Kraft KP7 (metal cased) servos were produced, and it was obvious that the two would go in the fuselage quite easily. It seemed a pity not to try to get the third function in, so I decided to fit ailerons for lateral control, do without rudder, and have elevator and throttle on the other two. Owners of modern 'miniature' outfits will find that three servos will fit across the fuselage - who's for a 'full house' Minor? Pete Russell, well known in multi acrobatic circles, was not impressed. His experiences with the real aircraft were rather shattering. On take off, he thought the ailerons were not coupled up, as the response was so sluggish and the aircraft seemed to be a rudder controlled machine. I was by this time committed, so I pressed on..."
Luton Minor (R/C Conversion), Aeromodeller, December 1969.
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