Time Machine - Outdoor 1/2A free flight design.
Quote: - "Designed to a proven concept, the Time Machine is a balance of frame and forces intent upon performance. A 1/2A Competition Free-Flight that takes a back seat to nothing. 49in in span, for a screaming Cox Tee-Dee .049 to .051.
Since Young Don returned to the contest scene after a few years' layoff, things have gotten a lot tougher for us. One reason, besides Young Don's considerable competitive skill, is his design philosophy. He sticks with things that work rather than overly concerning himself with theoretical trivia. He is much less interested in starting new trends than he is in winning - the result is straightforward designs of which the Time Machine is a glowing example.
This design follows most of the latest popular trends: aft rudder, parabolic wing and tail, low pylon, geodetic birdcage construction, remote dethermalizer and light weight, combined with moderate (300 sq in) wing area. The climb is not the fastest and the glide is not the slowest, but the blend is deadly.
A multiple national record holder as a junior and a senior, Don, now 23, has lots of fresh techniques and ideas you will find interesting. He is too busy designing, building and flying in preparation for the Nationals to mess with writing this text, so my translation of his thoughts on construction and trimming will have to suffice... "
Time Machine, Flying Models, December 1970.
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