Foote Racer (oz9706)
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Foote Racer. Free flight power model.
Quote: "THE Foote Racer is not a new airplane. It is the final version of a ship that has been developing since 1942. In previous versions it has won many contests throughout the State of California; it missed taking first place in Class B at the big State Championships at Fresno in one year by 3 secs. The following year the same ship took first place in Class B at the same contest with the highest time for all classes. It has been built and flown by a large number of modelers to test its reliability and stability. All have agreed that it is one of the most stable and best-performing ships they have ever flown.
The ship has been flown with almost every Class A and Class B engine on the market. Weighing in at 20 oz., with a Class A engine in its nose, the Racer is a floater beyond comparison. Because of its clean lines, the climb is still as good as that of most of the smaller Class A ships. With larger engines, the ship becomes a racing skyrocket. Yet its super stability characteristics will roll it out of loops and spiral dives at a truly breath-taking speed. Although faster in the glide when loaded down with additional weight, its aspect ratio of 12 still insures a float beyond comparison, and it once won a Class B event at a weight of 36oz, flying against lightly constructed ships where no weight rule was in force. This makes it an exceptionally capable airplane for the PAA-Load event, and space can be provided for a pilot for entering this event, as will be explained later.
A pop-up dethermalizer is shown on the plans and is strongly recommended to prevent lost ships. A new construction idea for the stabilizer platform strengthens the boom where most ships have a weak point. Ignition can be installed in the space forward of the PAA-Load pilot compartment, but spark ignition is not recommended, especially in Class A ships, because of the additional weight. Care should be used in selecting the wood. All 3/16in sheet should be soft. Spars should be fairly hard stock, and 1/16in sheet and 1/32in sheet should be medium. When building for the larger engines, harder wood should be used all the way through, and especially in spars..."
Foote Racer, MAN September 1950.
Direct submission to Outerzone.
Update 26/08/2018: added second article, from Model Aircraft January 1951, thanks to RFJ.
Supplementary file notes
Article, MAN, thanks to RFJ.
Article, Model Aircraft.
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