Venusian Scout (oz9730)
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Venusian Scout. Unconventional control line sport model, with flying saucer styling. For Wasp .049 power.
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Update 17/09/2020: Added article, thanks to theshadow.
Quote: "An out-of-this-world job! Don't blame us if this project scares your neighbors out of their wits! Venusian Scout, by Roy Clough Jr.
Spectators come running when this action-packed A/2 disc-ship model whirls fantastically into the air.
Weird as it may be, it is in fact a rather close working model of a type of mystery craft often reported by saucer-viewers. Note the bubble canopy, the sharp fin set upon a circular main body and the rotating disc upon which the whole works rests. The only real deviations from 'scale' are the landing wheels and the projecting engine cylinder. And, since a number of saucer experts have agreed the things come from Venus, we've gone along with the gag by christening it the 'Venusian Scout.'
Best of all it is very simple to build, despite its very unusual appearance, because the body, or fuselage, is adopted from a paper plate of a common type.
Begin construction by obtaining two picnic plates of the size shown, or approximately the same. One of these will become the disc body and the other one you can slice into sections to use as templates for marking the wooden stiffening members (A, B as C) that go inside, to which the motor, wheels, controls and rotating disc are attached.
The rotating disc is cemented up from 12 pie-shaped slices of 1/2 in sheet. These pieces are so dimensioned that a reason-ably careful layout will permit cutting them all from one 3 x 36 in sheet. Put this together on a flat surface and allow to dry thoroughly before picking it up. The rim is edged with a strip of 1/2 in sq stock which has been soaked in water to permit the necessary bend. Note how the center bearing is reinforced with a small disc of plywood and wide washers. Use plenty of tough cement and let it dry sufficiently before attaching to the ship.
The rotating cups are sliced from old ping-pong balls. Since each cup is one-quarter ball, figure accordingly - you can generally get at least two cups from even a badly crushed ball. Six cups were used on the original model, but up to eight may be used if desired. Be sure that the cups are correctly placed so that the outside edge of the rotating disc turns out of the relative wind of forward mo-tion. For example, this model flies in a counter-clockwise direction, hence the disc spins clockwise as viewed from above. If you wish to fly the model clockwise, then be sure to put the cups on the other way so the disc spins counter-clockwise as viewed from above.
Although the model was originally built with a control-line holder strut we found it wasn't necessary, so this may be omitted if desired if the control lines enter the side of the body well above the rotating disk to prevent their acting upon it as a brake, by dragging if the model tilts in flight.
Strictly a novelty ship, this job is not intended for stunting, but a hot .049 or slightly larger engine will permit fairly decent loops. Happy flying, mates!"
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