Two Feet - Radio control slope soarer model.
Quote: "Peter Tipping designed this unusual model as a result of an attempt to go smaller, more manoeuvrable and faster!
OK, what was the first spark of an idea, I hear you say. This occurred years ago with fellow Meon Valley Soaring Association member Alan Willcox's 'Much-a-do'. This went like a Rat-up-a-drainpipe at 28in span, 8oz AIM and one sq foot of wing area! This is all relative of course, small aircraft always look quicker. On that basis, if it's very small, it must be very quick! Well there had to be a smaller one, so why not a round figure of two feet? To keep the simplicity going let's also stay with one sq foot - that gives a six inch chord.
The Selig aerofoils came along and now was the opportunity to try the S3010 for low Renold's numbers/small models. The radio gear? Well the Sonata had to go and this left a 110mah DEAC, MB Leisurecraft micro receiver kit, which still works, and the rummage located a spare mini servo and a Futaba 133 micro. This little'un had to roll, so one was for the ailerons!
The design started round the receiver, keeping the fuselage as narrow as possible to make the most of the little wing. The depth revolved around the elevator servo so there isn't much to spare. After that, it took shape using 1/32 fuselage sides, ply at the front and 1/32 balsa at the rear, the latter being strengthened - relatively that is - with 1/16 square balsa diagonal braces glued to the sides..."
Two Feet, R/C Model World, July 1993.
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