Comet Racer (oz9859)


Comet Racer (oz9859) by Dan Orman 1938 - plan thumbnail

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Comet Racer. Rubber sport model.

Quote: "The Comet Racer. By Don Orman The winner of the senior gas model event at the Junior Aviators National Meet designed and flew this racer 91.4 mph at a club contest.

THIS model was designed and built for a club contest in Akron. Models of this design have been clocked at 91.4 miles per hour over a 120-foot course. A second model with slight modifications turned in a speed of 96 mph. It averaged 80 mph for seven flights over the course. Construction is remarkably simple, and should register well with beginners for this reason. Yet the high speeds it attained make it worthwhile for the more experienced.

Two types of construction have been used in the wing and tail surfaces, solid and built up. The model with the solid balsa construction turned in a slightly higher speed. While the plans have been prepared for the built-up wing and tail construction, either type is readily used. The necessary materials have been listed for both types.

The fuselage is built of 1/16in square hard balsa. First lay out the two side panels - one over the other. Cut the bracing and cement in position. Note that the top and bottom outline of the fuselage is a straight line in the side view from about a third back. Auxiliary 1/16in square braces are cemented in the nose of the model, running alongside the longerons from the fourth cross-brace forward..."

Quote: "Attached... plan for the Comet Racer by Don Orman, published in the August, 1938 edition of Air Trails. I checked, but could not find a current plan on Outerzone. There is a supplementary file of the magazine build article. Wingspan 9 inches. The designer flew it at a reported 91.4 mph. PB_guy"

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Comet Racer (oz9859) by Dan Orman 1938 - model pic

  • (oz9859)
    Comet Racer
    by Dan Orman
    from Air Trails
    August 1938 
    9in span
    Rubber F/F Racer
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 01/03/2018
    Filesize: 173KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: PB_guy
    Downloads: 601

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Hello, I was browsing for a new project and I stumbled upon a plan for a plane I built a few years ago. The only picture is from final assembly [more pics 004]. It flew Okay with a spectacular crash at its end.
DonavanD - 04/08/2019
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