Bellanca Skyrocket (oz9925)
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Bellanca Skyrocket. Scale model for single channel RC.
Quote: "THE Skyrocket was one of the famous family of aircraft designed by Giuseppi Bellanca and descended from the Columbia, in which Chamberlin and Levine flew to Germany immediately after Lindbergh's flight to Paris. It is said that a Bellanca aircraft was Lindbergh's first choice for his epoch flight; however, he and the manufacturer were unable to come to satisfactory terms. Powered by the Wright J-5, the Skyrocket made several record flights and was a favourite of bush pilots in remote regions, because of its short-field performance and good load carrying capability.
This model is basically simple to construct, yet has character all of its own. With an .09 (1.5 cc) engine it is a stable, reliable flyer, the ideal introduction to R/C scale!
Construction. The fuselage is of the 'longeronless' variety and a good grade of medium sheet balsa should be selected for top, bottom and sides. Fuselage sides are assembled with the formers in the usual way, after binding the u/c legs to their formers. Note the 1/36 in square cabin reinforcement members. Top and bottom should be steamed to take the curves (side elevation) before fixing.
The nose of this model is built up around the bearers, using 1/2 in sheet at the sides and 1 x 1-1/2 in block for top and bottom. The amount to which top and bottom need be hollowed will depend on the engine to be used. It is shown fully hollowed in section on plan. The crankcase, likewise, is from block and the original was arranged so that the top half was removable for access to the engine and, in fact, for flying, as can be seen from the photographs. The drag ring is built up and carved to shape and secured by brackets either side which go onto the ply engine plate..."
Bellanca Skyrocket, Model Aircraft, January 1965.
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