Quest. Control line team racer model. McCoy 29 shown. From MAN, July 1951.
Later kitted by Berkeley.
Quote: "Replacing his famous Key (oz3046) racer, the author's Quest is a highly eficient machine, good looking, and a cinch to build. Sport fliers with a yen for realism will enjoy its steady flying.
It's about this time each year that we begin to think of the 'big' meets. What's new and what would be good for competition is uppermost in everyone's mind. Team Racing as an event is building a different type of interest and if you want to be in on this new fun, here is a model designed for the rigors of competition. Born from the experiences of long races, with the stamina to give good results for many meets, and having the weight-to-strength ratio necessary for optimum performance, the Quest will meet the stiffest demands.
The plans given are half the size of the finished model. It will not be necessary to scale them up fully. Just transfer the dimensions required onto your working balsa for most of the parts. Squares are provided for the wing tips and tail surfaces so the correct sizes and shapes can be main-tained when enlarged.
The Quest utilizes the strong type of slab side construction with blocks, top and bottom, for streamlining and roundness. This is a very practical way to make an inverted-motor airplane. To insure a good flier finish all the parts and test balance the model before gluing them in place. The proper balance and alignment are necessary for clean take-offs, good flying qualities, and controlled landings.
To begin construction, the fuselage sides can be drawn on the one-eighth of an inch balsa sheet. Cut them out and size together. Transfer the bulkheads the same way on the one-eighth of an inch ply wood and balsa and shape as indicated. The engine mounts should be made of hard wood as they will have to take most of the load. Note how they are rounded in front to meet the 1-3/4 in spinner and curved in slightly at the rear ends also. Sand or file them to shape. Drill the holes for the engine bolts, then solder the heads to two small tin plates. Glue the mounts to the slab sides first. It may be necessary to water soak the forward ends to form the proper bend. Clamp them in place until dry. Mark the position for each bulkhead and cement the sides and farmers together. The landing gear platform is a one-eighth of an inch plywood plate cut to fit. Install it now. To make certain the fuselage will be straight, bolt the engine onto the mounts; then work in the bulkheads going toward the tail.
While this first assembly is drying, the other parts can be made. Enlarge the wing to full size. In selecting the wood for your model, pick fine grain but light stock for the wing. Its size alone can cause a large increase in the finished weight if hard and heavy material is used. Two pieces will probably be needed to obtain the root chord of 6-1/4 in. Glue the pieces together lengthwise, and when dry, cut in two halves. Trace and cut the outline for each panel. Form them to a symmetrical section slightly tapering in thickness toward the tips. Cut the slot for the spar..."
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