Miss Paranoia. Radio control pylon racer model. For .15 power.
Quote: "An important part of racing is competitive 'psych'. Miss Paranoia can unnerve the most ruthless competitor, leaving a trail of fear wherever she races. By John Fotiu.
The Miss Paranoia is a highly competitive quarter-midget designed for winning contests. To win, the airplane must be fast enough to stay ahead of the pack. Equally important, it must have good slow-speed characteristics for the idle landing requirement. If the airplane stalls or is unstable at slow speed, you may not be able to race the remaining heats because of landing damage.
Tight turning is also important in cutting off precious seconds. Consequently, the wing is probably the single most important factor in designing a racer. After trying several airfoils in the past two years, I settled on a modified Stafford design, as refined by Bob Jones of the Mentor area. His basic modification to the Stafford design was to streamline the tip airfoil for less drag. This wing design has a good top end, turns tight and slows to walk-on landings.
The fuselage and tail assembly are basically just along for the ride, and should be as streamlined as possible. The Miss Paranoia has probably the least frontal area of any quarter midget yet. This is due to the lack of cowl cheeks, and utilization of the streamlined belly scoop to obtain the five-inch height requirement.
Construction is relatively simple and should present no problems.
Fuselage: The fiberglass fuselage is hand laid, using 6 oz cloth and epoxy resin. The use of double layering in areas of high stress and a soda straw rib-bing make the fuselage quite strong for its 6-1/2 oz weight. To purchase a fuselage and belly scoop send a $20.00 money order to: John Fotiu, 30820 Mayflower, Roseville, Mich. 48066.
Keep in mind that when gluing anything to the fuselage, such as the scoop, firewall, etc, epoxy must be used. Polyster resin will not stick to the fuselage.
Engine Installation: The Miss Paranoia front end was originally designed around the O.S. 15 engine. Since the ST, K&B and Taipan engines use a larger mount, considerable grinding of the mount will be necessary to fit it into the narrow nose. The engine may be mounted sideways, upright or inverted, but keep in mind that the tank center line must be even with the center line of the needle valve.
Begin the firewall installation by rough-cutting an opening for the engine. Drop in the engine mount, and bolt the engine to the mount. Now make a 1/32 plywood spacer to fit between the fuselage front and the spinner back plate. Bolt the spinner assembly in place, and tape the spinner solidly to the fuselage. Again, this may take a few trial fits because of the grinding necessary to the larger engine mounts. Cut out the firewall and drop it into position through the wing saddle open-ing. Trim the edges of the firewall..."
Miss Paranoia, American Aircraft Modeler, December 1974.
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