Miss Martha. Radio control fun-fly sport model for .40 - .50 power.
Note this is a modern re-drawn plan.
Quote: "You don't have anything on the 'Miss Martha' R/C fun fly model from the 1980s on Outerzone. I created these photos [model photo & more pics 003, 004] & this PDF from sources on the internet when I couldn't find copies of the kit plans. Roughly, it has a 47 inch wing span, uses a two cycle .40-50 size motor & needs a four channel radio. I don't know who designed the Miss Martha or if it was ever kitted. I saw one fly many years ago, I can remember it being really fast for the size motor it used, I think it was a TT .36? & it was really aerobatic. Tight snap rolls, one after the other."
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Wish I had photos but back in the '80s our club (Gloucester Area Model Association) GAMA had a ball with Martha's as a club build!!!... Mine was modified to a T tail and shortened the nose 3/4" for a 4stroke .40... such a sweet flying plane!! ...as a trainer a .20 would fly it... 45 2stroke with a pipe and it would accelerate vertically!!! BillV - 21/04/2018
I have not been able to find a photo with the rudder shape shown on the plan. What is correct? See pict. on plan details. Karsten - 23/04/2018
I love my Miss Martha, built sometime in the early eighties from the plans before the kit became available. Lots of kit-built models appeared at our field, but mine was the first and is now the last. Nobody even remembers what it is. First powered by a light weight Fox 40, the engine developed a problem, it wouldn't quit using the throttle, just kept ticking along with the barrel completely closed. This presented a problem in the climb and glide event, so it was replaced with an Enya, plus tail weight to balance the heavy engine. I even won some events with old Martha, now enjoying a much deserved retirement, only flown maybe once a year. Untold engines and radios have experienced Martha's tender mercies, last test engine was an MDS 40. That stands for Mostly Dead Stick. One of those emergency landings was into the Black Hole, which wiped out the landing gear and I had to make some repairs. If this landing gear departs the plane, I'll have lots more problems than landing gear. Current test engine is an OS 46, maybe just a little too much for Martha. I had to add balance weights to the ailerons to prevent flutter. Wide open, she's now a little too much for me too, and I fly her mostly part throttle. Headed straight up, she will accelerate until quickly out of sight, however glide is like an F-104, so it doesn't take long to be back on the ground. I've since had to re-cover the wing, sunlight having turned the MonoKote brittle. Stars are from the first flight, which overshot the runway into the stubble, punching holes in the wing. Stars filled the holes. Your plans, later than mine, look accurate except for a larger rudder. Your version may need this, as mine is reluctant to spin. If you want a fun airplane, give Martha a try, a good 25 is plenty of power. [See more pics 005, 006.] DougSmith - 23/04/2018
As for the rudder, mine has has the original straight rudder, the triangle shape must have been added later. When in doubt, just use the big one and if it needs to be modified just cut it off. DougSmith - 24/04/2018
The Miss Martha was designed by me in 1979. This was in the earliest days of fun-fly competition, for which this plane was designed. The plans here are not original, but do appear to follow the original outline except for the rudder - I don't know where that came from. The original airfoil has a slight amount of reflex at the trailing edge, but had problems with flutter at high speeds. The cure for the flutter was to add counterbalances at the tips of the ailerons, which consisted of 3/32" music wire and wheel collars for weights. (the original plans showed this). The last MM I built was in the mid 80s, and had an OS 61 four stroke. The best flying ones, IMHO, were ones built very light and with an OS .32. Bob R - 03/01/2019
Thanks for adding your comment Bob. It's always really interesting to hear from the actual designer of a plan. SteveWMD - 04/01/2019
Thanks, Steve. And if anyone is wondering where the name came from, I named it after my then girlfriend. She was a little miffed when I was spending so much time working on the design, so I painted her name on the side of the prototype and started flying in fun-fly contests. I had not intended to call it the Miss Martha, but the name stuck. She must have thought it was cool to have a plane named after her. She married me in '83 and we have been together ever since. Bob Richards - 07/02/2019
That's a lovely story, Bob ♥ Say hi to Miss/ Mrs Martha from me! Mary - 16/02/2019 Add
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