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Old 11-02-2004, 05:00 PM
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Default RE: 1/2a Models in Magazines

Here are some better pictures to add onto those above...

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Old 11-04-2004, 11:42 AM
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av8rsodt,
Wow, super addition! Thanks, i'll look for some of these. The pictures are great, lots of work to scan every one in.
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Hi all,

I'm new in this forum and I am french and my english is not very good.

I am looking for a plan of the plane named " Farman F.190 ". I read taht i can find it in the magazine " Flying Models magazine" of July 1994.

Is tehre some one can heklp me to have this paln cause i want to make a model of 1/1O

Thank you all

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I don't know what 1/2's are, but I am researching a plane that was built about 1973 and is suppose to be The Cherry by Royal. No one seems to know what it is.....and ideas? I have posted on other parts of this side.

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Old 06-20-2008, 09:29 AM
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From a recently inherited small pile of '60's RCM's:


Nov 64

Gnat Bipe, Dan McClain, a 7-1/2" span .010 bipe to compete in a local contest against Ken Willard's 8" span record mark. The early to mid .60's seemed to be a prolific period for Ken Willard, much to everyone's benefit of course.

June 65

Royal Coachman, Don Dewey, .09-.15

Nov 65

Good Neighbor, Ken Willard, .010 - pylon mounted engine and sponge rubber nose, designed not to break neighbour's windows, always a problem with dodgy small gear and urban flying.

Feb 66

Pikolo, Hoh Fang-chuin, .09-.15 high wing cabin model reminiscent of Esquires and the like

Mar 66

Tee Dee Bee, Loren Dietrich, .049

April 66

Pipsqueak, Dave Robelen, .010
Wolfmeister LR-3, Don Dewey, .049-.09 (think Stiks and DNU's)

July 66

Top Dawg, Ken Willard, .09
RCM "Name the Plane" contest design, .09. There was also a beatifully built example of this model in the collection with an OS PET .09.

Oct 66

Mo-Jo, Ed Simpson, .09
Li'l Bipe, Arthur E. Schultz, .020 - cute!
Pfiff bipe, John P. Garde, .15-.23

May 67

Profile Champ, Herman Geller, .020 (kinda ugly but functional - profile with a boxy bit on the nose, micro gear would fit easily on it now)

June '67

Tern, Chuck Anderson, .020 powered glider.





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Old 06-21-2008, 01:36 AM
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Stickied as suggested to act as a long term resource.

I built a Tern and flew it with Galloping Ghost back roughtly around the time the article came out. If anyone builds one definetly use spruce for the wing spars..... don't ask.....
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Old 06-29-2008, 07:18 PM
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Bumped because it was mentioned in another thread and I'd never run across it before.

Could be worth a stickie as a reference list of 1/2A plans and construction articles.
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Old 07-11-2008, 06:02 PM
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I've been searching for help on this one. I cannot find out who the publisher is of "Scale RC Modeler".

There is a '77 December issue I wish to have a fresh copy of a building article for a 1/2A Citabria I have a blueprint for, and just hoping I can find a back-issue or article. Two years of eBay watch list hasn't turned up anything. Any help on the publisher or the issue would be great.

The seller of the blueprint said his copies of the article were just as poor and had no other information than the hand written note of the month and year of the issue on one of the pages. This has become my best plane and having an original issue or at least a clean reproduction would be a nice way to accompany it.
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:12 AM
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Have been thinking about adding this, and want to know what the fellow 1/2a'ers think. It stays with the same idea, just adding a new area. Help the list out if you think te data is useful.

It may be time to consider adding all known 1/2a KITS to this listing of models, as well as plans from the mags. The post will then be the place to track down every known 1/2a model. It is very supprising how many 1/2a R.C. kits were out there during the time of brick receivers, full sized only servos, and huge airborne battery paks.

Any 1/2a should be allowed, as long as it was found in the magazines. That includes adds from vendors, and even the company's catalogs, as long as the known data as to year of listing, name of magazine/catalog, and page numbers where it is located are with the post.

Many worth while 1/2a models were in kit only, and may be very hard to find, but knowing the data will give everyone a chance to locate one, even help put a name to that mystery plane from fading memorys, knowing what it is should be the goal. The following should give the idea, the data was taken from a older company catalog/flyer.

Following taken from [Hobby Shack Flyer/Catalog; Vol 19, NO 1, 1990..]

[Page 16]
ACE RC
ACE WHIZARD, This kit is well known to members of this forum.
ALPHA 1/2A. 40" Span high foam wing, Lite ply Fuselage.

COX
R/C EZ BEE. 55" span trainer, two channels with single servo!

COX PT-19 FAIRCHILD RTF. {pg 20} Came with installed .049, 40" Span, 2 channel radio required.

[Page 17]
PILOT
PILOT BABY. 36.5" Span, all built up. Two channels. Another nice looking, high wing (Cessna like} model. Was also offered as a ARF version. Built and flew one of these with a Baby Bee .049 and two channels.

PITTS S2A 10. [page 21] 33" span Scale model. Although for a .10 , it is another plane that would probally fly very well with a .074-.09. 3-4 channels,314 Sq-in area.

DYNAFLITE
PIECE O' CAKE. 6' Span trainer. .049 reedie powered, two channels. 573 Sq-in Poly-Hydrl wing.

SURE FLITE ENTERPRISES
1/2A CESSNA 180 ARF. {Pg 21}. All foam Trainer. 41" span, two channels.

CHAMPION
1/2A EINDECKER. [page 22] .049 powered, all built up, two channels.


This is just a start, I know of many more that can be added. Some of these I have never seen anywhere else but mags and catalogs, much less being flown by another fellow 1/2a'er. Thats too bad as many here understand 1/2a glow is a class in itself, rewarding to say the least.

Bottom line, knowing about the model, or the plan, makes it a step closer to finding, then flying one.
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:57 PM
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I was kind of sad to see this one hasn't made the list yet. Pong 2. It was published in Flying Models in the 80's. I think Randy Randolph designed it. I think it was the first R/C model I ever scratch built and also the first model I "flew" successfully. That is, when the silly G-mark .061 would run.....





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Old 08-15-2008, 02:27 PM
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Love the E-2 Cub. Are the plans still available anywhere?

Regards

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Old 08-15-2008, 02:52 PM
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Yup. Model Aviation plans:

http://www.modelaircraft.org/plans/MAplans.aspx

Look for: 'Taylor Cub: Don Srull’s Schoolyard-Scale, 2-3 ch. For .049 50 Feb. 1981 B 00326'
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Gordon,

Yes, as noted above. The plans are still available from MA.

Don Srull is a classic designer (I believe he is retired from Grumman as an aerospace engineer if memory serves me right).

He has a number of good designs (Sparrowhawk, C-37 which are shown above in pics... as well as many Flyline kits: Bucker Jungmeister, etc.) Hurst Bowers is another classic 1/2A designer.

I have not built personally (hope to soon), a Don Srull E-2 Cub... but have flown several at local flying field in Columbus, Ohio that were TD .049/.051 powered (perfect match). Flew them 3-channel: rudder, elevator, and throttle (Ace throttle sleeve which works great).

Hope this helps,
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P.S. I have the E-2 Cub plans if you want me to make and ship you a copy.
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Gordon,

Forgot to mention that I also have most of the Flyine plans if you want copies.

Flyline: Inland Sport, Curtiss Robin, Bucker Jungmeister, Kinner Sportster, Megowcoupe, J3 Cub (.020 powered but never kitted)

Don Srull designs: Sparrowhawk, C-37, E-2, and I think that's it.

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Old 09-13-2008, 11:03 AM
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Here's a few I've scanned in from one of the old RCM plans compilations.
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Old 09-13-2008, 11:05 AM
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...and some more.
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Oops, found some more.
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Old 09-13-2008, 11:13 AM
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Default RE: 1/2a Models in Magazines

And here's a page from the RCM plans catalog supplement book with a couple of plans.

Whew, tired of scanning. Probably do some more when I have some time. Those old RCM plans catalogs are a treasure. I have 2 and used to pore over those things for hours in the "library."
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Here's a purty one.
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Old 09-13-2008, 11:40 AM
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Keep it up, Dickey...we'll raid your house!

Great you're sharing pics, so many are just short descriptions in fine print in the back of a magazine.
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D.B.;

Wow, very cool! Quite a few there I have never seen before, it really shows how the 60s-70s were 1/2a's gold era. All these were probally using brick receivers, full sized servos, and heavy airborne battery paks. 20oz or better was more or less normal back then, and the magazines were offering somthing new almost every month.

A couple of those were offered in kit form, and Ken Will. is looking right at home , so cool.

Great effort !
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Did a quick skim of the above and thought I should mention that there is newer magazine that my local hobby shop stocks that I occasionally buy one off the stand that is known as "Backyard Flier" or something like that and all it's plans are the right size just need to be converted from electric power with some choice application of some additional 1/32" and 1/64" aircraft lite ply here and there to handle the vibration of a 1/2A liquid fueled and they should all be good to go for a 0.049 or bigger engine including the cox sure-starts if your willing to put up with a little reduction in speed and vertical abilities. With a TD, Norvel, or PAW they should have as good or better performance.
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In responce to what Brian wrote a few years ago, I was a big believer and subscriber to American Modeler magazine up till the time I went into the Army.

Back in the early 1960's they had printed a few full sized plan of .020 and .010 modles that later on got kitted by Top-Flite. Like teh SchoolBoy and the SchoolGirl, and later on modifications there to.

They also published a couple twin .049 models one by Musciano (for controlline), and the other cannot remember (but was for radio gear). Got plans on both someplace here.

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Again, an old post...

But I didn't see the Name Ace Mach None . (I don't know the mag date/issue) but it was published and was an excellent mini 2 channel pattern plane (ail + Elev)
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Thanks Dickeybird,

The Shearwater and Skampy were my favourites and this really brings back memories. That WAS a golden era for 1/2A and ironically, the worst time for it because of heavy radios and batteries. Today, Parkzone offers a full, four function radio that weighs less than a half ounce or so. A more normal radio can still come in at just TWO ounces, c/w 1S LiPo and regulator. No excuse now for not building anything you want. And yeah, the electric guys are giving us kits and planes galore that just need a firewall and a bit of beefing up, here and there.

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