"1/2 A" & "1/8 A" airplanes These are the small ones...more popular now than ever.

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Old 03-25-2009, 05:40 PM
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I like this little thing! Has anyone here built one or seen one go?

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p.s. needs an inverted Fora/Cyclon or piped VA tho'..
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:32 PM
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That looks like a Doubler. sig made a .15 size years ago but I have not seen one in 1\2 A size. I bet the name will help track it down.
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I have that magazine, I wanted to build that plane, but the idea of radio gear being perminently mounted in it with no hatches for access scared me away at the time, because I had to use the same gear to swap to my other planes back then.
I believe the Doubler was kitted well after the Pipsqueek plans were published. Im not sure. That would have been fun to have both at the same time. I loved my Doublers, I'm thinking this little PipSqueek may have influenced the bigger Doubler design.
It would be interesting to see if that was the case or not.
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I have that magazine, I wanted to build that plane, but the idea of radio gear being perminently mounted in it with no hatches for access scared me away at the time, because I had to use the same gear to swap to my other planes back then.
I believe the Doubler was kitted well after the Pipsqueek plans were published. Im not sure. That would have been fun to have both at the same time. I loved my Doublers, I'm thinking this little PipSqueek may have influenced the bigger Doubler design.
It would be interesting to see if that was the case or not.
I just bought a old-in-box Doubler, the original one, so I will compare the outlines and let y'all know. Maybe I'll take snaps.

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I don't see a super close resemblance to Sig's Doubler. Found a nice detailed pic here:
http://www.clarkflyers.com/photos.html Scroll down, blue plane on left column.
And a few more pics here:
http://www.altavista.com/image/resul...er&kgs=0&kls=0

I have only seen the miniature plan in the RCM plan guide. The cover photo is hot!

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The Doubler has several line drawings on the left border of the plan - of Miss Cosmic Wind and a few others, and I would say those are there for the builder's inspiration and/or to show the where designer's came from. The earliest date in the Doubler kit package is the reference to it winning the 1969 QM Nat finals. The design was featured in, um.. shoot I packed it up again and forgot already.. in a magazine with "model" in the name in 1974.

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If I'm thinking of hitting the NC Speed Rally in June... maybe I ought to build this, with the racing wing option of course which involves slicing the bottom of the rib to thin the airfoil. With a hot .15 it ought to be good for 85 or so. Lots of fuselage volume, I could fit about five modern radio sets in it.

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Built a Sig Double with an Ace rudder only unit and a Cox Golden Bee modified with a TD piston and cylinder (Black Widdow before there were Black Widdows...). It was fun to use as a trainer style plane. Had it fly away when the AA batteries went dead.
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Built a Sig Double with an Ace rudder only unit and a Cox Golden Bee modified with a TD piston and cylinder (Black Widdow before there were Black Widdows...). It was fun to use as a trainer style plane. Had it fly away when the AA batteries went dead.
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Neat - it has lots of wing and nothing odd about the layout, so no doubt with a light engine and gear it would be a real sweetheart to fly.

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Old 03-26-2009, 06:02 AM
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This is one of those PDF files that you have to rename to .PDF when you download. This file of the Pipsqueek is full scale and tiled. Enjoy.
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This is one of those PDF files that you have to rename to .PDF when you download. This file of the Pipsqueek is full scale and tiled. Enjoy.
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Way cool. My list for today includes "scan Pipsqueek" article and plans. I'll just cross that off now..

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The Pipsqueek is a nice looking plane.

I had found a copy of plan somewhere else sometime ago.

I think original size at about a 24" wingspan is too small for a TD 049 using modern radio equipment. It would have been a real handfull when it was first published and even more so at a much reduced weight today - more suitable at original size for a TD 020 and modern gear.

However, enlarge it about 25 to 30 percent and get a winspan between 30 and say 32 inches and it would be a much nicer flyer with a TD 049 or norvel (or AP) and modern gear - more power, more wing, and lighter to boot.

Ken Willard Top Dawg was another with the look and feel of the Pipsqueek (although bigger) and makes a nice flyer with modern radio gear.

Too many neat old designs and not near enough time to try them all!

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Too many neat old designs and not near enough time to try them all!
cheers, Graham in Ottawa Canada
You said it! I've inherited a couple of stacks of '60's mags to add to my own small collection, and the era from the mid '60's I'd say to the mid '70's was prolific in terms of these neat little designs. And plenty from the one-hit-wonder designers as well as the once-a-weekers like Ken Willard, Owen Kampen, et al.. I love poring over these mags on the couch with a cuppa tea. This is precisely why I jumped up at seeing hte Pipsqueek again and looking it over closely - I realized this feller had done a nice job on the design and structure.

Power? Well, I wouldn't hesitate to toss a TD or VA on it, but then I'm a bit of a twit that way. But that would not suit everyone's taste. This fellow's article might have had a few [expletive deleted]s if he had a 2 oz flight pack to work with back then instead of 2 oz servos.

I think it's 22-1/2" span. I intend to build one but not this minute. Hmm, VA .049 RC and 4 channel? 2 channel and my Christmas Fora .061? Dream on..

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Here is another PDF file that you have to rename to .PDF when you download. This file of the Top Dawg is full scale and tiled. Enjoy.
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Thanks, Gene

I've always liked the lines of the Top Dawg, but also thought it was a little too much plane for an .049. Put on a diet with a 10 to 12% airfoil, it would probably be a hoot with a .074.

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Graham,
This might be more to your likeing, from Radio modeler August 1986
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Graham,
This might be more to your likeing, from Radio modeler August 1986
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I like that!!!! Show us more!

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Skystreak, now that is a old classic control line model. I have plans for it around someplace - the larger control line version.

I agree with MJD, that would make a real nice looking 1/2a model.

And Gene posted the Top Dawg, yet another really nice old design. In fact, I had just printed out a set of plans (from Dave Fritzke's site) for the Jr. Falcon. Now you got me thinking Top Dawg which in turn led to thumbing through my stash of old model mags and digital plan stash - spent so much time reading that nothing else got done and I am not sure which one I really want to build first.

Another favourite from the old magazines was one called the "Tack Hammer" - based on a Sarpolous' Hammer design that someone scaled down for 1/2a - Flying models December 1989 plan CF816 (for those interested)

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