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Miss America circa 1936

Old 06-23-2018, 07:50 PM
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Default Miss America circa 1936






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I've just begun building a lovely laser cut kit from Hangarone in New Zealand called Miss America, originally designed by Frank Zaic from the USA in 1936. Not much info on the internet about this vintage plane so I'm posting this as I build, perhaps it will be of interest. The model is adapted for RC and I'm putting a Saito FA-62B nitro into it. Wingspan is 7ft.

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Hey cool!
You can build a bit and while the glue's drying you can spin around and play the piano!!

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That's funny.

Here are a couple of more pics showing the wing centre section.

It slowed me down as I want to split the wing into three pieces, but will be worth the effort for ease of transportation.



Showing dihedral braces cut down to fit into the centre section - they interlock with their opposites.


Wing centre section detail.


Wing centre section - still have to do webbing, sheeting and strengthening work.
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Very nice! Will be nice to see those classic lines in the air.
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A few more build pics, got the centre section finished now, feels strong & sturdy for all those aerodynamic forces:


Completed centre section in place.


Dihedral brace joiners in centre section.



I added an extra layer of very thin ply either side of the kit's dihedral braces for extra strength.
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A bit further along now, mostly finished the horizontal & vertical stabilisers. Pretty much followed the plans for these. Here are a few more pics.



Horizontal stabiliser bits laid out ready to join.



Assembled, planed and smoothed tail feathers.
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Bread bag tag as brace while glue dries!



Bracing detail



Front end detail.



Don't have small machine screws available? Try rivets instead! (plan says steel brackets but I think x3 aluminium brackets will suffice on this old timer).



Engine bearers epoxied in place. I used pine as it's easily available in NZ, similar to spruce.



Engine bearer detail.



Rear engine bearer support.
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Getting a bit further along now, working on the engine bay etc. so here are a few more pics:



Always tricky getting angles exact on tail feathers - I used a ruler but mostly just eyes.


From the front.


Filling in the fuse-tail area.


Cardboard template to get the correct shape for the two engine bay cowl pieces.


One side on - after boiling the balsa for 5 mins or so to soften it. Curiously, the kit has 1/16" sheet for the fuse sides but then asks for & supplies 1/8" sheet for the front upper cowl. This leaves a 1/16" step that needs to be faired into the sheet below. Oh well, just another of the many fun custom mods needed.
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Figuring out how to install the tail wheel took a while. As I began to work on the DuBro steerable tail wheel I asked myself the question: why am I putting a steerable tail wheel on a vintage plane that will take off within a couple of feet? That revelation came a little late, however it should mean this baby has good ground handling & the result was satisfying!

Steerable tail wheel, linked to the rudder.


Detail of push-pull rudder controls.
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Tonic water bottle cut to shape for the windscreen. Held on with canopy glue & screws.


White stripe & star - heat-shrink covering.


Windscreen close-up details


DIY decals - inkjetprinter, scissors, hobby knife & UHU Glue.


Finished effect


Tail detail. I will seal these paper & UHU glue decals with Pactra fuel-proof sealer.


Ready for application of Pactra sealer.
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Here she is almost finished - still need to connect up the servos, add a switch, mount the RX & 6V battery pack, trim her to CG & set a throttle cut on the TX.


Ironing board was used to do all the Solarfilm transparent covering. Pactra fuel-proofer was added to all seams & decals.
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Lovely job!

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