Next up on the Wingermodels drawing board is an old favorite of mine. First designed in 1915, the Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" was one of a series of biplanes built by the Curtiss Aeroplane Company of Hammondsport, New York, later the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. Although the Curtiss JN series was originally produced as a training aircraft for the U.S. Army. The "Jenny" continued flying after World War I as a civil aircraft. It became the backbone of American postwar civil aviation. Thousands of surplus Jennys were sold at bargain prices to private owners (for as little as $50, geesh) in the years after the war, and became central to the barnstorming era that helped awaken America to civil aviation through much of the 1920s.
A classic aviation film of the barnstorming era called "The Great Waldo Pepper" is a must see for any aviation enthusiast. Waldo flew the Standard J-1 in the movie but there are Jenny's flown by the other characters in the film.
This project/plan will take a fair amount of work as I want it to be stand-off scale and easy building, but fairly accurate to the original. Wingspan will be 87 inches so this is a fairly big model. Stay tuned for updates :)
Just finished my latest ebook. The Whisper plan has been formatted into a an ebook with FREE plans included! Construction tips and details to help you build your own Whisper are described in the book. If you enjoy this book and find it useful/enjoyable, let me know, I'd like to do more. I think the GR-7 design I have would make a great companion book to the Whisper. If you build a Whisper and have any questions or need help just ask. As always, I enjoy seeing pics of your completed models.
WingerModels has been going through a few changes as you may have noticed. First off we have a new domain name, if you have followed us here from the previous wingermodels.rchomepage.com I do appreciate it. It has been a bit of a struggle to get the page moved and looking how I want it and it's getting better.
BURT RUTANS QUICKIE Q1
The Quickie is a Rimfire 150-180 powered lightweight flyer. The wingspan is 24.5 inches, wing area is 127 square inches and the fuselage length is 21.5 inches. The complete airframe weight ready to fly without the battery is a mere 4 ounces.
The airframe is constructed using balsa and plywood and foam.
Flying the Quickie is pretty easy - from first hand launch she flew directly away. My Quickie required a bit of elevator up trim which is not unusual for a first flight. My favorite way to fly this model is at half throttle and just cruise around the sky no higher than 10 feet. It has a very unique look in the air and I'm quite happy with it. Being so light it is really intended for calm winds. Sunset flights are beautiful and very enjoyable. If you are comfortable flying a spirited aileron controlled model, you will have no problem with the Quickie.
The components I used in the Quickie:
2 Hitec HS-35HD servos
You can download a video of the Quickie in flight in .MP4 format.
Here's a link to RCGroups discussion and some construction photos about the Quickie at RCGroups
You can download another shorter video of the Quickie in flight in .MP4 format.
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