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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.

Secondly is I want to offer more plans (some plans will be free and others will be available for sale) and I will try to offer a new drawing once a month or so. Kind of like a monthly magazine which I think will be a lot of fun for builders and designers and plan collectors.

Thirdly is I have been the owner of a 1939 Taylorcraft for 17 years. I have been restoring it along the way slowly and surely. Family and time constraints have really slowed the project. Times are changing though, as the kids have become older now and allowed me more free time. I now have a hangar and space to work on it so I will make a blog page within wingermodels.com detailing progress of my project. Yes I am a busy guy with lots to do. Looking forward to the winter building season for both models and the Taylorcraft

BURT RUTANS QUICKIE Q1



Back in the design saddle again after a long absence. This is the latest off my drawing board.


The Quickie is the subject of an Ebook I wrote and plans for the Quickie are included. The book "Design model aircraft for fun and profit" describes my approach to drawing model aircraft with the use of Computer Aided Design. If you have ever wanted to design model aircraft, you may find this book to be both useful and interesting. It's a fun process to design, build and fly a completely new creation.

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
GWS 4 channel Spektrum receiver
GWS 10 amp speed control
E-flite 2S 7.4volt 430 mah battery
EDP Rimfire 180 brushless outrunner motor
GWS 5"x3" propeller

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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