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Control Line Scale Air Racer

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FRANK BEATTY admired the classic fullscale air racer Chester Special and built a 16- inch-wingspan balsa-and-tissue Comet kit of the same name while in grade school. The airplane (and the model) became a favorite subject of his and he vowed to build a better model someday.

Frank began his design by using three-views from J.H. Robinson (featured in the 1959 Aeromodeler) as his main reference. Using Brodak Piper Cream and Forest Green as the paint scheme, the model was 2½ inches:1 foot scale. Its wingspan reached 43 inches with a length of 38 inches, and the model weighed in at 6.5 pounds. A Roberts three-wire system was used to operate the engine throttle.

Frank initially had issues with the model being tail-heavy and pitch-sensitive, with the...

read more on page 47 in the June 2011 issue of Model Aviation.



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