Full size printed plans Peanut Scale " R.M.-12" it flies quite well.


Full size printed plans No material


A canard that will give a Fike or a Lacey a run for their money, if you build it light!

Full size printed plan on a sheet 11” x 17”

Five page article with building notes and photos

Peanut Scale

Wingspan 13”

Power Rubber

Canard configurations are not my favorites; I think they are oversold by their proponents. However, the three-view of this little canard design by Radu Manicatide looked as if it could be made to fly as a model and was interesting. The model might have flown directly off the drawing board, so to speak, except that the first attempt was indoors, and the model flew into a wall. The first canard, the structure of which shows clearly in the skeleton photos, was demolished. A new canard was constructed using harder balsa and a bamboo leading edge. The second attempt at flying resulted in an impact with a basketball backboard which demolished the second canard. The third canard was built as shown on the plans and has survived several impacts. The model is a little more stable than on its earlier test flights because the canard is heavier and the model's center of gravity has moved to the position shown on the plans. In spite of the large vertical fins and the deep aft body of the design, it has a slight dutch roll in flight indicating that the real airplane was probably marginal as far as directional stability is concerned.

The R.M.12 makes into an interesting peanut and has enough wing area to make it look like it might be a Fike or Lacey beater. If you can keep yours off the wall, a light propeller and a lightly constructed canard might make it so, but mine did not turn into a Fike beater although it flies quite well.


In spite of its somewhat different configuration from the more common peanuts, the model construction follows time honored building techniques.

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