Full Size Printed Peanut Scale Plans CESSNA CARDINAL RG The model flew well, and was easy to trim
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CESSNA CARDINAL RG
Here's a clean, lightweight Peanut that really performs. Scale documentation is as close as your local airport.
One Full size Printed plan on a 11” x 17” sheet
Two Pages of notes and photos
By NICK DECARLlS
Although Cessna has discontinued production of the Cardinal RG, we modelers can still appreciate the 'aircraft's clean, uncluttered lines. Perhaps the most aesthetic of the Cessna singles, it features a tapered cantilever wing which most readily distinguishes the Cardinal from its brothers. I was also drawn by the propects of savings both in drag and weight afforded by the representation of the landing gear in the retracted position.
A model would offer some challenge as well. It seems as though the ideal competition Peanut had to have a fairly long fuselage and acres of wing area. Witness the profusion of Laceys and Fikes. Could a smaller and lighter ship (requiring less power) be equally or perhaps even more competitive? The first prototype was completed and detailed with color trim, as I had no intention of proving a "ghost" ship could fly well. The model flew well, and was easy to trim. The first "trial by fire" came at the 1979 Rebel Rally, where a 2-112 minute test flight was followed by two officials in the fifty second range. The Cardinal RG astounded everybody on its last official flight by flying out of sight. The timer lost it at 5:03!