Full size printed plan and Article Combat plane *VOODOO* Wingspan 36” Engines .35
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Full size printed plan and Article
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National's Combat winner 'in '59' is only part of the winning record of this modelDesign
Full size printed plan om a sheet 38” x 22”
Four page article with building notes
by RILEY WOOTEN
The first thing you will probably notice about ·the Voodoo is that it uses a "flying tail" or stabilator as the control surface instead of a stabilizer and elevator as is normal practice. I first tried the flying tail in the spring of 1959 and since that time I have done quite a lot of experimenting with it. This plane is the result.
The flying tail is not a new idea, having been used on full scale aircraft for -some time. It has also been incorporated on some of Thimble-Drome's ready to fly plastic models for several years. Those of you wanting more information on the flying tail might consult the March, 1957. issue of MAN. In this issue Bill Netzeband touches on the subject in his article on stunt theory.
The Voodoo was designed as an all out competition combat plane and as such has done real well in contests. It was entered in six contests this year and won 3 firsts, 1 second and "two collision zones." An earlier version was used in winning first place in open combat at the 1959 Nationals, however it was creamed in the quarter finals and I had to finish with another design. This record, combined with the quick, rugged construction has made it very popular with the combat flyers in this area.
I do not use any engine offset and I do not use a wing tip weight in this plane yet it gives a good tug on .the lines and you can fly in almost any wind. Upwind maneuvers are no problem, even in a good breeze and you will find the Voodoo at home on any side of the circle. I think this is a must for a combat plane as it always seems .to be windy on contest day