Full Size Printed Plan & Building Notes FAI Combat ** SAMURAI ** Wingspan 32" Engine .15
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** SAMURAI **
FAI Combat has reached World Championship status, and as such, will receive
more attention on the local "battle fields". Be prepared, with a design that only needs you . . to win.
Full size printed plan on a sheet 41” x 17”
Seven page article with building notes
By RICH "von" LOPEZ
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the word Samurai was used to describe the Japanese aristocratic warrior caste prior to the 1700's. The Samurai were a group of fellows who studied and became experts in the martial arts. The name Samurai is well suited to the model which competes in the martial arts event of aircraft modeling. Samurai is designed for international competition and will hopefully find its way to many foreign combat arenas. I trust that all the readers of this article are aware of the fact that FAI combat now has World Championship status. This is due to the great effort put forth by the Miniature Aircraft Combat Association (MACA) and its President, Gary Frost. This will be the first ear combat has ever been flown For a World Championship title. FAI combat is the international class of combat that is dominant throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and in Canada. The United States' Fast and Slow combat events are virtually unflown in other parts of the world.
SAMURAI PROJECT HISTORY
As many of you familiar with combat already know, I along with Edmond L. Bridant, had in 1974, designed Midwest's FAI combat kit Firefly. An article on this design was published in Aero Modeller in May of 1975. The Firefly is an exceptionally good flying aircraft that has been quite successful, however, it could be better if it were to lose some weight. For this reason, I decided to start fresh with a totally different design. The Samurai, when compared to the Firefly, uses 2 less wing ribs and 2 outer center section ribs that are 3/32 rather than 1/8. The trailing edge is 11/4 inches wide tape r ing to 3/4 at the wingtips, instead of a straight 1‑1/2 inch piece. Spars on the Samurai are 3/16square spruce instead of 1/4 x 3/16 balsa.