Full Size Printed Plan & Building Notes Slow Combat "Clipper" Wingspan 35" Engine .35
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Full Size Printed Plan & Building Notes
No material plans only
FULL SIZE PLANS PRINTED ON a SHEET 44" x 30"
FIVE PAGES OF PHOTOS, and CONSTRUTION NOTES
by William Wiley
Text and Photos. Dick Mathis
While some "real" Combat fliers still refer to Slow Combat as "little boy combat," the competition has become as fierce as any. Imaginative design work, as in any new, relatively unrestricted event, is beginning to crop up all around. The requirements of a good Slow Combat are unique. It is important that as many of the good ideas as possible are spread around the country. More Slow Combat designs should be published.
Willy Wiley's "Clipper" is such a design. In its twelve month development period, it has become quite popular in the North Texas area and racked up an impressive series of wins against stout Texas‑style competition. Over twenty have been built, so refinement has been rapid.
After beginning with a "Sneeker" wing, two more variations were tried before the present thin airfoil, highly asymmetrical one was settled upon. The reason for such a long inboard panel is Willy considers line tension of utmost importance.
Another feature is the super huge elevator. Slow Combats suffer from nose heaviness, owing to the necessity of mounting the engine 'way out in front of the wing with a tank in between, so lots of elevator power is needed.
Crash resistance is important too. because dings are quite frequent, so the crashability of the "Clipper" has been improved quite a bit with detail refine