Full size printed plan Vintage 1966 SEMI-SCALE CONTROL LINE STUNTER .19 to .29 P·38
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Vintage plan 1964
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P·38 SEMI·SCALE STUNT
SUPERB SEMI-SCALE CONTROL LINE STUNTER THAT CAN SATISFY THE URGE FOR CONTEST WINNER OR SHOW-OFF ON SUNDAY.
Full size printed plan on a sheet 43” x 32”
Four page article with building notes
SEMI-SCALE CONTROL LINE STUNTER
55 ½ " Wingspan
Engine.19 to .29
By BILL SUAREZ
Photos by Ron Scalera
The Fork-Tailed Devil was an appropriate nickname not lightly applied by the Luftwaffe, to the P38 Lightning, as it placed fear in the hearts of German and Japanese pilots alike, It was said to be one of the war's brilliant fighters, Powerful, fast and heavily armed, it excelled at both high altitude combat and low-level strafing duties,
After seeing many other twin boom stunters fly, I was disappointed with their performance as I noticed the problem was in the control systems. The type of control system shown here was arrived upon after much thought and experimentation. While it is a bit more work, I feel that it is the only system which will assure absolute control in a stunter of this configuration. Since the controls are the heart of any stunt ship, careful attention must be given to them. They must be absolutely bind free and must never have a spring action. The P38 was completed in early spring and was brought to the local flying site for test flights. Final dimensions worked out to 551/2 " wingspan with 610 square inches projected area and a fuselage length of 38".
The first flight of the model proved very impressive. The controls gave a positive feel, the line tension was good, and the model had a tendency to groove in all maneuvers. In fact it performed so well that I put it through the entire AMA pattern on the next flight. Landings were a breeze and pretty to watch. The procedure here is to dive the model slightly, as soon as the engine cuts, until it is a few inches off the ground. Then when the model flies on the downwind side, it will settle in with its nose slightly up. Finally the main gear touches and the nose rocks over into level position.