Note: This has foam wing calls for modified chipmunk foam flight I was unable to find a listing to this Co. you will have to make your own using template from wing view or modify one from today's foam wing sellers. You may also check eBay
by VIC MACALUSO
WHY THE CRUSADER? Stunt has come a long way since the Barnstormer and Profile Mustang, and today's trend is toward larger, more realistic aircraft. Seeing all the semi-scale stunt ships at the 1969 and 1970 Nats convinced me that scale-like planes are going to be around for quite some time, For that reason, I've switched from the Classic stunt ships, such as the Nobler, Smoothie, etc., to designs like the Crusader.
The Crusader was chosen because of its unique look, high wing, ventral fins, Sidewinder missiles and drop tanks-all things the ordinary stunt flier would not consider. Something completely different was what I wanted, but could it be made to fly? If a low wing with dihedral could be flown successfully, why wouldn't it also work upside down? Thus the Crusader was born.
The plane's construction is kept fairly simple through the extensive use of hollowed balsa blocks and box-type construction of the fuselage, balsa sheet for the tail surfaces and flaps, and a slightly modified foam wing. By paying particular attention 10 the selection of light wood and hollowing out the blocks as much as possible, the plane's weight should be 50 to 52 oz., about right for a good 35 engine.