Full Size Printed Plans Peanut Scale 1920'S POWERED GLIDER ton of fun for peanuts with this simple, rugged model
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1920'S POWERED GLIDER
You can have a ton of fun for peanuts with this simple, rugged model with only a few cents and an evening's building time invested!
One Full size Printed plan on an 11” x 8.5” sheet
Two Pages of notes and photos
By BILL WARNER
Basically a Northrop primary glider, the ship modeled was converted by Orville Hickman of Modern Mechanics Magazine about 1929 to take advantage of the 3 h.p. Smith Motor Wheel engine. This engine, developing its fantastic power from only 38 lbs. at 2,600 R.P.M. would not take the machine off the ground, but merely served to extend the glide of the old tried and trusty primary design. Many modern designers have produced sailplanes or "avions-planeurs" which use this idea to keep planes up in the absence of thermal, ridge, or wave lift. Some even use the engine to get off the ground.