Full size printed plans Peanut Scale Kaiser-Fleetwings XBTK-l IT IS NOTHING BUT A WINNER
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AL THOUGH THIS TORPEDO-BOMBER WAS A LOSER IN THE GOVERNMENT COMPETITION. IT IS NOTHING BUT A WINNER AS A PEANUT SCALE MODEL. LET'S GET BUILDING
Full size printed plan on a sheet 11” x 17”
Four page article with building notes and photos
By WALT MOONEY
Construction of the model follows fairly well-established conventional methods, so except for specific details the structure will be covered relatively briefly.
In 1944 work was started on four different single-seat torpedo-bombers for the U.5. Navy, the Curtiss XBTC, the Martin XBTM, the Douglas XBT2D, and the Kaiser-Fleetwings XBTK-1 KF had a contract for four flying prototypes and produced one of the nicest looking of the competitors. The Martin and Douglas went on into production but the Kaiser-Fleetwings XBTK-1 was destined to fade almost into oblivion. Perhaps this model of the XBTK-1 'will be enough interest to raise thoughts of this nice airplane from somebody associated Air Enthusiast had a three-view and two photos of the XBTK-1 in the Facts By Re- quest section. This Peanut Scale model was created from the above mentioned source. Two deviations from exact scale are: the horizontal tail size is increased, and the dihedral in the outer panels of the wing is increased. The model in the photos weighs 14 grams with a 3/32nd rubber loop twelve inches long installed. It flies quite well with this size motor indoors. The model has an eighth of an inch of washout in each of the outer wing panels, the horizontal tail is centered in its mounting slot in the vertical, and the center of gravity is one eighth of an inch forward of the main spar .. with these adjustments the model glides nearly straight with the propeller wind milling, (if the propeller stops the model glides to the right and flies in left hand circles about 25 feet in diameter under power.