Full size printed plans Peanut Scale "Lacey M-10" It may be ugly, but it sure do fly.
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For someone who appreciates a plane which can be built quickly and flies magnificently, the question of "why" never enters into the equation.
Full size printed plan on a sheet 11” x 17”
Two page article with building notes and photos
by Bill Warner
It may be ugly, but it sure do fly.
All in all, the Lacey is the perfect ship for the beginner in Peanut Scale. As far as the proof of the pudding goes, the model turned top time indoors under a 15-ft. ceiling at the 1974 Vegas Vultures Peanut Annual at 39 sec. ROG, and has done 2:19 outdoors, with many flights over a minute.
Ugly at first sight! When are you going to take it out of the crate? Why don't you paint it green so you can hide it in the grass? You can imagine the ribbing that homebuilt designer Joe Lacey must have to take about his M-10. Personally, I have never seen an uglier airplane, unless, of course, jets qualify. Neither have I ever seen such genius and mastery of utter simplicity in a homebuilt ship.
Lacey made the M-10 for the explicit purpose of demonstrating that anyone can, if he wants to, build a very flyable and useful airplane. His prototype is simple, tough, and suited for towing behind a VW Bug with the wing (which can take 9 Gs) pivoted 90 degree on top of the box fuselage. It weighs only 638 lb., will fly 1,000 miles on 47 gallons of gas, will do 40 mph with the nose up and 150 with it down! The plane is equipped with dual controls, a Continental C-90 engine, and—with the second seat removed—sleeps one! Joe built the original in only 400 hours. And would you believe that he even sells the plans for eight bucks? If you try real hard, you can spend more than that for some model plans!