Full size printed plans Peanut Scale "WICKNER “WICKO"" simple model fuselage
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PEANUT WICKNER “WICKO"
Whoever said you have to stick with some basic popular name designs in order to be assured of good scale flying had not reckoned with the likes of our resident Peanut Bender
Full size printed plan on a sheet 11” x 17”
Two page article with building notes and photos
The Wicko was a pre-WW II British light plane of simple construction. The fuselage was essentially a plywood box. This makes for a simple model fuselage; except for the nose, the fuselage has a simple, square cross-section. The in-line engine, with its relatively high thrust line, allows a large propeller without having to extend the landing gear beyond the scale size. The high wing allows a stable flying model with only a modest amount of dihedral. The model uses the old standard construction techniques all over, so we'll not go through a detailed construction article. Somewhat out of ordinary is the fact that the Wicko had streamlined fairings on the roots of the struts, and the landing gear leg fairings were rather thick in cross-section. These details, if you intend to put them on the model, will have to be carved from small blocks of balsa. Douglas elected to omit them, and to use a simple sheet landing gear fairing for simplicity.