February 2013 Update from Christian and the SOO Modellers in Canada.
After the success with modern R/C conversions of Bill Dean's Duo Monoplane, and more recently - two Ray Malmstrom classic designs (Skycar & Magnum), we though we'd try our hand a couple more of the great Bill Dean's classics - these from the "Eagle Book of Balsa Models'" - 1959. Copies of these plans were kindly provided to me by Gray.
Both the 'Flying Wing' and 'Canard' designs were originally
presented as 'all balsa' hand launch gliders. These
Both fly well, although the Flying Wing - with 600mm span flies much slower than the Canard, and will stay airborne at 1/2 throttle. The Canard - at 500mm span flies faster and requires a higher power setting to stay airborne.
After a rather forgettable debut last week, our 'rodent of the rafters' now seems to have the controls figured out.