SOO Modellers Smallest R/C Model, plus other things.
I asked Christian what was the smallest indoor RC model they had
flown. He said that "so far it is my 'Baby Bill' with 250 mm (10") span and a
flying weight of 5.3g including 50 mAh LiPo. I have built several versions of
Boddo's 'Old Bill' over the years - this is the smallest! A lovely flyer - but
vulnerable if anyone else is airborne... "
Thanks to Peter for majority of the
Christian went on to say:-
"We had a break from the cold
weather and snow this week - with temperatures close to freezing. This video
was taken in the early morning at around -10C, but zero wind. I had trouble
getting Tenderfoot Tom to fly indoors at the weekend (long story) - so I made a
few test flights outdoors. The loose snow on the driveway is from the night
before (we would call this a 'dusting') and I had not yet cleared it.
Mandy avoids the snow banks - including that parked car in front of the
'Tenderfoot Tom' was designed by Walt Mooney and was included in
a series of excellent beginner's models presented monthly in "American Aircraft
Modeler" during the late 60s/early 70s. Many important designers participated
in the "For the Tenderfoot" series, Bill Hannan being most prominent, perhaps.
I built many of these designs - including the 13" span rubber powered FF
version of this model 'back in the day' and it flew in circles like a control
line model - making flat turns to the left and very stable - despite the low
wing and lack of dihedral.
The stability is provided by the vertical surface area of
Tenderfoot Tom himself of course... The RC version responds well to rudder -
and banks left or right similar to a model with dihedral.
I wonder... did the UK have a similar freeflight model - using a
large profile pilot for stability???
Tenderfoot Tom ready in a mixed group, lined up for a pylon
Saturday 1st March 2014
Click for a list of plans and several articles.
Aircraft Modeler was readily available in the local shops in Peterborough
(Ontario) from 1968 thru 1970s - which was the heyday of the series. I built
many of these models but have lost all of these magazines from this period -
and have only a few plans stashed away. The Flying Funtique was one of my
favourites - and I've been looking for this plan for some time. It's a likely
candidate for micro r/c pylon races next week! The guys in your club might like
the Escondito Mosquito. The 'Baby Biplane' is also highly recommended! Here is
a scan of the plan I used for Tenderfoot Tom. Notice address stamp lower left!
A couple of days later Christian sent this 11 Mbyte .pdf file
of the original article and said "I just rec'd this from Bob Selman (BSDMicro)
in USA. Wow! This brings back memories....
Click the front page for the large
Click here for Bob Selmans BSDMicro web pages - well worth a
After its session outside in below zero temperaures
Tenderfoot Tom did get to fly indoors:-
& hats off to pilot and new member Terry B. He did a superb job of steering
Tom around inside the gym and avoiding other traffic - as it was the first time
he flew this plane.".