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Peter Miller31/07/2017 18:32:20
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Little Miss Honky Tonk was intended for RC Model World but since the tragic demise of that magazine I will be offering it to David Ashby.

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The details. 58" wing span, 650 sq inches of area, Power .40 FS to .60FS

I have an SC 52 FS in it. Very aerobatic in a civilised way. She will do consecutive square loops at half throttle. Very safe as it is impossible to make her bite.

I can tell you that the glide is amazing. On the first flight the engine died miles out over a bean field and everyone said I would be searching the beans,

The model floated on and on and made it over the threshold much to everyones amazement.

Construction follows my usual sequence so nice and simple to build. THis will suit anyone who wants to start building models from plans.

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Edited By Peter Miller on 31/07/2017 18:34:59

Dwain Dibley.01/08/2017 00:49:34
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That's a Cutie Peter.


Peter Miller01/08/2017 08:46:13
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Thanks Dwain.

Now some of the building


The fuselage is my normal balsa sides with 1/32 ply doubers.

I realised that it is easier to instal the wing mounting plate, the U/C mounts and the servo rails before fitting the bottom sheet


This is the underside of the plate for the wing hold down bolt. I admit that it is always a pain doing this up through a hole in the belly.


This is a close up of the undercarriage mount.


Top view of the servo rails and wing bolt plate. Note treblers to locate the servo rails.


The balsa tailplane platform. These days I also use a 1/32" ply doubler at the tail to spread the load in the case of a cartwheel tumble.


The top decking fitted. The wing has to be mounted to get the turtle deck over the wing fitted.

NOTE There are more detail shots on my Little Miss Honky Tonk Album.

Peter Miller02/08/2017 08:10:37
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This is my standard method of builting the cowl. By mounting the engine and fitting the spinner with the nose ring glued to it I get a perfect fir at the nose..


First stage of building the wing. It is built over the lower leading edge sheet and the rear spar capstrip


The ;leading edge sheet glued down while the wing is still on the board. This ensures that no warps can creep in.


The first wing is joined to the second wing before the second wing has its top sheet added, again ensuring a true wing with no warps


Adding the section of the fuselage top to the completed wing.


Close up of the rolled turtle deck being fitted.


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The bellcrank installation. You can use separate servos if you want. I prefer the single servo set up.


The wing tips are the simplest possible. They work fine.

Charles Smitheman02/08/2017 10:58:47
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That looks nice Peter. What is the wing section? Symmetrical or semi?

Peter Miller02/08/2017 11:40:47
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Hi Charles

It is my usual NACA 3414 which is 14% thick semisymetrical. A nice section that acts just like a fully symetrical section and is reluctant to stall suddenly.

Piers Bowlan02/08/2017 11:41:59
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That would make a great contender for the 2018 Mass Build, especially if the Ashbys could get the plan into the January edition. Lots of wing area there, what's the wing loading Peter? yes

Rob02/08/2017 11:42:07
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Yes please !!!! Telemaster on the board at the moment but have a spare TT GP42 looking for a home , this would do quite nicely.

Peter Miller02/08/2017 11:48:09
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I forget the actual wing loading at the moment but I think it is about 16 oz. per sq foot. I will confirm when I fire up my laptop! That puts it in the vinatge model class and explains the sensational glide.

Hi Rob.

Should be very civilised with that power.

These days I can't cope with very fast twitchy models so things like a bigger Ballerina suits me.

Currently building a high wing Ballerina class model Based on my old Peggy Sue. Anyone remeber that one?

Peter Miller02/08/2017 11:54:05
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Just a few more pictures on the ground

Piers Bowlan02/08/2017 12:12:19
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Great choice of colour scheme, as always. Silly question perhaps but how do you get at the wing retaining bolt as your pilot appears to be sitting on it?

Rob Ashley02/08/2017 12:55:44
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Another nice one, Peter. Just finishing off an enlarged version of your Grumpy Tigercub with 2 x OS 32s in it, some sanding and the covering left. I think the Destiny might be next after a couple of scale jobs....but this is a contender too.



sgwlm02/08/2017 13:30:29
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Silly question perhaps but how do you get at the wing retaining bolt as your pilot appears to be sitting on it?


the wing bolt looks to be screwed in from the underside, looking at the construction pics.


this plane reminds me lots of the Masterline Vandal i had many years ago, that was a superb flyer

Edited By sgwlm on 02/08/2017 13:31:22

Edited By sgwlm on 02/08/2017 13:32:05

Piers Bowlan02/08/2017 13:41:43
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Thanks sgwim, (I should have gone to specsavers!). I thought the bolt went in from the top, as in the Maricardo, - which it also reminds me of.

Peter Miller02/08/2017 18:12:23
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Yew, The both goes through from the bottom. Just a tip. It is a painto keep the screwdriver in the slot. I take a piece of brass tube just over the size of the bolt head and solder a piece of wire across it. I also solder a piece of wire as a tommy bar.

Wing loading is 15.75 oz.per sq. ft.

Glad the Tiger Cub is coming along, Should be awesome at the larger size.

Destiny a real builder's model and no mistake. I think she could do with a little more power. Mind you the FS 40 I am using is about 1000 rpm down.

kc03/08/2017 16:58:13
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Looks like another excellent design Peter. Lets hope we see it in RCME quite soon.

Yesterday Peter asked if anyone remembered his Peggy Sue design. Published in AMI July2000 Plan No 142 from Doolittle. I certainly remembered it but didn't build. It's a builders model i think with vintage style strip construction. A slightly larger version would be very interesting!

The 54 to 58 inch span seems the ideal size range - big enough to see, small enough to fit in the car easily. But if we have only pull out plans from now on will they fit on a the standard size RCME 'free' plan?

Peter Miller03/08/2017 18:22:37
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I postes Little Miss Honky Tonk off today but of course "Destiny is coming next month so I expect that it will be quite a few months before she comes out and by that time Peggy Sue Mark 2 will by ready.

Yes, As you say, vintage built up structure but very far from "vintage" performance.

It should fit in to a full size plan easily, after all if Ballerina can it is not much bigger.

Geoff Sleath03/08/2017 20:23:40
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That's a sensational paint/covering job on the wing, Peter. Or is it a decal? (I've just scanned and printed a simple one for my Fugly). I like the shoulder wing layout.


Peter Miller03/08/2017 21:03:38
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Hi Geoff.

Thati is very simple to do with Solartrim. You need two pieces of card, one to match the inner red stripe and one to match the outer one.

You use the inner one to cut a double with blue tripe and two normal red one and the outer one to cut four red ones.

Then you need a little bit to fill the inner curve at the bottom plus the stars. Job done. I reckon the whole thing only took an hour and a bit.

Mind you, in close up it is not quite as perfect looking.

kevin b03/08/2017 21:12:42
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As long as Mr Miller is still designing aeroplanes for the rest of us to build, all is well with the world.

Another nice one Peter.

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