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Old Aug 12, 2014, 07:12 PM
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Walt Musciano's Classy Gassy for AMPLAN Build Off

I've admired this design for many years, and the YankPlan build-off gives me some incentive to finally build this little ship. Musciano published this model in sizes ranging from 32 inch span (as presented in his 1952 book "The Model Plane Manual") to 72 inches. Mine will be scaled to about 40 inches and probably E-powered.

The photos are actually of the Pee Wee Pal, which was almost identical to the Gassy. It should be a straightforward build, though the twin rudders might be some fiddly work....
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Old Aug 12, 2014, 10:35 PM
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Brokenspar -

NICE - can't wait to see this one...

Best Regards,

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Old Aug 13, 2014, 01:21 AM
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This should be great!

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Old Aug 13, 2014, 01:22 AM
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Welcome to the build off bs, should be nice and I'm keen to see how you deal with the twin rudders. One of the neatest schemes I have seen was that used by the late Geoff Dunmore on his conversion of his original Wyvern F/F - see http://www.antiquemodeler.org/sam_ne...sets/dt162.pdf
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Old Aug 13, 2014, 02:21 AM
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Watching !!

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Old Aug 13, 2014, 11:33 AM
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Thanks, all.

Sundancer, I like the Geoff Dunmore rudder idea, very clever. Thanks for the tip.
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Old Aug 14, 2014, 01:22 AM
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Brokenspar -- I will be following with great interest. That Walt Musciano book was in our town library, and I frequently checked it out to scale up the plans on brown paper grocery sacks. The Glassy Gassy was my first gas free flight. Surprisingly, after being built from the hand scaled plans, it had a terrific glide. I took it out to my Grandmothers's wheat field, and it had a great start, but I had yet to learn about right thrust and I got a very nasty left downward spiral into the ground. I have corresponded with Walt about the design, and he sent me a copy of PeeWee Pal and I was able to obtain the magazine in which it was published. He also told me a harrowing story about how his first Classy Gassy, a much larger model escaped a harrowing first flight including a trip across a freeway. I treasure that letter, as I do the design.

I have saved that twin rudder arrangement from the newsletter posted by Sundancer, and subsequently, I have followed the Laumer Twin Lizzie thread on this site, which shows an excellent alternate approach.

I wish you all the best with your build.

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Old Aug 14, 2014, 10:26 AM
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Thanks, Pete G! That book was in my public library too, and I read it numerous times. The Classy Gassy has been on my build list since 1967.

I checked into the Twin Lizzie thread; that's another nice little ship, as are most of Keith Laumer's designs. So many models to choose from.....
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Old Aug 26, 2014, 09:48 AM
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Have you started? Looks like it will be a real floater.
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Old Aug 26, 2014, 10:39 AM
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Have you started? Looks like it will be a real floater.
Hopefully he won't have started yet John - Start date is September 1st.
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Old Aug 26, 2014, 02:20 PM
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I'm "chompin' at the bit". The man-cave will be a busy place on Sept 1st!
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 10:05 AM
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brokenspar and SD, thanks for the reminder. I hadn't really planned on a build, but then the reminder, " can't start until Sept." sort of gave me a little push (over the top). I like twin rudders too (my P38), but then the bucket list is long.
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Old Sep 03, 2014, 01:12 PM
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I'm a few days late out of the gate, but here goes: Printed out rib and fuselage side patterns, then started cutting parts. I'll be changing the wing structure from a single deep spar to a pair of smaller top and bottom spars with shear webbing.
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Old Sep 03, 2014, 01:54 PM
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Sensible change on the spar set-up bs. I was sorely tempted to do the same on my Airknocker, but went for the alternative of a laminated spar in the end.
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Old Sep 04, 2014, 01:31 AM
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Still going with 40" span ?? Am thinking of using 50" and two wheel landing gear.

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