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Old Nov 21, 2014, 05:07 AM
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Miss Philadelphia V (75%) for AMPLAN Build off

Time for another entry in the AMPLAN Build Off. This one will be a scaled down version of Maxwell Bassett's 1937 Miss Philadelphia V ( or VI as they were the same design) a kit for which was produced by the Scientific Model Airplane Company in 1937.

I first read about this model in a series of three most interesting and comprehensive articles in Model Aviation September, October and November 1983 written by Dave Ritchie. These detailed Mr Bassett's modelling career in the 1930s, his Miss Philadelphia series of designs and the development of the Brown Junior engine. This combination completely dominated competition duration flying at the time and won the 1937 US Nats with a single flight of 70 minutes.

There is some dispute as to the size of the original model. The plan I have is 102" span but it is now thought that it was actually 96". My version will be 72" span so is either 70% or 75% full size

Power will be electric with rudder and elevator controls and I hope to have it flying this side of Christmas.

Ray
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Old Nov 21, 2014, 06:05 AM
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Watching with interest Ray. Quite a contrast to the two Hogs but just as interesting and historically important.
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Old Nov 21, 2014, 07:47 AM
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I've always found the Miss Philadelphia to be an interesting model for some reason. Must be the "Vintage look" along with the wire wing support and forward landing gear. Good luck with this build, Ray, and I hope you have many enjoyable flights with this "lady". I'll be watching from the sidelines.

Soft landings,

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Old Nov 21, 2014, 08:34 AM
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Very interesting model, designer, and history, Ray. I've just finished reading Max Bassett's AMA biography (all 31 pages of it ). It's basically the three articles you mention. He was quite the guy.
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Old Nov 21, 2014, 09:52 AM
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Hi Ray -

You probably know, a version of the Miss Philly was kitted by scientific models. I don't remember the wingspan on this one.

Will be watching your build...

Best Regards,

Jeff
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Old Nov 21, 2014, 10:49 AM
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Joe, Harry & Jeff (and George of course) - thank you for your interest in my build of this somewhat neglected design. I hope I can do it justice. I find researching the history of the vintage & scale models I like almost as enjoyable as actually building and flying them.

We owe those pioneers a lot - we are definitely "standing on the shoulders of giants"

A silly question. This model is usually referred to as Miss Phily yet, as in the photograph of an earlier version, Mr Bassett spelt it Miss Phila. I have also seen it written as Miss Philly. Is there a correct abbreviation of Philadelphia.

Ray
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Phila. would be an abbreviation, Philly is the local 'slang' for Philadelphia. I live a short distance from Philadelphia in South Jersey and everyone round here calls it Philly.
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Old Nov 21, 2014, 09:28 PM
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Very cool antique. Something about a wood and wire model plane. I have looked at the plan many times and may have to build one. I think I would probably buid it smaller also and fly it with a sparky motor. Don't have a brown but an Ohlsson 60 or Super Cyclone should work nicely. I will be watching your build for insperation as I seem to be in a building slump right now.
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Old Nov 22, 2014, 05:27 AM
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Good luck Ray!
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Old Nov 22, 2014, 06:56 AM
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Magic, Ray...looking forward to this one !
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Old Nov 22, 2014, 04:29 PM
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Watching, should be an interesting build.
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Old Nov 23, 2014, 04:47 AM
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Miss Philly was kitted by scientific models.
Indeed it was Jeff. This is their ad from May 1937 MAN.

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Old Nov 23, 2014, 12:10 PM
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Indeed it was Jeff. This is their ad from May 1937 MAN.

Ray
Thanks for posting those scientific ads Ray....

You probably know this as well, but Goldberg's Valkyrie came in SECOND place to the 1937 version of Miss Philly sold by scientific.

Amazing how simplicity can crush complexity sometimes

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Old Nov 23, 2014, 12:42 PM
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I think complexity is an understatement when referring to the Valkrie!

Ray, what is the airfoil on the Philly? I think I have a set of plans for this somewhere, but I'm too lazy to go look!
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