Originally Posted by Ah Clem
Scientific Red Devil with a Golden Bee .049.
That was a classic. I took my brother's Scientific Li'l Devil and refinished it. That was in high school in the late 1960's. Back then, I was more of a builder than a flyer.
The 1/2-A's were fun to build and fun to develop a smooth, light, grainless finish. We were living on the Leeward (west) side of the Island of Oahu (where Honolulu is) in Hawaii. Then, they almost always had a 10 to 15 MPH (16 - 26 kmh) tradewind breeze, with very small windows of opportunity (calm air) on some days. Half-A flying usually ended in disaster, because they had poor wind penetration. It wasn't until I entered the working world and was living stateside, that I had successful flights (Sterling Beginner's Eindecker w/Cox .049).
I mentioned earlier the Sterling P-51 with .19 McCoy Red Head. It was my first big C/L. It had much better wind penetration, and better glide during engine cut out. Plus, it didn't spin me as dizzy flying on longer lines as the half-A's did on shorter lines.
If I find plans, I might one day remodel that one.