1912 Blackburn CAD Plan

 

I added a page today on my CAD plan for the 1912 Blackburn Type D Monoplane. Check out the discussion and video here.

Front view of the Blackburn monoplane

Front view of the Blackburn monoplane

The Blackburn is one of my favorite designs. The aircraft is one of the earliest British designs. The original crashed in 1914 and was forgotten until discovered in a barn in 1938. Fully restored, the Blackburn flies as part of the Shuttleworth Collection, and remains the oldest airworthy British aircraft.

Detail of the Blackburn underside

Detail of the Blackburn underside

The Blackburn is easy to build from balsa and plywood. The design uses a plywood fuselage frame to mount the engine, battery, landing year, electronics and wing tubes. The rest of the structure is essentially built around this frame, offering an innovative method to add strength with a minimum of weight.

The Blackburn RC model uses three channels of control for rudder, elevator and throttle. The wings offer plenty of surface area for slow and relaxing flights. The model makes for a perfect first build of a scale RC airplane.

Full scale Blackburn Monoplane touching down

Full scale Blackburn Monoplane touching down

The popularity of the full scale Blackburn Type D leads to all sorts of pictures and videos on the internet from which you can detail your variant. Several modelers have shared pictures with me of their Blackburn. One RC pilot from the Netherlands constructed his Blackburn from foam.  All of the builds look great and fly exceptionally well.

CAD plans are available here for the Blackburn. The plans are on 8.5 by 11 inch paper, with enlargement ratios shown on the plans. I’ll also send you the CAD files. You will need a CAD program installed on your computer to access these files, but this will allow you to print a full size copy directly with a plotter.

 

Nose detail of the Blackburn RC model plane

Nose detail of the Blackburn RC model plane