Archives for November 2015

Swedish Chickadee

Mountain Models Mini-Flash (circa 2003) on garage workbench

Mountain Models Mini-Flash (circa 2003) on garage workbench

We are getting settled in to our new house and I even have my new work table set up in the garage. Note the Mountain Models Mini-Flash on a pile of modeling supplies. Looking forward to getting this very nice model back in the air soon!

One of the fun items related to working on this website is the wide range of modelers I come into contact with.

Below is a nice note that came in yesterday from Stefan in Sweden, looking to purchase a set of Chickadee plans.

 

Chickadee RC model plane

Chickadee with Spektrum transmitter

The Chickadee was my first indoor electric radio control model design. I use an evolutionary approach to model aircraft design, in the sense I gain knowledge and insights from earlier models that I make, from kits or plans, and incorporate these various design elements into my aircraft layouts.
In the case of the Chickadee I had just built the Sig Demoiselle kit. I was impressed with Sig’s use of the wing construction method taking ¼ inch square balsa stock and sanding into a round dowel shape, and using these as fore and aft spars for the wing. I also gained understanding as to wing incidence settings that worked out well for this slow flyer.

This is a strong and light weight method to construct an indoor RC model’s wing. I used this technique on the Chickadee as well as the Blackburn.

I wish Stefan all the best with his build of the Chickadee and look forward to seeing some pictures of the finished model!

 

Gordon holding the Chickadee electric RC plane

Gordon holding the Chickadee electric RC plane

E-mails from yesterday:

From: Stefan
To: chickadeeplane <chickadeeplane@aol.com>
Sent: Sun, Nov 1, 2015
Subject: Re: Chickadee plans for download?
Hi Gordon,

Thank you for the plans.

Svenska Modellflygförbundet, SMFF (the Swedish version of AMA) will have a flying session next Friday at an indoor soccer field. I will try my best to have the Chickadee ready for that occasion. If not – there’s a new opportunity just after Christmas.

If I get her finished I promise to have some pictures for you.

Stefan
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Chickadee RC plane nose section

Chickadee nose section

Den 2015-11-01 19:20, chickadeeplane@aol.com skrev:

Stefan,

Dropbox link just sent, plz share any pictures, will include on my blog!

Gordon

Gordon McKay
www.ElectricPlanebyGordon.com
www.IndoorFlyingModel.com
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—–Original Message—–
From: Stefan
To: chickadeeplane
Sent: Sun, Nov 1, 2015
Subject: Re: Chickadee plans for download?
Gordon,

Thank you for your prompt answer.

The purchase is made. Thanks again for an excellent site with lots of inspiration.

Stefan

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Chickadee RC model plane front view

Chickadee RC model plane front view

Den 2015-11-01 18:10, chickadeeplane@aol.com :

Stefan,

Glad you like the site!

The PDF of the Chickadee plan is a package included with the Blackburn plan.

On www.ElectricPlanebyGordon.com click on the “Store” pull down menu, and select the Blackburn plan ($7.00). The Chickadee plan is part of this offering, and will be sent to you via e-mail.

Regards,

Gordon

Gordon McKay
www.ElectricPlanebyGordon.com
www.IndoorFlyingModel.com

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—–Original Message—–
From: Stefan
To: chickadeeplane <chickadeeplane@aol.com>
Sent: Sat, Oct 31, 2015
Subject: Chickadee plans for download?

Hello

I found your excellent site while looking for an easy built indoor

model, and I fell totally for the Chickadee. I don’t mind purchasing good
work, but I could only find the plans available as printed plans.

Therefore, I would like to ask if the plans are available as pdf-purchase to save a lot of time.

With Kindest Regards

Stefan
Sollentuna, Sweden