power for model airplanes gained a lot of popularity in the 1950s
and throughout the 1960s and then waned for some reason in the 1970s.
The same cycle was exhibited in Jetex type engines. CO2 engines
run off a cylinder of compressed carbon dioxide gas. A metal tube
feeds the top of the cylinder where a metal ball under pressure
from the gas seals off the cylinder until the piston pushes up on
it. Doing so forces the piston down to where the gas is ejected
at the exhaust port. Momentum from the propeller mass swings the
piston back to the top of the cylinder where it once again opens
the ball valve to start the cycle all over again.
CO2-Powered Free-Flight" article from the February 1970
American Aircraft Modeler and "CO2
Power Is Coming Back" in the April 1969 American Aircraft Modeler.
Here is a link to my DP-03
Fizz-Wizz CO2-Powered model Airplane
approach to real ''gas'' flight designing utilizes Herkimer's C0-2
By Aubrey Kochman
With Herkimer Tool &
Model Works' CO2 engine
again in production here's a plane designed expressly for this novel
The challenge of CO2
designing is as rewarding as the flights attainable with this engine.
Shallow climbing turns and graceful glides to perfect three-point
landings bring back the realism so long missing from free flight.
And no noise to bother your neighbors!
The engine maker
offers rough limits for a suitable model suggesting wing area be
between 115 and 165 square inches - our Fizz-Wizz has 135. Allowable
"bare" model weight of up to 5 ounces (less engine, metal fuel cartridge,
cartridge holder, fuel line tubing and propeller) in our opinion
is too high. Structurally Fizz-Wizz has more than adequate strength
yet weighs in at a low 2 1/2 ounces (5 with engine and accessories
ready to fly).
Since air temperature plays a part in the
power output of this engine hot performance in cold weather is not
to be expected. Fizz-Wizz is meant to be a realistic sport model
rather than a high performance contest flyer. Test flights indicated,
however, that under ideal conditions (3 to 5-mph winds, temperature
above 80 degrees) Fizz-Wizz with a little additional trimming should
turn in some really respectable durations.
construction bear in mind the weight and temperature factors. Cold
weather operations call for the use of the lightest possible balsa.
For those who year-around enjoy warm temperatures some additional
weight can be tolerated ... although it is not recommended.
If you use light balsa your model should balance as indicated.
The cartridge holder location and its angle keep the plane's C.G.
from shifting as the cartridge empties. There is slightly over an
ounce difference between a full and an empty cylinder.
the tail surfaces last as a means of balancing the model. Should
the model turn out nose heavy, use a heavier grade of balsa for
the rudder or stabilizer or eliminate the cutouts in either or both
surfaces. For tail heaviness reverse the procedure ... use very
light balsa, make the cutouts larger and apply a minimum amount
Begin fuselage construction by cutting the two side pieces to shape;
4" wide sheet balsa was used. With some careful planning both sides
can be obtained from a single sheet. Cut off the "power-pod" section
and put the pieces aside where they won't be used by mistake for
formers. Cut out all formers and check that F1 through F6 are all
the same width ... F10 and F11 should also be of this same width.
F1, F2, F10 and F11 should also be set aside with "power-pod" sheets.
Loading a carbon dioxide fuel cartridge into Fizz-Wizz "power-pod"
is easy. Little chance of kinking or fracturing brass tube
which carries gas to C0-2 engine.
Attaching "power-pod" to fuselage. Full size working drawings
for Fizz-Wizz and Wizzo-Won are on Hobby Helpers' Group
Plan # 362.
Assemble fuselage by cementing both sides to F5 and F6.
Draw tail together, check that fuselage is true along center line
seen from the top. Cement tail together, add remaining formers.
Sheet cover top and bottom with grain running lengthwise - moistening
underside of top sheet with water between F6 and F7 will make this
bend possible. Water moisten outside of side pieces between F3 and
F5 and apply a coat of cement to the inside. As cement dries and
with a little assistance on your part the side sheets should assume
their proper curve. Cement F3 in place, trim side sheets so they
butt together. Cement in appropriate lengths of 1/16" x 3/16" so
half their width extends into the "power-pod" section. These strips
act as guides or keys to hold pod from shifting.
constructing the "power-pod" ... a word of explanation. The standard
way of loading a CO2 cartridge has been by pulling the
holder down through a hole in the fuselage bottom. Because the brass
tubing through which the CO2
flows, although flexible, is quite stiff we felt that the less bending
required during the loading operation, the less chance there would
be for a kinked or fractured tube. Our "power-pod" eliminates these
possibilities. Since the lower end of the cartridge holder and thumbscrew
extend outside the fuselage, the cartridge may be replaced and plane
assembled for flight without your having to launch the model immediately.
Then, too, the cartridge can be pierced properly but the
thumbscrew not backed off enough so that gas flows to the engine.
With cartridge completely enclosed, it is necessary in such designs
to disassemble the model to make the necessary adjustment.
This powerplant can operate clockwise or counter clockwise.
Should the engine fire up backwards you don't have to grab the prop
with your hand, just stop it by tightening the thumbscrew.
But enough of this ... back to construction. Make F10 by cementing
the two pieces together - with grain crossed at 90 degrees: Bend
landing gear to shape as shown on front view and bind it to F10
using strong thread and plenty of cement. Mounting holes for engine
should be drilled in F1 and mounting nuts secured to rear of former.
"Devcon" 2-ton epoxy glue does a good job of holding metal to wood,
eliminating the need of soldering the nuts to a metal plate. This
glue takes overnight to harden. An alternate method would be to
mount the engine with small wood screws. With no glow fuel to slosh
around the engine compartment, and barring hard knocks, this latter
type mounting should prove adequate.
Make cartridge holder
bed F11 and assemble "power-pod." Check that it mates properly with
the main fuselage. Water condensation forms on the outside of the
spent cartridge so waterproof the inside of the pod by applying
at least 3 coats of clear dope. The cartridge holder is bound to
the 1/8" x 14" strip and F11 with strong thread and cement. Lower
end of holder was cemented to the bed using the 2-Ton glue.
wing, quite simple, is built in halves. It is assembled with a dihedral
brace and short lengths of spar stock to form the flat center section.
The 1/16" sheet tip outline should be level with the top spar. Light
construction dictates that all parts fit properly before cementing.
Don't rely on cement to fill spaces between poorly fitting parts.
As cement dries and shrinks over a period of days, it could pull
misshapen parts out of alignment. And this type of built-in warp
is the most difficult to eliminate.
With construction completed
go over entire framework with fine sandpaper, then make sure all
joints are strong. Apply a coat of clear dope to all framework and
allow to dry. Another light sanding may be necessary to take down
the fuzz raised by the dope.
To keep weight low entire model
is covered with colored Jap tissue. Remove any warps that occur
during the covering-doping process. The stabilizer requires constant
vigil; should it show a tendency to bow or curl, pin it to a flat
surface until thoroughly dry - preferably overnight.
tail surfaces may be cemented permanently in place or held to the
fuselage with light rubber bands. Latter makes flight trimming easier.
First flights should be on a calm day. Make test glides
with the cartridge in place. Stalls can be dampened out by adding
some positive incidence to the stabilizer. However, if more than
1/16" positive is required add weight to the nose instead.
For warm weather testing (above 75 degrees) don't launch the
model until the initial burst of power has subsided. Then if all
goes well, subsequent full power flights are okay.
weather requires that the model be launched as quickly as possible,
even on first flights. Hold the model in launching position and
have a helper flip the prop so that no time is lost in the plane
getting airborne. The CO2 engine develops most power
as soon as the prop is flipped and diminishes thereafter so considerable
altitude can be gained by this quick-launch method.
Fizz-Wizz CO2-Powered Model Airplane
"Fizz-Wizz" Materials (Balsa unless
Two pieces 1/16" x 4" x 36"; (1) 1/32" x
3" x 36"; (1) 1/16" x 3" x 36"; (2) 1/8" x 1/8" x 36"; (2) 1/16"
x 1/16" x 36"; (1) 1/16" x 1/8" x 36"; (1) 1/8" x 5/8" x 36" tapered
trailing edge stock.
Also: 1/8" plywood; 1/8" dia. birch
dowels; 1/16" dia. music wire; 1/32" dia. music wire; 1 pr. #3 Trexler
wheels; cement; clear dope; colored Jap tissue; celluloid.
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Posted September 2, 2013