The Swinamer vintage ½A model airplane
factory has turned out yet another enviable product in the form of Fred Reese's
Simple Duster, which originally appeared in the
February 1987 issue of R/C Modeler magazine. Those long, cold Canadian
winters provide ample opportunity to build up a fresh squadron of models for the
long-awaited flying season. Steven is an ardent believer in the Earthly spiritual
connectedness between mankind and the sound and smell of an .049 engine screaming
at 20,000 rpm. It is akin to the swoosh sound at launch and after-aroma of an Estes
rocket motor after a flight that a model rocketeer is drawn to.
The Simple Duster uses the famous Ace foam wing core. Ace had both a constant
chord and a tapered chord version. The Simple Duster uses the tapered chord version.
Otherwise it is a built-up balsa model with a span of 35 inches and a flying weight
of around 18 ounces when powered with an .049 engine (an unthrottled TeeDee .049
in this case) and a miniature 2-channel radio. The foam wing panels were until recently
available on eBay, but not at the moment.
Laser Design Service offers a short kit of the
Ace Simple Duster if you are not into cutting your own parts from balsa sheets,
and they also offer a
balsa built-up version of the foam wing.
RCM article can be found here. You can look for
a hard copy of the
November 1984 R/C Modeler on eBay. Plans
for the Das Not Ugly and for the
Simple Duster can be downloaded from the OuterZone website.
R/C Modeler Magazine Article
Click for full-sized plans
The fellow Canadian ½A aficionado
responsible for Steven's addiction
Nice hatch frame!
Completed, uncovered fuselage
Built-up canopy construction
Fuselage sides with formers
Fuselage & wings ready for
* See Steven's Bee-Tween,
Ace Whizard, Simple
Citabria, Simple Duster,
Ace Pacer models.
Posted April 20, 2019