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Ace Whizard by Steve Swinamer

October 2018 Update: Back in 2015 you posted pictures of the Ace Whizard I was building. I finally got around to flying it this year. It flies fantastic and is so much fun, I got over 50 flights on it. Very maneuverable on rudder and elevator, nice loops and barrel rolls, stall turns are fun. Glides well as every landing is power off with the Cox Black Widow. I use the high compression head and the gray 5x3 Cox prop. Flight time is about 3 minutes. Hand launches are hand off until it gets altitude but it will also ROG on our grass field. - Steven

Steve Swinamer with Ace Simple Citabria & Whizard - Airplanes and RocketsCanadian website visitor Steve S. is an avid builder and flier of vintage model airplane designs that are powered by Cox .020 and .049 engines. He has in the past submitted building and finished photos of his Quarter Pint, So-Long, Ace Simple Citabria, and Ace Pacer models. As is evident by the many photos below and with his other models, the level of craftsmanship is quite high and so they serve as great examples to anyone in search of tips on how to properly build small R/C models.

Said Steve in his e-mail, "While not a feature in AAM, (although Ace ran lots of ads for the kits from 1974 on) I recently scratch built an Ace Whizard from plans and using the foam wings that Ace supplied with the kits*. They were rudder only but I added elevator as well and power with a Cox Black Widow .049. It's ready to fly, the engine is running well but I have to wait until spring now. I am always taken back at how overbuilt these designs were as compared by today standards, but by selecting light wood they come out at a decent weight. I guess that is why they lasted so long."

There is definitely a noticeable difference between the older model construction and modern kits. Laser cutting of the wood parts has make incorporating lightening holes and keyed joints more precise so that less material and adhesive is required for equivalent or greater strength. The pre-built wood-frame models are amazingly well engineered using almost all plywood that has been extensively lightened through use of material removal. The structures look a lot like full-size home-builts. We've come a long way, baby, as the old Virginia Slims ads used to claim!

3/4 Front View : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

3/4 Front View

Ace Whizard Magazine Ad : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Ace Whizard Magazine Ad

Foam Wing Box : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Foam Wing Box

Foam Wing : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Foam Wing

Elevator Joiner : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Elevator Joiner

Balsa Tail Surfaces : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Balsa Tail Surfaces

Servo & Pushrod Installation : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Servo & Pushrod Installation

Landing Gear : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Landing Gear

3/4 Rear View : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

3/4 Rear View

Ace Whizard Plans : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Ace Whizard Plans

Fuselage Components : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Fuselage Components

Tail Surfaces Covered : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Tail Surfaces Covered

Tail Skid : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Tail Skid

Fuselage Nose Clamped : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Fuselage Nose Clamped

Fuselage Tail Clamped : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Fuselage Tail Clamped

Fuselage Front Shaped : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Fuselage Front Shaped

Engine Compartment : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Engine Compartment

3/4 Bottom View : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

3/4 Bottom View

Tail Surface Controls : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Tail Surface Controls

Control Horns : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Control Horns

Fuselage Covered : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Fuselage Covered

Fuselage Framed : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Fuselage Framed

Servos Installed : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Servos Installed

Laser Design Service offers offer a

balsa built-up version of the foam wing.

 

 

Posted January 11, 2015

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