A divisible fuselage

 

First of all, this is not an idea of mine, but by Jonathan Mead and I found it on his page http://www.jimead.f2s.com/ in the report on the same model "Flair Puppeteer". But I think the idea is so good that I would like to commemorate it here again.

 

Every model aviator knows the problem: starting from a certain size and complexity of a model one is forced to make a compromise between transportability and set-up times on the course. Especially with biplanes with complex surface tension, dismantling the surfaces becomes a challenge and often takes too much time.

 

Jonathan's idea solves the problem with one simple move, if done cleverly. You simply separate the fuselage behind the surfaces and can easily transport the plane in the car. Also, the storage is correspondingly simple and can for example be done comfortably on a wardrobe (as you can see in the pictures below).

 

I am not aware of how he has technically solved his control linkage of the tail rudder. In my own implementation, I have put emphasis on not having to separate the rudder linkage. Therefore, the servos have moved into the rear section and were installed as far forward as possible for reasons of weight distribution.

 

The tail is simply inserted with the four hooks in the fuselage and pushed down. Subsequently, a nylon screw is screwed through the cockpit, which prevents an unwanted and certainly fatal slipping up during the flight. The pilot was mounted on a small plywood board, which is held with Velcro in the fuselage.

 

The servos' electrical connections are made via an MPX plug, which has been fitted so that it can be disconnected and reconnected together with the rear of the fuselage.

The whole thing has proven to be super and is done in a jiffy.