This month we feature an A6 class indoor model aircraft built by Jeff Renz.
Jeff has nicknamed his plane the “Hodge Podge”. He explains the name by pointing out that this particular model was made from several iterations of an A6 design and a culmination of ideas from Tem Johnson’s “Dream Catcher”, Gary Hotson’s “Wart” and Emil Schutzel’s A6 prop style… i.e. Hodson /Gowen which flex’s under high torque loads.
The fuselage is a holdover from the 2007 era, the wing is from 2010, and the prop is from 2014. He considers it still a work in progress. He admits that the wire bearing is too tall, but “It was my first attempt at making a wire bearing”. (For those of us unfamiliar with the parts of indoor aircraft, the bearing is the wire loopy thing-a-ma-gig that holds the propeller shaft). The plane weighs 1.28 grams. Rubber motor used is a 17″ loop at .034 wide. Its max flight was a NATS (Academy of Model Aeronautics) 6:41, It made a 4:54 at the Osawatomie gym, Osawatomie, KS. The plane is a lot of fun and is generally predictable.
Below is a YouTube video of a recent flight of the “Hodge Podge” at the Osawatomie gym Feb. 4th 2017. The time was 3:51.
Great job Jeff . Below is a gallery of photos of the “Hodge Podge A6. Click on any of the photos and a Slide show starts. Hit the Esc or escape key on the keyboard to return.
If you liked this “Model Aircraft of the Month” here is a list of the latest installments:
Evan Guyett’s F1D Indoor Model Aircraft — Feb 2018 Model Aircraft of the Month
Oct 2017 Model Aircraft of the Month — Lynn Chaffee’s Aircraft Models
Feb 2017 Model Aircraft of the Month — Jeff Renz’s A6 Indoor Model Aircraft
Jan 2017 Model Aircraft of the Month — Gary Hodson’s “Peanut Scale” 1926 Stout Ford Monoplane
Nov 2016 Model Aircraft of the Month — Mike Basta’s 1995 “Souper P-30”