Kit FF-21LC Aeronca 1939 Chief is a 1/22 scale, flying model that
uses the Box and Former method of simplified
construction. Pre-1942 design, eligible for Society of Antique Modelers
Built by the Aeronautical Corporation of America (AERONCA), the Chief was the last side-by-side airplane sold by the company prior to World War II. Aeronca created the first commercially successful light airplane, the Aeronca C-2/C-3 series. So basic was its design, that the pilot sat on a bare plywood board; it was known as "the flying bathtub." Aeronca went on to build more cabin airplanes, and the 1939 Chief was a far more comfortable design with increased range and a cushioned bench seat for the pilot and passenger. The airplane used a variety of power plants, the most common of which was the ubiquitous Continental C-65. Thanks to H.G. Frautschy for correcting this historic background.
This free flight rubber powered kit contains a full-size
rolled plan, building and flying instructions, hand-picked
laser cut balsa parts and balsa strip wood, FAI rubber motor, E-B propeller,
EBM thrust bearing, clear plastic and windshield template, wheels,
wire, TissueCal™ and LaserCal™ registration markings, and Easy
Built Lite tissue in red and white. You will need a building
board, hobby knife, fine
sandpaper, and glue.
Extra TissueCal™ and LaserCal markings.
A full set of markings for this kit consisting of registration markings
precut on white tissue with our laser and a small TissueCal™ printed on red tissue
with the Aeronca logo and registration number for the tail. Price: $4.95/sheet
"Your contribution, of the Aeronca Chief plans and lazer cut sheet
wood, to the 2010 Muncie FAC contest was well received. The attachment
is my version. It weighs 20 grams, as you see it, without rubber and
is slightly nose heavy. Gliding/trimming will have to wait until the
temperature gets above 25 degrees and the snow melts. With a little
luck it'll be an entrant in the "one design" event at Muncie this year. Your lazer cut balsa parts were accurate and certainly made the construction faster. Hope to see you there with your Chief. Again, many thanks for your generosity. Keep whittling," Claude Powell
Below Dave Hable flies his Aeronca Chief, Stinson Voyager, Taylorcraft, and Imp.
"I thought you might get a kick out of seeing my version of your Airknocker kit. The model finished up at 11 grams so it ought to be Hung bait." - Rich Weber
"Ann here is the 20"Aeronca Chief. It came in light at 15 grams without
the motor. The front end of the fuselage was the only difficult part of
building the plane as it curves in sharply. Using ammonia and taking my
time over a couple of days gradually pulling it in worked just fine. Hoping
for good weather to fly it soon.
I use the ammonia to soften the wood and allow it to bend.
There are some pretty sharp compound curves in the fuselage
of the Chief. The kit at first looks easy but it is not. I basically built
most of the fuselage up to the instrument panel then anchored to my building
board using right triangles to hold it in place. I then used a Q-Tip soaked
in ammonia to wet the front longerons and an additional set of right triangles
to squeeze it in a bit. I let it sit over night then repeated
again each time getting it closer to the shape I needed. Took 3 days
to do it. Pretty common practice with these little models from what I know." - John A Majane III This build was the printed wood kit. The kit is now laser cut.