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Gas Powered Airplane Kits / FFP-01
Original Model Craft Hornet|
This is the original 1939 Model Craft Hornet designed by Ray Smith.
It has a 48" wingspan and is designed as a Class A or B gas powered
aircraft, using a .049 to .15 engine. It has a wing area of 306 square
inches. Uses the Box and Former method
of construction. Our reissue contains an added insert for the port
wing. The prototype engine was the very light Atwood Phantom. It weighed
3.5 oz. and produced 1/7 hp. at 6500 rpm. The Hornet is a first-class
sport model and a potent contest airplane. Pre-1942 design, eligible
for Society of Antique Modelers (SAM) contests.
This free flight gas powered model kit contains a full size rolled
plan, instructions, hand picked printed balsa, balsa sheet wood and balsa strip wood,
laser cut aircraft grade plywood, hardwood, wire, clear sheet plastic,
and Silkspan tissue covering.
You will need a engine, fuel tank, fuel, propeller, wheels,
building board, cutting tools, wire cutters, pliers, fine sandpaper, glue, and paint.
FFP-01 Original Modelcraft Hornet
Class: Sport model
Building Skill / Flying Skill: Experienced / Experienced
photo of your model!
"... the model flies so well I have 4 of them. One at the original size and three at 137%." - Bill Allemang
"Thought you might enjoy a picture of one of your Hornet kits that
has been flying free flight for 12 years. It's powered by an Elfin
2.49cc diesel and has enjoyed contest success here in Texas, Pensacola
and the Nationals. It must have a 100 flights on it. Been a great
little flier. Covered with silk and Jap tissue trim." -
"It was challenging, yet actually fairly easy to build, as odd as that sounds. She flew right out of our hands too, no trim needed except in glide, and just one click up. Here's a few pics of my Easybuilt Hornet under construction and completed. I've built her for SAM LER competition, power is provided by an Deezil replica diesel. I maidened her today, she flies nicely, can't wait for some good thermals!! All up weight came in at a touch over 23 ounces. Thank you for a very nice kit." - Cash Hargett
See the Hornet construction photos.
See the Hornet in flight.
Balsa Model Airplane Kit, Balsa flies better.