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Kit PD-07 Lockheed Orion is a laser cut balsa wood kit for the serious flying competitor. Designed by Tom Nallen, the kit qualifies for FAC Scale contests and dependent on the color scheme chosen, it qualifies for Bendix Races.

The first Orion entered service with Bowen Air Lines in May 1931 and was faster than any military aircraft of that time. Designed by Richard A. Von Hake, it was the last wooden monoplane design produced by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. It was the first airliner to have retractable landing gear. The Orion used all the elements of the Lockheed Altair but included a forward top cockpit and NACA cowling. It featured an enclosed cabin with seating for six passengers.

Only one Orion survives today. Originally built as an experimental Altair with a metal fuselage in 1931, it was converted in 1934 to an Orion 9C after being damaged in a belly-landing accident. It was sold to Shell Aviation Corporation, painted in their colors and named "Shellightning". It was used by Shell's aviation manager, Jimmy Doolittle, on cross county and exhibition flights. Today the plane is located in the Swiss Transport Museum and wears red with white trim.
 
This kit includes a full-size rolled CAD drawn plan, building and flying instructions, hand-picked competition weight laser cut balsa parts and balsa strip wood, vacuum-molded canopy, exhaust and air scoop, FAI rubber, propeller, EBM thrust bearing, laser cut bond paper for the passenger windows, LaserCal™ and TissueCal™ markings for the red and white color scheme (includes TissueCal™ wing registration numbers and LaserCal™ white stripe and race numbers for fuselage, and rudder scallop precut from tissue using our laser™), and Easy Built Lite tissue in red and white. You will need a hobby knife, fine sandpaper, building board, and glue.

PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut)
Wingspan: 24 "

Class: Scale flyer 1:21
Building Skill / Flying Skill: Experienced / Experienced
Price: $44.95






markings for kit PD07 Lockheed Orion Extra LaserCal™ markings for red and white color scheme. Includes wing registration numbers, fuselage white stripe and race numbers, and rudder scallop precut from tissue using our laser. Price: $ 7.95



Optional Shellightning printed tissue covering. Shown on the prototype below. Includes precut LaserCal™ and printed TissueCal™ markings using yellow and red Esaki tissue. Price: $ 14.95



PD07 Orion vacuum molded parts Extra vacuum-molded parts. Includes canopy, exhaust and air scoop. Price: $ 6.95



 
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PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut) PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut)
PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut) PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut)
The prototype wearing optional Shellightning tissue covering. "My model weighed in at 38.8 grams with a glob of clay on the nose, trimmed for flight and modified to use a removable wing. " - Dave Niedzielski

PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut) PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut)
PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut) PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut)
PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut)
"I got the Orion in the air this past Saturday. SUPER! Flies like it was on rails. All up weight came out to 35.5g dry, using all kit wood and Easy Built tissue. With 13g of 3/16" rubber, two loops, and a 9" prop, it finishes right at .5g/sq. in. and will max in decent air on 1100 winds. I have to say, working with the Easy Built tissue was a pleasure. ... With great regret I must report that the Orion went OOS on Saturday. A routine, 1/2 winds trim flight that just kept on keeping on.... I started in on kit #2 this evening! ... And though it pains me to bow to it, I am going to fit this one with a DT." - Dave Mitchell

PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut) PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut)
PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut) PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut)
"Here are some finished model photos of my Altair. Its a fairly simple conversion, and a good flyer typically turning a minute and a half in dead air which is good enough to be competitive, at least make the last round and hope for a little air help. It uses 6 strands of 1/8th. Most model Altairs use the 1931 Army paint scheme of Ira Eaker's. I scoped the web looking for something different. My model is the one flown by Jim Goodwin Hall, who was the spokesman for the Crusaders organization, an anti-prohibition group. Note the Crusaders shield that he carried on the side of his aircraft. There were only 3 Altairs ever flown in the Bendix, several more Orions, if I remember 7." - John Donelson
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PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut)

PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut)

PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut)

PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut) PD-07 Lockheed Orion (Laser Cut)

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