Ace Whizard by Steve Swinamer

Canadian website visitor Steve S. is an avid builder and flier of vintage model airplane designs that are powered by Cox .020 and .049 engines. He has in the past submitted building and finished photos of his Quarter Pint, So-Long, and Ace Pacer models. As is evident by the many photos below and with his other models, the level of craftsmanship is quite high and so they serve as great examples to anyone in search of tips on how to properly build small R/C models.

Said Steve in his e-mail, "While not a feature in AAM, (although Ace ran lots of ads for the kits from 1974 on) I recently scratch built an Ace Whizard from plans and using the foam wings that Ace supplied with the kits (wing panels still available). They were rudder only but I added elevator as well and power with a Cox Black Widow .049. It's ready to fly, the engine is running well but I have to wait until spring now. I am always taken back at how overbuilt these designs were as compared by today standards, but by selecting light wood they come out at a decent weight. I guess that is why they lasted so long."

There is definitely a noticeable difference between the older model construction and modern kits. Laser cutting of the wood parts has make incorporating lightening holes and keyed joints more precise so that less material and adhesive is required for equivalent or greater strength. The pre-built wood-frame models are amazingly well engineered using almost all plywood that has been extensively lightened through use of material removal. The structures look a lot like full-size home-builts. We've come a long way, baby, as the old Virginia Slims ads used to claim!

 

3/4 Front View : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
3/4 Front View


Ace Whizard Magazine Ad : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Ace Whizard Magazine Ad


Foam Wing Box : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Foam Wing Box


Foam Wing : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Foam Wing


Elevator Joiner : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Elevator Joiner


Balsa Tail Surfaces : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Balsa Tail Surfaces


Servo & Pushrod Installation : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Servo & Pushrod Installation


Landing Gear : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Landing Gear
3/4 Rear View : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
3/4 Rear View


Ace Whizard Plans : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Ace Whizard Plans


Fuselage Components : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Fuselage Components


Tail Surfaces Covered : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Tail Surfaces Covered


Tail Skid : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Tail Skid


Fuselage Nose Clamped : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Fuselage Nose Clamped


Fuselage Tail Clamped : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Fuselage Tail Clamped


Fuselage Front Shaped : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Fuselage Front Shaped
Engine Compartment : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Engine Compartment


3/4 Bottom View : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
3/4 Bottom View


Tail Surface Controls : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Tail Surface Controls


Control Horns : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Control Horns


Fuselage Covered : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Fuselage Covered


Fuselage Framed : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Fuselage Framed


Servos Installed : Ace Whizard (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets
Servos Installed

 

 

 

 

Posted January 11, 2015