I remember as a kid in
Mayo, Maryland, tying a string to the nose of my Sterling
Aeronca C-3 model and towing it behind my Huffy bicycle, up
and down the street in front of my house. It would weave and
dodge back in forth in a sort of gyrating motion a few feet
off the ground and then settle into a fairly decent landing.
Assuming the Aeronca C-3 met the same ultimate demise as most
of my models of the era, it probably succumbed to an airframe
failure after early success fed the human desire to go higher
and faster than the last time. One thing that stands out in
my mind about the Aeronca was that it was one of the most complex
models I had attempted to date - especially with building the
wing support assembly on top and adding all the flying wires.
The kit shown here was purchased on eBay a week ago. It is
yet another addition to my collection of model items I had as
a kid. None of my original equipment survived :-(
Sterling Aeronca C-3
by Sterling Models
Sterling Models' Aeronca C-3 "Collegian"
Aeronca C-3 Plans (both sides)
The AMA Plans Service offers a
full-size version of many of the plans show here at a very reasonable cost. They
will scale the plans any size for you. It is always best to buy printed plans because
my scanner versions often have distortions that can cause parts to fit poorly. Purchasing
plans also help to support the operation of the
Academy of Model Aeronautics - the #1
advocate for model aviation throughout the world. If the AMA no longer has this
plan on file, I will be glad to send you my higher resolution version.
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Posted April 5, 2015