Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some
form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle
my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which
all began in Mayo, MD
visitor Steve W. requested this short feature on the Parnell Pixie
that appeared in the June 1959 edition of American Modeler. The
Pixie was born in 1923 in response to a contest sponsored by the Daily
Mail and the
Duke of Sutherland designed to stimulate light aircraft development.
Unfortunately, the article only has a short historical perspective and a
3-view line drawing. A Google search will turn up a few sources for
plans for the Parnell Pixie.
By Douglas Rolfe
Introduced in 1923 and entered in light plane trials
held at Lympne, England, in 1923, 1924 and 1925, the Pixie was a two-seat
semi-cantilever monoplane powered with the ubiquitous Bristol Cherub engine
which developed 32 hp at maximum revs. Besides the two-seat version there
was a clipped wing Pixie powered with a geared-down motorcycle engine which
hit speeds of more than 100 mph. Pixie III of 1925 had same general configuration,
but modified tail as shown in sketch. The "III" was also convertible into
a biplane, removable top wing being of slightly smaller span and supported
by a central tubular cabane strut arrangement. - Douglas Rolfe.
Parnell Pixie Line Drawing <click for larger version>