If you are looking for a simple
stick and tissue model airplane to build, the Flying Aces Super R.O.G. fits the
bill. The fuselage is a stick like the (former) dime store Comet wind-up rubber
band models, and the empennage components are built up from 1/16" square
balsa. Interestingly, the wing ribs are made from thin bamboo strips that
are bent to an airfoil shape, which results in a high lift undercambered
cross-section. You can probably substitute medium to hard 1/16" square balsa
if bamboo is not available. If you want to stick with the original
construction, bamboo shish kebab or chop sticks are pretty cheap at Walmart.
Covering is Jap tissue. The R.O.G.'s wingspan is about 16".
The Flying Aces Super R.O.G. - Article & Plans
By Julius Unrath
Build this model according to specifications
- and then watch it tear cobwebs off the ceiling! This month we present the Flying
Aces Super R.O.G., a flying model that will grab height like a Boeing pursuit and
soar to heights like a stratosphere balloon.
Here is a model that can be built by beginners and yet it will provide a real
thrill for experts. Snappy in performance, possessing exceptionally clean lines,
the Flying Aces Super R.O.G. flies 1 1/2 minutes consistently. It grabs altitude
like a Boeing pursuit, and soars to heights never seen by a stratosphere balloon.
All you Flying Aces fans start building right away and have a real model for any
Motor Stick and Landing Gear
The motor stick, a hard piece of balsa,
1/8" x 3/16" x 12", is cut to the correct size and shape, then given a coat of dope
and sanded smooth. The fittings are then made of No. 8 piano wire and cemented in
place. The landing gear is made of No. 10 piano wire and cemented firmly to the
Two interesting views are provided of the Flying Aces Super R. O. G., the high-flying model
which we present this month. Notice the exceptionally clean lines of this snappy
The tail surfaces are built of balsa, with bamboo tips. The leading and trailing
edges are 1/16" sq. balsa, while the ribs are 1/32" x 1/16" balsa, and the tips
are 1/32" sq. bamboo. The stabilizer is covered on the bottom only and cemented
to the top of the motor stick. The rudder is covered only on the left side, and
cemented to the top of the stabilizer, with the trailing edge offset to the left
about 3/32 of an inch.
Follow these directions carefully.
The leading and trailing edges are 3/32" x 1/8" hard balsa, while the ribs and
tips are 1/32" x 3/64" bamboo. A novel method is employed for making and fitting
the ribs. Two pieces of 1/4" x 1/32" x 3 1/4" bamboo are bent to the shape of the
rib. The bamboo is then split into ribs 3/64" wide. These ribs are then fitted by
measuring from the leading edge of the rib and cutting off that part of the trailing
edge that protrudes beyond the trailing edge of the wing. This will automatically
give the wing the required taper. The wing clips are next cemented in place, and
the wing covered on the upper surface only.
The propeller is cut from a piece of hard balsa 3/8" x 3/4" x 7" to the shape
shown in the drawing, then carved so that it will turn counter-clockwise, therefore
making it a right-hand propeller.
Covering and Doping
The covering is superfine, which, due to its lightness, is excellent for this
model. Instead of using a nitrate or acetate dope - with the probability of warping
the surfaces - steam is applied, which, when dry, will tighten the covering sufficiently.
The wing is attached to the motor stick by means of the wing clips. The model is
then glided after two strands of 1/8-30 rubber have been strung between the propeller
shaft and rear hook.
Super R.O.G. Plans
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 June 5, 2021