Con­struc­tion: 1/7-Scale Hawker Hind

A great-fly­ing 63-inch-span RAF bi­plane

Model Airplane News - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Dery

Aderiva­tive of the Hawker Hart, the Hind in­cor­po­rated the newly de­vel­oped Roll­sRoyce Kestrel V en­gine along with a few other re­fine­ments. The most no­table of these was the cut-down rear cock­pit, which af­forded the gun­ner more mo­bil­ity. With a com­bi­na­tion of ex­tremely clean lines and the new Rolls-Royce en­gines, these rugged bi­planes could fly 30mph faster than their con­tem­po­rary front-line Bri­tish fighters.

I chose to model this air­craft for its amaz­ing his­tory as well as its beauty. At 1/7 scale, the wing­span came out to 63 inches—a nice size to ac­com­mo­date plenty of scale de­tail but small enough to fit in the back of my car with the wings re­moved and back seats folded down. While it is a mod­est size by to­day’s stan­dards, this would be the largest bi­plane I’d have ever built. Know­ing that it wouldn’t get much air time if it proved to be a has­sle to trans­port and set up, I de­cided to keep the

plug-in wing bays to­gether with fly­ing wires at­tached when sep­a­rated from the fuse­lage. The end re­sult is a bi­plane that is IMAA (In­ter­na­tional Minia­ture Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion) le­gal and only re­quires four 4-40 screws to se­cure the wings, and it can be as­sem­bled at the field in about five min­utes.

CON­STRUC­TION

Tra­di­tional built-up balsa-and-ply con­struc­tion tech­niques are used

through­out. The power is pro­vided by an E-flite Power 32 brush­less mo­tor on three cells. The plans were made from 3-view draw­ings, and I ref­er­enced many on­line pho­tos of the full-scale ex­am­ple still be­ing flown as part of the Shut­tle­worth Col­lec­tion in Eng­land. Be­fore we start con­struc­tion, let the rum­ble of the Rolls-Royce en­gine linger in your ears. Catch a whiff of ex­haust as it hangs in the air. Sit back, close your eyes, and feel the his­tory… We are now ready to be­gin.

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