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P-80 SHOOTING STAR
P-80 SHOOTING STAR

            

P-80 SHOOTING STAR
Wing span: 25 Inches
Designed By: John Bell
Description: Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star. Scale model.
Make it light to suit a Rapier L2 or L3 motor.

Ron comments about his model:

"It would certainly be a challenge to get this one to fly with a Jetex. It's rather heavy in its stock form what with all the heavy plastic parts and shaped blocks. The prototype display model weighed in at a hair under 2 oz. (57 grams). I believe that using balsa for the plastic nose, intakes, tip tanks, and exhaust, hollowing the blocks (or using sheeting), eliminating the landing gear, choosing light balsa, and minimizing the finish it would be easy to cut the weight in half.
Perhaps using vac formed parts instead of cast resin parts would be a good compromise on weight without the trouble of carving new replacement parts. It would be easy to vac form the parts in question using the cast parts as patterns".
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