If you have been reading the Hip Pocket Aeronautics forum for awhile, you certainly remember the late John Barker (UK) and his HepCat design. I always thought it was “too new” for our FAC (and SAM) events until I read all of John Barker’s posts. He reports that a) it was published in Aeromodeler in January 1946, but the magazine was on the newsstands in December of 1945 – and he had been flying the design in 1944. So, even with the 1946 publication date, these details make it eligible for the FAC Old Time Fuselage event (and equivalent SAM event).
“Fuselage?” you say – well, yes – you see it was designed as an ROG model. It has landing gear. In fact, this may prove to be a very good Fuselage model – it is essentially a Stick model with a single spindly front landing gear. You cannot get much closer to a Stick and still remain ROG-compliant.
I took my winter-built prototype out to fly at Muncie on a windy day (15-20mph winds?) in March 2021. Even with a 3-loop motor, it showed great promise and flew surprisingly well in the gusty conditions. I upped the motor to a standard-sized 6-loop of 1/8″ motor and had several high and long hand-launched flights (I’m too wimpy to try ROG in those conditions!), the longest being a 97-second, DT-shortened flight. It was hard to get the plane properly trimmed on that day, but I am sure this will be a winner!
UPDATE! My HepCat won its first contest, on a windy day, with the only Triple-Max in the OT Fuselage event!
The short kits contains a rolled plan (new), 2 sheets of 1/16″ balsa laser-cut parts, 1 sheet of 3/32″ balsa laser-cut parts, and one sheet of 1/8″ balsa laser-cut parts.
Look in 3D-Printed-Stuff/3D-Noseblocks for a 3D printed nose block for this model, in your choice of colors.
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|Target Weight:||70 grams|
|Prop:||recommend Gollywock or similar|
|Rubber:||6 loops of 1/8″|
|Nose Bearing:||recommend Gizmo Geezer|
|Peg:||1/8″ Alum Tube|
|# of laser cut Sheets? 4
Kit? Short Kit (Plans and Laser cut wood)
Contest Winner? YES!
2021 AMA Outdoor FAC Old Time Fuselage Champion
2022 FAC Nats Old Time Fuselage Champion