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This model was designed as a 'first' airplane project for Italian school kids in, it appears, the early 1940s when balsa wood wasn't readily available. The design is quite problematic in the following: the wing's elliptical tip dihedral and the flying surfaces' curved outlines are difficult for beginners to construct; the horizontal and vertical tail surfaces don't appear to have any ribs; and the wing planform drawing has a sizable section removed to fit a magazine page. Too many negatives...
This plan looks good and flies like the Designer says in the Article. The Fuselage is a bit small so read the Article a few times before starting building.
One thing about plans from the UK is that the wire sizes on the plan are SWG (Standard Wire Gauge) and are not to be confused with AWG sizes. The AWG is smaller. There is a good conversion chart at www.pianosupplies.com which tells you what you need to know if necessary.
Alert is a classic 53" span pylon free flight 'gas' model, designed in the early 1940s by Michael Latorre with the present plans beautifully updated in CAD by Gene Rock. The plane sports elliptical outline flying surfaces, and a moderately high pylon to control power and glide. A Forster .29 is shown on the plans and the plane would be eligible for Old Timer events conducted by the Society of Antique Modelers (SAM). A dethermalizer isn't shown on the plans but is strongly recommended to...
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