The Eastchurch Kitten – 18.5in wingspan


Built in 1917 for the RNAS as a as a prototype small shipboard scout and Zeppelin interceptor, the Port Victoria P.V.8 was more commonly known as The Eastchurch Kitten.  Woefully underpowered with its two cylinder A.B.C. Gnat 35hp motor, the Kitten never made it into production, but it does make for an interesting, simple to construct and good flying World War 1 model.

With an 18 1/2 inch wingspan, this design can be flown outdoors, or if built lightly, indoors as well.  Like most WW1 models, build the aft fuselage and tail light to minimize nose ballast and maximize flight performance.  Outdoors, this model features a steep climb to altitude followed by a gentle right-hand glide.  View a flight video of the model here.

Qualifies to fly in FAC Scale  events


Designed by noted Free Flight sport and scale model airplane designer Tom Nallen, this black and white plan includes full-sized top, side and front views of all components such that they can be built directly over the plan.  Stick and sheet balsa stock dimensions are indicated on the plan and all sheet balsa parts are printed full-size for use as templates in cutting out accurate parts to construct the model framework.  This is an Intermediate-level model to build and fly and is a good follow-on to a high wing monoplane rubber powered free flight scale model.

Model construction plan fits on a single Architectural C (18 x 24 inches)  sheet.  A second 8 1/2 x 11 sheet included cockpit patterns and cowl and rigging details.

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