|F9F Panther Plan|
Our designs are equally at home at the local sport flying field or the winner’s circle at prestigious scale events such as Top Gun and the Scale Master’s; you can add as much detail as you like. Over the years, our designs have gained the enviable reputation for being among the most “flyable” giant scale models available.
The basic structures use conventional “modeling” tools and materials such as balsa and plywood, and the techniques are straightforward; easily accomplished by anyone with previous model building experience. Most plans have separate instruction guides and building notes on the plans.
The F9F Panther plan set consists of three large sheets that clearly illustrate all structure as well as showing installation of flaps and retracts. The plan includes full-size templates for all the required parts allowing you to cut a complete “kit” before you start construction.
Inches to the foot: 1.9" - 1'
Weight: 14 - 18 lbs
Wing loading: 33 - 40 oz/sqft
Wing area: 1050 sq.in.
Wing span: 72"
Wing incidence at root: +1 degrees
Stab incidence: 0 degree
Dihedral: 1 1/2" under W8
Power: 5" fan with .91 glow or 14-18lb turbine
Washout at wing tip: 2 to 3 degrees built in with jig
Aileron throws: 5/8" up & 1/2" down
Elevator throws: 5/8" up & 5/8" down
Rudder throws: 1" to right & 1" to left
Flap degrees down: 40 - 50
Cowl length: n/a
Cowl height front: n/a
Cowl height rear: n/a
Cowl width front: n/a
Cowl width rear: n/a
Engine offset degrees: n/a
CG location: at F9
Ziroli cowls and or nose: yes
Ziroli canopy: yes
Ziroli plastic accessories: yes
Engine:5" fan with .91 glow or 14-18lb turbine
Fuel tank: 24oz square
Wing Tube: 1 1/4" X 30"
Control Horns: (2) 1/2", (1) 3/4", (1) 1"
Hinges: 15 LG flat hinges, 6 LG hinge points
Covering: 1oz fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin
Retracts Main: yes
Retracts Nose: yes
Retracts Tail: no
Main gear struts: n/a
Tail gear strut: n/a
Air Kit: yes
Wheels Main: 3 3/4"
Wheel Nose: 2 1/2"
Wheels Tail: n/a
Radio channels: 6 or more
Servos: Flaps (2) 120+oz MGBB, Ailerons (2)90+oz BB, Elevators (1)90+oz BB, Rudder (1)90+oz BB, (1)70oz BB nose wheel, Gear (1)50oz, Throttles (1)50oz BB
MG-metal gear BB-ball bearing
Our plans show either Robart retracts or struts or fixed wire gear, also available are quality landing gear made for our planes by other manufacturers such as Sierra Giant Scale, Century Jet and others. Which ever gear you choose you should have it on hand when you start construction to make any changes needed for mounting or make adjustments and check fitting. The same holds for mounting of engines other than those shown on the plan. We recommend 1oz fiberglass cloth and ZAP Z-poxy finishing resin to cover our balsa sheeted designs and Stits covering and painting System or Solartex covering on designs with open structure. Epoxy paints give best resistance to gasoline and cracking. We now carry laser cut short wood kits for our plans that contain all the parts that you would other wise have to cut by hand from balsa and plywood, it does not include sheet or stick wood. There are many kit cutters such as Precision Cut Kits that make a very fine full wood kits that contains all the sheet, stick wood and laser cut parts to build the model from our plans and fiberglass fuse versions. We now have fiberglass fuselages available for some of our designs and we are adding to the list all the time. We carry many scale items (props, RED5vinyl graphic sets, exhaust, pilots, etc.) for our designs, check our Scale Items section.