Model Airplane News|August 2020
Model: 1/8-scale Curtiss FIIC-2 Goshawk
Designer/builder: Jeffery Fiscus
Wingspan: 44.6 in.
Wing area: 487 sq. in.
Wing loading: 17 oz./sq. ft.
Length: 31 in.
Weight: 3 lb., 10 oz.
Power: Rimfire .15 w/ 35A speed control
Battery: 3S 2200mAh LiPo
Propeller: APC 14x4
Radio: Futaba 14SG w/ S3115 servos
Model Airplane News: How did you get started in designing scale planes?
Jeffery Fiscus: I actually started designing my own models when I was a teenager. I always liked drafting and was very interested in aerodynamics. I would study plans in the magazines and adapt many of the design techniques I saw there to my own models. (Gordon Whitehead and Dave Platt are my favorite designers.) Initially, I designed and built free-flight then got into RC around 1975. I still have my original radio my Dad bought for me! I started designing sport models, mostly aerobatic types. After A&P school (I’m an aircraft mechanic by trade), I moved to Connecticut and after flying sport models for a few years, I started switching over to scale. I’ve always found the challenge of designing a workable scale model that replicates the full scale extremely rewarding. I first designed mostly .25- to .40-size WW I biplanes. After a few years, I started a larger scale Tiger Moth, a model of one I occasionally went for rides in at Old Rhinebeck. This was my first completely detailed model. It made it up to silver dope on the fabric when I stopped working on it, and ultimately I gave it away when we moved to West Virginia many years later. From this model I learned and developed many techniques that have served me well in my more recent projects.
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