Final Build Photos
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|Tukwila, Wa, United States|
|Model name, number, and/or variant||Owen Kampen’s ‘Skampy’|
|Wingspan/Rotor span (inches)||25 inches|
|Construction Type||Built up (wood/covering)|
|Electric Motor Brand and Model||R/C HotDeals BL-1504 brushless outrunner|
|Speed Control Brand and Model||HobbyKing 6A UBEC|
|Battery Brand and Model||Turnigy 360mA|
|Propeller (if applicable)||4×2.5 nylon, 2 blades|
|Radio System Brand and Model||Spektrum DX5e Tx, 4-channel Rx|
|Number of channels utilized||3|
|Channel functions||Throttle, Rudder, Elevator|
|Retracts or Fixed Gear||
Fixed taildragger, 1″ wooden ‘craft’ wheels
1 1/2″ toy figurine bust, no internal cockpit
|Paint, Covering or Graphics||
Top Flite ‘Econokote’: light blue, while, red, black
|Other Features or Options|
|Further Description/Back Story||
This is Owen Kampen’s little “Scampy” from the December 1967 issue of Radio Control Modeler magazine. I got a copy in the late 80s at a model club swap meet, and was so taken with the design that I had to build it right away. I did have a Cox PeeWee .020 engine then, but didn’t know anything about single-channel rudder-only control, nor did I have an Adams pulse-action actuator…and what with many other projects, this airframe ended up in my “Someday” pile. The coronavirus lockdown got me to bring it out again.
The intervening decades have seen enormous progress in developing small, light R/C components, and of course electric power. My Scampy is now rigged for 3 channels: rudder, elevator, and electronic speed control for the tiny BL-1504 brushless outrunner motor. It weighs 9 ounces with a 350mA battery…just an ounce more than the original design was supposed to weigh ‘dry’…but I bet it weighed about an ounce more with a tank of glow fuel. Videogamers will recognize the ‘superhero’ pilot I found to ‘fly’ it!
My thumbs are ‘rusty’ so I’ll put some time on a docile trainer again, before taking this sprightly little sportster up!