Golden Era 60

Golden Era 60

I like the odd look of the Golden Era 60 when it was published in the Model Aviation magazine in 2008 so I decided that it would be my Builderís Contest entry for May 2009 (which was postponed until June 2009 meeting due to extremely heavy rains on the May meeting night). I bought the short kit from Doug at Creative Hobbies in Mendon, MA. The kit consisted of laser cut wing ribs, tail section, partial side and formers. I purchased the plans from the AMA plan service.

As you can see in the pictures, the wing was my first item to build. It called for  .260 carbon fiber rod for the leading edge to wrap around and be part of the rigid leading edge. I buy carbon fiber arrows when not in hunting season at stores like Walmart Mart and other discount stores for a buck or two each. They make great control rods also. I used them for the leading edge.

I pre-formed the ammonia soaked 1/16 sheeting and clamped it overnight to get the sharp bend of the leading edge started. The wings have a lot of sheeting and very sturdy. The magnetic building board is pretty convenient and has worked well for me.

The fuselage looks like a flying mailbox with a tail. The tail feathers are built from the laser cut short kit.

I decided I wanted to make my own cowling instead of buying one from Fiberglass Specialties. Since I didnít have a negative mold, I first formed and sanded the foam block (flower pot foam blocks) 1/16Ē less than the fuselage cross section to compensate for the thickness of the fiberglass. Then I added the wood ring engine shaft opening. I first coated the block with epoxy, cured, then laid up 2 layers of 6 oz. fiberglass. The foam was dug out as much as possible, then soaked with acetone to remove the rest from the inside. The engine cut (front and bottom) were cut in with the Dremel tool. The fiberglass was then sanded and filled the irregularities with light weight body putty, sanded smooth, primered with auto primer, wet sanded and final coat with Top Flite Luster Coat Black to match the black MonoCoat fuselage.

Itís obvious the glow plug starter has no access to the glow plug so a remote port was added to the left side of the aircraft, just in front of the MPI power switch.

My AMA number and the AMA torch logo on the wing were made using the mono coat technique shown on YouTube Mono coat 301. Hereís the web address and this works GREAT, remember, it ONLY works with Mono Coat!

It flies great with the Italian Super Tiger .61. The large flat fuselage sides work perfectly for nice long and flat knife edges. I need lots of practice with that! It lands relatively hot so I mixed in some flap with the flapperon set up and about 12% up elevator mixed in.

For my first build of this type (short kit and stick build) it was a fun and very educational build. Itís so odd looking, itís actually appealing!