The Z Projekt
From my perspective the Bf 109 has always been one of the most interesting Axis aircraft of WW2. Most of the following info has been dug up from references in my personal library
History of the aircraft
The Messerschmitt development department received a directive in
1942 to begin work on a Zerstörer (destroyer, or heavy fighter). An
earlier RLM directive of 1941 had tried to limit the amount of new designs
coming from the major aircraft companies (to not disrupt the production lines
with new aircraft), so it was decided to couple two Bf 109 fuselages together,
along with a new center wing and tailplane section, to come up with the Bf 109Z
(Zwilling, or twin).
109Z-1 Performance Data
Why I'm building it
I think its bound to not have many planes like it at the field anytime I take it out to fly. The added bonus of building this plane is that it does get over the narrow gear stance issues of the regular Bf 109 models. A great deal of complicity in pushing me over the top in doing this one goes to two people. Ty Brown, some may recognize him as a guy who shows up on a couple popular RC websites posting pix of his projects and answering all the questions about Meister Scale products. You couldn't ask for a nicer guy to help you out. The other guilty party would be Craig Lovell. I can't say too much about Craig without fear of setting off corporate censor software (just kidding). He threw down the gauntlet by uttering "I double dog dare you". I know it says a lot about my will power.
What I'm building
So now that I'm done fooling around and assigning blame where appropriate, what am I building?
Its based on the Meister Scale 84" 109 plan using laser cut parts from Trillium Balsa via Meister Scale. By using the 84" Meister 109 I didn't have to worry about creating tooling to develop the canopy, blisters, spinners etc.. The only design work I really have to do is draw up a wing center section and cut the necessary parts as well as figure out how to construct and mount the horizontal stabilizer. We have a local warbird club that has served as a sounding board for some concepts and Ty, Craig and the folks on RCScaleBuilder.com have been helpful in figuring out how to deal with the H. stabilizer. The only real challenge identified thus far has been the lack of some templates on the Meister plan and Ty helped out with that. Oh its only going to have one set of retracts. To help with transportation and storage I'm going to have the plane breakdown into a 3 piece wing, two fuselages and the horizontal stab. My plane will have a "could have been" scale finish in that the plane never entered squadron service and I don't want to take the time to do all the detailing. It is my hope to have it completed and flying early in the 2005 season so I can take it to the Muncie Warbird event around Labor Day.