In a nutshell - the SSC birds have huge wing area
(minimum 400 inches), minimum weight at 2.5 lbs, and maximum motor size at a
stock .15 that can be purchased for $60 or less. The prop is standardized with a
Master Airscrew 8x3 and is limited to 17,000 RPM. One Caveat to the whole thing
is that, in sanctioned events, any combatant that wishes to do so can purchase
the days winner's engine for $100 and the poor sap has to sell it to him. That
effectively keeps every one honest about engine mods and keeps the speed to
around 50 mph max.
The SSC plane can have any shape or look from a
2x4 to an arrow shaft with wings to a full scale design as long as it meets the
criteria and will fly. But, obviously, with the power limitations, it will have
to be designed correctly or it will never get off the ground let alone
So - here is how our planes are made. We decided
that a plane should look like a plane so we are doing several WW2 designs that
are of the "squint scale" variety. The scale shapes are modified to give the
correct wing area, weight, and control moments necessary for super competitive
flying and contest compliance, while looking similar to the real world
Our planes ship with a 64" span wing and will
build out to about 63" after trimming and shaping the tip. This works out to
about 600 Square Inches which most SSC pilots have determined is optimum for a
great flying plane on a little engine. You can readily see that the SSC is
basically a motor glider which brings up some interesting possibilities for a
double duty design.
First, this design is perfect for the novice pilot
who wants to learn aileron flying but on something that is easier to control
than a typical trainer -- and looks like a rugged WW2 War Bird. Plus it's
designed to take a beating like all our combat kits.
Second, While I haven't tried it yet, it would
make a great slope soaring plane. It has every ingredient to be fast and very
maneuverable on the slope and the wing could be trimmed a bit for more speed or
leave it long for light lift flying.
Lastly, we have many folks electrifying our
foamies and The SSC is absolutely perfect for running electric. I will do one
soon and show a picture of it but my guess is a stock 600 motor running an 8
cell NmHi pack would work great or any of the brushless set ups would be super.
While the SSC style kit is purpose designed for a
particular combat class, the uses are limited only by your imagination - and we
do have some very creative foamie customers out there. The main thing is this -
you should be having fun while your plane is in the air - not afraid of landings
or crashes. And while your at it, get a couple buddies in the air at the same
time and thrash each other a bit. Your flying skill will increase exponentially
and you will fly in ways you never thought possible.
Enjoy. Look for more designs coming