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1935 Fairchild Amphibian Model Plans

amphibThese plans will build the rubber powered flying model of the 1935 Fairchild Amphibian as shown at the left.

Recent information has led me to believe that this model was originally copied from one of the only two Fairchild Model 91 aircraft purchased by Pan American Airlines to be used on the Amazon river in Brazil. This model includes the landing gear, which Pan Am had removed after a very short time, to save weight and fuel, when they found that all of their landings would be on water. As far as I can discover, the original amphibian was cut up for scrap around 1945. So, these plans are of a very rare aircraft, indeed, are complete and highly detailed, and can be used to construct and finish the model exactly as shown to the left.

The wingspan of the finished model is 21.3 inches, and the total length is 17 inches. As can be seen, the construction is tissue covered balsa, using 'stick and tissue' construction for the frame, ribs and formers.

AMPHIBMultiple templates are included for the formers and ribs, and are included on separate pages from the plans themselves so that the plans won't be damaged if your method of construction includes cutting out the templates.

These plans were originally published in 1930s aviation magazines and were not necessarily complete, in that they sometimes had to be scaled to fit the magazine's pages, and some pieces left out to comply with space constraints. It was left to the builder to construct parts or rescale the drawings where needed.

The plans that I am offering are scanned from the originals, but then, using the computer, are rescaled, corrected and redrawn where needed to combine split components, correct errors and add missing parts.

Unlike the originals, the plans can be printed on only one side of the paper, so that cutting one side doesn't damage something you may need on the other.


Instructions are included to enable one to print the corrected, rescaled plans full size on ANY printer, to the scale mentioned above, including the complete original instructions. I have added to the original instructions, both on the plans sheets themselves, and in a file of generic hints, that aids in building, covering, painting, balancing and flying the model when completed.

It also includes hints and tips to make your finished model an item to be proud of. The plans not only include instructions for printing FULL SIZE plans on ANY size paper, but the details for a scale propeller for display, and a flying propeller for... well ... flying!

These two photos at the upper left are of the actual completed model, covered and uncovered.

AMPHIBThis last close-up shows some of the detail that is present in the construction. This particular item shows a suggested construction method for the model engine for this aircraft. It shows the method, dimensions and placement of the parts, including the fullsize (to scale, of course) crankcase, cylinders and their fins, push rods, spark plugs, etc.

This detail is present throughout the entire model, so the builder can choose any level of finishing his skill and patience will allow.

The drawings and dimensions for the plans were originally taken in the 1930s directly from the full size aircraft, and reflect the original very accurately.

These plans are totally free, but it would certainly be appropriate to consider donating something to help pay for the effort and work I've put into converting and updating these 80+ year old plans.

Most builders donate $10 or more, but you can select as little as $1 or as much as you want.The choice is up to you. Just click on the DOWNLOAD button below. If you do not have a PayPal account you may pay with a credit card. If you feel these plans are not worth the effort I have put into them, then by all means, you do not have to donate anything. But in either case, please enjoy the plans, and the flying model you can build from them! Thanks for your interest...

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