Chester Goon Racing Airplane Paper Model
Posted on Dec 19 2012 at 02:19:46 PM in Artists
This airplane paper model is a Chester Goon (aka The Chester Special #2) racing plane, was a single engine taildragger configuration monoplane racer built for the 1938 National Air Races, the paper model was designed by Fiddlers Green. Art Chester followed on his successful air racer the “Jeep”" with the Goon. “Goon”, like “Jeep” was named after characters in Popeye cartoons.
The Goon was built with a conventional welded steel tube frame and fabric covering. The wings used spruce spars and plywood covering. The mid-wing taildragger aircraft featured short-legged retractable landing gear. The engine was prepared to turn clockwise in anticipation of mounting a custom French propeller, but the propeller was also customized for American engines, and the engine needed to be modified again to rotate normally.
During the 1956 rebuild, a 190 hp Lycoming O-435-1 engine was installed in place of the Menasco, including a cut down Beech-Roby propeller and wheel brakes.
- Crew: One
- Length: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m)
- Wingspan: 18 ft 6 in (5.64 m)
- Powerplant: 1 × Menasco C-6-S Buccaneer Inline six cylnder, 450 hp (340 kW)
- Propellers: 2-bladed French Ratier Controllable
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