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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Unionville Hobby's Norseman - Canadian Famous Bushplane

Unionville Hobby's Norseman semi scale kit was modified to more closely resemble the full scale airplane which is at the National Aircraft museum in Ottawa.

The Noorduyn Norseman is a Canadian single-engine bush plane designed to operate from unimproved surfaces. The partial streamlining of the landing gear, in the form of two small "wings" extending from the lower fuselage, is a distinctive feature of the design which makes it easily recognizable. Originally introduced in 1935, the Norseman remained in production for almost 25 years with over 900 produced. A number of examples remain in commercial and private use to this day. Norseman aircraft are known to have been registered and/or operated in 68 countries throughout the world and also have been based and flown in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
This model was constructed from a Unionville Hobbies kit more than 20 years ago and was modified by the builder to more closely resemble the original aircraft which is on display at the National Air Museum in Ottawa Canada
Those changes are principally confined to the tail surfaces and landing gear strut arrangement as well as the cowl shape

The wing panels are attached with bolts at the fuselage sides where the shear loads are reacted, the wing bending moments are carried by the wing struts, just like the full size airplane

Watch a short video of the model flying at our field on June 16

Another more recent video of the same aircraft.