Well, the editors here at our website, KCFreeFlight.org, had a dilemma—we needed additional space on our Website to handle the volume of rolled up Drawings and Plans of Dave’s as you can see by the looks of his Overhead Bin above—so here it is . . . . just in time for the new year !!!
Dave’s at it again. His now very popular Web page, Dave’s Drawings, that débuted in 2020 with 312 visits—ended up last year with a whopping 1603 visits, coming in third last year for the most viewed Web page on the KCFreeFlight.org Website. 👍
As a result—this entirely NEW page has been added for 2023 to accommodate the overflow of Drawings and Plans that Mr. Higgins has managed to draw and or collect over the years! We will start his new page for 2023 with a plan of a drawing of a late 1980s style Indoor A-6 that was designed by David Aronstien. The drawing indicates that it was cleverly “INKED” 5-15-89 by none other than our friend residing in the USA state of Washington—David Higgins.
Website Programming Note: As the year progresses this Web page will include more “Airplane Models Sporting Plans” as time allows. There is also in the works additional drawings with photos of early indoor models called A-6s in a Special “A-6 History Series” scheduled to début later this year. Stay tuned. 😎
new Airplane Models with downloadable pdf drawings will be added
regularly so be sure to come back often !!!
The latest Model with its PDF plan Drawing appears directly below.
Written by David Higgins.
David Aronstein designed the Seattle A-6 in the late 1980s. Back in 1993 I went to the Model Hobby Expo held in one of the large buildings at the Puyallup, Washington fairgrounds, and I saw an elderly gentleman winding up the rubber band on an odd looking model airplane and launching it.
At the time I didn’t know anything about indoor free flight, so I was amazed at how long the model circled the large table displaying this guy’s vast collection of beautifully built, small, rubber-powered model airplanes. I asked him if he had plans for this rubber powered model and he told me to take a look in his box full of plans.
Current HAFFA Member Dana Field’s new Seattle A-6 flew well at the January 7th 2023 Indoor Flying Session.
This first Segment was added 1/14/2023
The copy for this article about the Seattle A-6 was sent via email from Dave to the editors here January 5th, 2023. We are including his written account unedited and think that it’s well worth the read. Enjoy!
Shown here is Dave’s 25 year old Seattle A-6 Model
I flipped through the stack of plans and found a copy of it and noticed that it was called the Seattle A-6 and that the man flying the model was Gil Coughlin, who had at one time made kits of this simple indoor model airplane. Gil told me to leave a quarter on the table to pay for the plan.
At the time I didn’t know anything about indoor free flight, so I was amazed at how long the model circled the large table displaying this guy’s vast collection of beautifully built, small, rubber-powered model airplanes. I asked him if he had plans for this rubber powered model and he told me to take a look in his box full of plans. I flipped through the stack of plans and found a copy of it and noticed that it was called the Seattle A-6 and that the man flying the model was Gil Coughlin, who had at one time made kits of this simple indoor model airplane. Gil told me to leave a quarter on the table to pay for the plan.
A few months later I joined BEAMS, the Boeing sponsored indoor free flight model airplane club, and I built and flew my first Seattle A-6. I was amazed at how well and how long it flew.
Seattle A-6 Designed by David Aronstein
The Drawing above was “INKED BY” David Higgins.
Click the drawing or the link above to download and print a PDF copy.
Unfortunately, a couple of years later I found out that my copy of the Seattle A-6 plan was slightly too big, making the wing a little over 30 square inches. I didn’t know who had the original Seattle A-6 plan, so I redrew the plan to the correct size. The wing’s center section chord should measure 2.5” and on the old plan that I got from Gil it was closer to 2.6”. You may notice that the rules for Seattle A-6 are listed on the plan and they differ from the current AMA A-6 event rules.
Per the original A-6 rules, there was no minimum weight requirement and some guys were getting their A-6 models down to 1.2 grams by using incredibly light balsa and condenser paper covering.
I did not compete in the A-6 event at that time because I thought condenser paper was not allowed per the original rules devised by Clarence Mather way back in the day, and I did not have the skills nor the light balsa and covering material to build a 1.2 gram A-6.
I still have my original Seattle A-6 (see attached photo), and it has not been flown in more than 25 years.
David Higgins has been a contributing author
for this Website since 2020.
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