This great looking plane was published by RCM Magazine in 1969. I built one in 2003 when I was flying at a public field in Kansas City. In those days I used to pass the transmitter around a lot because I liked to see my planes flown by better pilots. Everybody who flew the Miss Bikini said the same thing: “This is the best flying plane I’ve ever flown!” That’s no exaggeration. They really said that.
Because it was designed in 1969 the Miss Bikini plan shows a few features that are not so commonly found in later airplanes. I have made the executive decision to update some of these construction details for your convenience, as listed below:
- On the plan, bulkhead F2 extends below the chin block, so you would apply your covering film directly to the bottom edge of this bulkhead. I’m not fond of this feature, so my bulkhead is shortened and the chin block covers the bottom of it. Look at the bulkhead/chin juncture on the Cloud Dancer plan to see what I mean.
- I added notches for putting a 1/8 x 1/4 stick in the top of the front deck, so you have something to glue your sheeting to in the middle.
- My cockpit floor fills the entire space between F3 and F4. It is made of lite ply, and it fits between the fuselage sides instead of on top of them.
- I cut a big hole in F2 for your battery, fuel tank, car keys or whatever you want to put in there.
- The plan shows the wing with old fashioned full depth sheet wood spars. Because of the inconsistency of balsa wood, I can’t count on always having super hard 1/8″ balsa available, so my ribs are cut with notches for modern conventional 3/16 x 3/16 hardwood spars top and bottom. Use bass or spruce. You should also bridge between the top and bottom spars with 1/16 or 3/32 balsa shear webs.
- Plywood dihedral braces are supplied. You can trim the center ribs and use these braces, or you can just stick the two sides together and glass the center section the way the Kaos is done.
- And the last detail about the wing is that the rib spacing shown on the plan is pretty wacky. I wouldn’t do it that way. I’m supplying plenty of ribs so you can space the ribs however you see fit.