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Post  Kim Mon May 07, 2012 8:22 am

The post about Ken Willard's School Boy reminded me of another one of his designs called "Pool Boy". I built two of these in the 1980's, never flew them off-water as intended, but DID put a lot of low-level cruising on both. The survivor is pretty rough, but still serviceable, and may take to the air again.

The Plan Number is 9801 from the old "Model Builder Magazine"...issue Sept. 1980. Not sure who owns the plans now, but bet that they are out there somewhere.

It's an extremely sweet-natured little plane, and I have flown it with both an .010 & an .020. I've also left off the bottom wing and flown it as a parasol with the hatch covered. At one point, I decided that it'd make a nice pusher design, and mounted the .020 on the trailing edge of the top wing. So, it's pretty tolerant of "experimenting".

The cabane strut engine mounting also lends itself nicely to installing whatever size external tank you might care to use, and with just two servos drawing power, you can build a cruiser that would fly as long as you'd care to pilot it.

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Post  WingingIt74 Mon May 07, 2012 9:24 am

Nice plane Kim!
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Post  Kim Mon May 07, 2012 10:02 am

Thanks Travis! Pool Boy II (Pool Boy I was short-lived) was my "Pack Around Plane" for several years in the 90's. It lived a hard life, and I'm surprised that I've still got it's carcass.

With the tiny radio gear we have now, equipped with a throttle, it'd make a great little plane for water or snow.

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Post  mitchg95 Tue May 08, 2012 11:54 am

i like the hinges on the ridder Kim, it looks like a simple plane to build and i might try it someday Smile
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Post  Kim Tue May 08, 2012 12:21 pm

mitchg95 wrote:i like the hinges on the ridder Kim, it looks like a simple plane to build and i might try it someday Smile

Hey Mitch....it is a good-natured little plane, and with today's radio gear, you could build it super-light, and STILL fly it with a throttled .010 or .020. I'm not sure who owns the plans now. Maybe some of our expert internet sleuths could find it. If not, and you DO decide to build it, let me know and I'll try to get some plans to you.

P.S. The stitched hinges are about the only type I use any more. The ones on this 20 year-old Pool Boy are still as good as new.
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Post  mitchg95 Tue May 08, 2012 12:29 pm

Kim wrote:
mitchg95 wrote:i like the hinges on the ridder Kim, it looks like a simple plane to build and i might try it someday Smile

Hey Mitch....it is a good-natured little plane, and with today's radio gear, you could build it super-light, and STILL fly it with a throttled .010 or .020. I'm not sure who owns the plans now. Maybe some of our expert internet sleuths could find it. If not, and you DO decide to build it, let me know and I'll try to get some plans to you.

P.S. The stitched hinges are about the only type I use any more. The ones on this 20 year-old Pool Boy are still as good as new.

cool thanks for the info, and i will let you know if i decide to build the pool boy Smile
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Post  proctor Tue May 08, 2012 7:02 pm

Thanks Kim,
Great little plane,
All of Ken Willards designs can be found at www.outerzone.co.uk
Pool boy is located here.
http://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=1586

Internet Sleuth lol
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Post  andrew Tue May 08, 2012 10:36 pm

Go to the Outerzone site posted above and search on Willard. There are nearly 30 plans listed. What I recently learned was that Ken Willard has a LOT of floatplane designs --- many more than I ever expected.
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