Waco YMF-5 Short Kit
by four high school friends,
the Weaver Aircraft Company went through many tough times. Early on the
company was kept afloat by the Eskimo Pie and a candy recipe sold to
the Russell Stover Company. Once they hit their stride, their best
known model was the YMF sport plane. This plane had a reputation of
being the best and most beautiful open cockpit biplane ever made, and I
would have to agree. With the passing of the biplane era, WACO finally
closed its door in 1948. Fortunately, in 1984 a group of investors
started the WACO Classic Aircraft Corporation and started building the
YMF design again in Battle Creek, MI.
Our little WACO is a 1/12 scale electric powered version of the YMF-5. It features a scale structure with proper rib spacing and fuselage stringers. Since this plane is small enough to transport in one piece, I designed the power system to slide out the nose for easy battery access. A simple latch holds it securely in place in flight.
Construction is traditional balsa and plywood.
Laser cut parts ensure everything fits.
A pullout tray makes battery access a snap. Appearance and flight performance is very scale.
- Wing Span: 30"
- Length: 22.3"
- Wing Area: 246 sq. in.
- Weight: 16 oz.
- Wing Loading: 9.3 oz./sq. ft.
- Recommended Motors: AstroFlight Geared 010
- Recommended Battery: 3S 1320mAhr LiPo's
- Balsa and plywood construction
- 7 Sheets of laser cut balsa and plywood parts
- Full size, rolled plans
- Photo illustrated construction manual