SMITH MINIPLANE STORY
Historically, the full-scale SMITH MINIPLANE is one of the designs
that helped start the modern homebuilding era. Originally designed
and built in 1957 by Frank Smith of Fullerton, California, the MINIPLANE
was an early example of engineering with the amateur homebuilder and
weekend pilot in mind. It could be constructed with tools easily within
reach of the average craftsman, and in the air it was stable and easy
to fly. The top wing spanned 17 ft., and the empty weight was a mere
600 pounds. Powered by a 100hp Lycoming, the tiny MINIPLANE cruised
at 120 mph, climbed at a fantastic 2,500 ft. per minute, and was highly
aerobatic. It was just what many sportsman pilots were looking for!
In 1974, Glen Sigafoose, then President of Sig Mfg. Co., acquired
a complete SMITH MINIPLANE to use for aerobatic practice. Glens
beautiful red, white, and black aircraft was the inspiration for
mini version of the MINIPLANE.
model of Glen's SMITH MINIPLANE is a fun flying machine! It's smooth
and stable, yet provides plenty of excitement in the aerobatic department.
An outstanding roll rate makes for dizzying snap rolls. KIT FEATURES
OUTSTANDING ROLL RATE!
Built-Up Balsa Construction
Formers & Ribs
Plastic Wheel Pants
Landing Gear Wires
Wire Cabane Struts
||5 1/4 lb
||40 3/8 in
||.40 - .45 in³ (6.6 - 7.4 cm³) 2-Stroke