LEVIER COSMIC WIND
Designed in 1947 by Tony LeVier of the Lockheed Corporation, the LeVier Cosmic Wind was a small single engine, single seat racing monoplane aimed at the Goodyear Trophy races. Only six aircraft were manufactured with survivors in the US and UK.
AT A GLANCE
- Wingspan: 15.5" (394 mm)
- Scale: 1/14 (approx)
- Power System; Rubber band; free flight
- Manufacturer: Veron (Tru-Flite)
- Difficulty: Intermediate
This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original Veron Tru-Flite Series model of a LeVier Cosmic Wind. Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin. The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing. Power is provided by rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight. Free flight means just that - once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or "trimmed". This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.
- Balsa wood sheets with precise laser cut parts
- Strip wood
- One 150mm diameter plastic propeller
- One pre-bent motor hook and shaft
- One low friction plastic nose bushing for the propeller
- Pair of 22mm plastic wheels and one 10mm tail wheel
- Vacuum-formed canopy
- Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel
- One motor peg
- F.A.I. 3/16" rubber motor strip
- Tissue to cover the model
- Full size printed plan
Please Note: The model pictured is a Veron Tru-Flite LeVier Cosmic Wind built, decorated and photographed by Jonathan Cooper that features a wooden propeller not included in the kit.
- 15.5" (394 mm)
Just finish building but haven't flown it yet. I've not built many but I did enjoy building this one. It has balanced out nicely but you need to have your thinking head on when building. Wheels are too big and the U/C leg fairings are not long enough plus a couple of other things but this added to the interest in making the kit. As for dealing with Vintage, we had a few problems caused by external issues but the sales team showed patience and persisted until the sale was made. You don't judge a business when things go wrong, you judge them by their response and I'm happy to look at my next order. [originally posted on our old website 03/05/2017]