[WWI] Bezobrazov project

Eduard Werner edi.werner at gmx.de
Fri Aug 13 17:44:37 EDT 2004

Hi folks,

the planning of my Bezobrazov project for an R/C model has gotten a bit 
further, but not much (too good flying weather last week, and holiday with 
friends and relations the next).

>From the pictures and information Sanjeev has kindly sent me I know much more 
about the plane, but there are still a few mysteries:

The 3-view and one of the color drawings show a round rudder; but some 
photographs and one drawing show a shark-tail shaped rudder. I do think the 
shark-tail was the original one and more in line with Bezobrazov's thoughts 
-- he had to resign on the aerodynamic fuselage, but the wings are looking a 
bit like a bird's wings, so a shark tail would go nicely with that.

On one small photograph we can see a round rudder (slightly different form 
though), but the wing struts/booms are thicker, the fuselage looks much 
longer and there seems to be an elevator. When could it have been taken? Is 
it authentic at all? The picture of the crash shows neither an elevator (nor 
can the rudder be seen) and the fuselage is short. So the photograph in 
question can only have been taken after the rebuild, if it's genuine.

Hmmm. I have built a little glider to try out the CG and several angles of 
incidence. Yep, it sure does fly. (Looks rather amazing in the air.) Pretty 
well for a triplane glider. Next I've made hinges from a genuine Estonian 
beer can to try out elevator, ailerons and rudder. Ailerons work ok (you want 
at least two wings with ailerons), elevator and rudder are rather useless. I 
had to increase the rudder to roughly double size to get it working, for the 
elevator I have tried to possibilities: a) combining the original elevator 
with the ailerons of the lower wing, b) adding elevators to the top wing. 
Both possibilities work ok, even inverse flight (my Fokker E.III has almost 
passed away over the try the other day) seems possible. From an aerodynamic 
point of view, b) seems slightly better and more responsive, but a) would be 
closer to the original and a bit less work and weight.

After visiting friends and relatives next week, I'll try to work out some 
construction details. I have already decided on two more changes: a) I'll 
increase the chord of the wings slightly and b) I want longer, protruding 
booms (what do you call them properly?) for the undercarriage to protect the 
motor in case of ground loops, since those are very likely on my flying-field 
and I'm not going to risk a brushless motor for scale reasons. I reckon it 
will still look like a Bezobrazov.

The lack of respondance to rudder and elevator make changes like the ones on 
that strange photograph rather likely: a longer fuselage and an extra 
elevator would address exactly these problems. Of course, respondance to the 
tailplane would be less of an issue with the motor running because the 
tailplane is in the slipstream, but some pilot like to survive a spitting 
motor or running out of gas.


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