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Paul Perry
08-07-2006, 02:53 PM
Anyone remember the Parker Pelican? I bought one (in kit form) from Tower Hobbies 15+ years ago. It's a nice looking low-wing sport/trainer with tricycle gear, designed for 3-channels. Wing span is 50", 395" area, weighing 32-44 oz. Image attached.

Back in the day, I planned to use an old Enya .15. I got it about half-built, lost track of it in my attic, and now I'm thinking “Wow, maybe this would make a good e-flyer, if only I knew how to proceed.”

Last week I located a construction article for the PELICAN (by Charlie Parker) which had appeared in RC Modeler magazine, January of 1982. The plans are still available, and here is a summary:

50" span
395 sq. in.
engine .10-.15
3 channel
built-up balsa and plywood

Perhaps someone else has also owned, flown, or built one. If it flys as good as it looks, what would it take to convert it?

08-08-2006, 02:16 AM
Can't help you on that particular model, but I have flown a couple of low winged rudder / elevator models - a Randy Randolph "Bee-Tween" and a similar sized design of my own heavily based on that one. They were 049 Cox Squealer powered mostly.

Idle thoughts - keep it light. A low winger without ailerons is easily controllable if designed and built properly. They won't do any better for overpowering or "structural improvements" (added weight!). From that thumbnail, it looks like there's a fair chunk of washout as well as dihedral - both will essential to happiness in flight!

Both mine were much nicer in calm weather - you don't have the ability to pick up a wingtip as fast as you would with ailerons and the 'pendulum stability' you get with a high winged rudder/ele is reversed now the fuselage is atop the wing. Loops come easy, but rolls are real slow and much trickier if there's any turbulence.

Power - not really sure, but LiPos would do a lot to keep the weight low. Maybe something around 200W, prop size - either as dictated by the UC length, or maybe you could lengthen her legs somewhat to use a larger prop - 15's would only spin around 8, maybe 9" IIRC
It would sure be different, have fun with it. Good luck


Lance Wickline
09-22-2006, 06:03 AM
Paul could you turn me on to the construction artical for the Parker Pelican.
Working on one plus 10 % Lance

Paul Perry
09-22-2006, 05:04 PM
Yes, it is plan number 855 at:

http://www.rcmmagazine.com/store/store-plans-catalog-tem.html?sid=0001YqUxW6pCOmIgxw445p3&item=plans:pl-855 (http://www.rcmmagazine.com/store/store-plans-catalog-tem.html?sid=0001YqUxW6pCOmIgxw445p3&item=plans:pl-855)
PLAN pl-855 cat. 1, PELICAN
Our Price $7.00
http://www.rcmmagazine.com/store/media/bluedot.gif by Charlie Parker,
50" span, 395 sq. in., .10, 3 ch., built-up balsa and plywood, one sheet 28" x 40",

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02-07-2015, 09:38 PM
I have one of these nice old kits, about 50% complete. Would like to put in electric motor, but have never built an electric plane. Don't know motor size or other equipment needed. Of course, the old plan for .09 - .10 gas does not show where to put stuff. Also, plan does not show CG. I figure total wt. will be 36 to 40 ounces. Can anyone help me choose electric equipment and where to place it? Please? Can post or send photos. Thanks!
Bob Parker

02-08-2015, 12:36 AM

CG is shown clearly on the plan I have of the Pelican or at least a starting point for same. Attached is a snippet showing the CG. Battery compartment could be directly behind the firewall using the access hatch as shown on the plans. Might have to build a shelf through F2 to secure the battery and keep it away from the steering mechanism.

I'll let others address the power requirement.....