Bede BD-5 Micro "USAF" Paper Model
The BD-5 was poised to revolutionize private aviation when it was introduced- a personal aircraft that could be constructed and certified as a homebuilt, from plans or from kits with pre-fabricated components. There were also plans for a factory-built version. The BD-5 could be powered by a reciprocating engine driving a pusher prop, or a jet mini-turbine, or could be constructed as an unpowered sailplane.
The brainchild of designer and engineer Jim Bede, the BD-5's futuristic looks, projected performance, and advanced aerodynamics gathered record numbers of orders- over 5,000 kits or plan sets were sold, and 12,000 pre-orders taken for the proposed factory-built version. However, Bede's company was over-extended and filed for bankruptcy, dooming the BD-5 and its bright future. Comparatively few BD-5's were completed, much less flew, though one that did, the U.S.-registered N3038V, holds a Guinness Book world record as the world's smallest and lightest turbojet aircraft, weighing around 358 pounds when empty and unoccupied.
This paper model from Oddball Productions builds a "fantasy" BD-5 recip pusher-prop, finished by its owner in USAF markings.
Paper Model Details: 31 parts on three pages, with one construction diagram. Boxed wheels and integral joining tabs. Duo-fold prop blades and opaque canopy. Degree of Difficulty: 2/5. If you enjoy building this paper model, please contribute a review!
Text by Bart Wheeler
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