Photos by the author
The Taylorcraft is easy to handle on the ground and in the
air. It exhibits no bad habits and is predictable, providing
an enjoyable flight experience.
The Taylorcraft is a 1940s classic light aircraft designed by C. Gilbert Taylor, who started the Taylor
Brothers Aircraft Corporation in 1929.
Production began with the Taylor E- 2
Cub, with production ceasing in 1936
after a run of approximately 350 aircraft.
In 1935, improvements to the E- 2 led
to the J- 2 Cub, the forerunner to the
Piper J- 3 Cub developed in 1937. By
1936, Gilbert had been forced out of
the Piper Aircraft Company and began
working on a new design. He moved his
company to Alliance, Ohio, to produce
his new Taylorcraft airplanes.
You can nearly guess how long an
individual has been aware of late 1940s
classics by the amount of awe in his or
her voice when seeing a pristine, restored
BC- 12 Taylorcraft. This is because the
image many have in their minds is of a
Taylorcraft setting lopsided on the back
tie-down line, with one flat tire, a bird’s
nest apartment in the cowling, and mice
running inside the rotting fabric.
Cubs and Champs never slid downhill
as quickly as the Taylorcraft breed.
Although pilots at the airports likely
recognized that Taylorcrafts were faster
than the rest of the 65 hp group (with
the possible exception of Luscombe
8As), the airport black sheep was likely a
The A- 65 Continental engine is the
standard by which all small reciprocating
engines are measured. It’s reliable, user
friendly, and easy to maintain. Parts are
still available and overhauls are relatively
inexpensive when measured against
modern engines. If the magneto coils are
good and the timing is remotely right,
the engines will catch on the first or
second blade every time.
The Alien Aircraft laser-cut model
aircraft kit appears to be fashioned after
the model BC-12D- 1 Taylorcraft—the
bottom line, budget version of the
airplane with Sport/Scale in mind. It
can be purchased as a glow- or electric-powered kit. The electric version
requires an electric conversion kit,
which is sold separately. It can also be
purchased as an Electric Deluxe Combo
which includes the Taylorcraft 72 kit,
This laser-cut kit has
glow or electric
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