I'm currently refining the plans after building the prototype. There are a few tweaks and building helps that I am trying to include. The final version will not have paper on the foam so I have some work to do there. Its actual span is 78" since the 1/12 is 77.75. 78 was just a nice round number. The airfoil is flat-bottomed rather than undercambered. Struts are bamboo skewers and the spars are box spars. The outer portions of the wings are removable using paint sticks to tie the spars and more skewers to keep the wings from twisting. The prototype was built using standard FT techniques (foam board and hot glue) but I'm stepping up on the final version to show how to make a longer lasting model.
Really the point of this is to teach people how to build a little better and become better pilots. The profile is completely scale and really does fly in a true scale manner. The tips have been undercambered but only a minimal portion. She will still slip out on you if you fail to coordinate your turn properly. Take-off is standard WWI issue as is the landings. Wheels are the usual FT 3" wheels. Nothing out of the ordinary. Again... just an offering for those who want to step up their flight and building skills.
Hotwax, Thanks so much for putting the time in and posting! Fantastic, amazing! I just heard about this thread on the latest Community Podcast #2. What are your coloring techniques? You have my vote for next FT Community plane!