There is not a lot of information available on this quirky little design. What attracted us to it as a potential model design was a wonderful line drawing that we had stashed away in our future projects file. A search of the internet yielded some additional information including a few photos.
Lifelong Italian aviation enthusiasts, brothers Umberto and Ettore Ricci, started their aviation careers with rigid hot-air airship models and free flight gliders, designed and built in their youth. They went on to design huge flying boats, and a series of small aircraft, conceived as flying motorcycles. The Ricci Triplane is one of these designs. The 10-foot, 7-inch wing span aircraft, was powered by a six-cylinder Anzani engine that could propel the plane through the sky at approximately 78 miles per hour. The lovely little triplane was built for a competition of small light aircraft, held in 1919, it came in behind a few other competitors, including the little Breda Pensuti Triplane.
Although The Ricci Triplane is largely forgotten today, it can still take to the skies – in model form at least. The Stevens AeroModel Ricci Triplane UM features a modern kit design that builds trouble-free and quickly, thanks to modern design processes, pioneered by Stevens AeroModel.
Wing Span | 11.6 in
Overall Length | 11 in
Wing Area | 78 in²
Flying Weight | 1.75 oz
Wing Loading | 2.8 oz/ft²
Controls Required | 3 channel, R/E/T
Construction | Balsa / Ply
Category | Micro Indoor
- Step-by-step illustrated assembly manual
- Full size detail drawings
- Hand selected laser-cut AAA balsa and hardwood stock
- Laser-cut acetate windscreen and profile pilot
- Comprehensive hardware package
- ParkZone® Brushed Motor | PKZ3624
- ParkZone Electronics | PKZ3352 (servo/esc/receiver)
- E-Flite® Propeller | EFL9051
- Battery | LiPo 3.7V 130-160 mAh (25C)
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Required finishing items:
- Covering film | 2 PatchPak™ AeroLITE™
- CA Glue | Thin, Medium, and Thick Adhesives