Racer type airplanes with their sleek lines have always inspired modellers. I saw the first pictures in a Model Airplane News issue October 1968. It was the Midget Mustang design by Tom Jolley ( England ). I knew I had to build such an airplane some fine day.  
           
     
       
LORIOT was built in 72. It’s not a copy of any full size airplane, but kind of incarnation of the beauty of Goodyear racers. Span 127 cm ( 50 inch ), 35 engine ( of course Fox 35 ). It has the typical Nobler dimensions ( didn’t we all build Nobler derivations then ).
         
     
Except for the fuselage nose construction was pretty much the same. The horizontally installed engine required a different treatment. So nose construction is a little labour intensive. But the finished product with the engine hidden under a sleek cowl with elegant lines will delight any builder’s eye.
The tank goes in from the outboard side. At that time I didn’t know about the method which connects the tank tubes with short pieces of tube glued to the fuselage sides. So the uniflo and the overflow tube had to go through the left cowl. This made tank construction a little “unique”. Today we have more elegant solutions.
I had the idea that in order to make Loriot better suitable for windy conditions, airfoil thickness should be reduced. While Loriot was a light model and didn’t have any bad habits, I do not recommend this any more. Any one of the present well known airfoils should be the correct choice.

“Loriot” is the artist name of one of Germany’s greatest humorists ( he did fantastic cartoons and movies ). He chose this French word ( “yellowhammer” in English ) because this bird is shown in his family coat of arms. So this name is my deep bow to this great man.