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I've got a Mike Trew Countryman in my loft, built from a plan it spans 144 inches and has full camber flap. Its about 30 years old.Tony Baker's Solent Sailplanes sold it as a kit called Ridge Rover.
...I have plenty of interesting old gliders but I can't include them here as they have foam-cored wings.
Got my Fantasia out of the cupbard today, might get it flying again the weekend if the weather is still OK
Spiral dive sometimes does it [saved my Gentle Lady a couple of times].If you have structural failure , at least most of the electronics that survive the arrival will be where you can find them .
I found this little beauty , Its not a retro design , but i would say its a retro build , see what you think , i recon its cheap and fun looking. http://shop.singahobby.com/?q=node/15365 Bob
A spin is the best option but lack of penetration is the common weakness of the lightweight floaters.
and we even had ARTF gliders in the early 1970s - The Solarfilm folks sold a 3-channel one (can't remember its name)
The first ever glider international comp was won in the USA by an artf - a Graupner Cumulus IIRC flown by sandy Pimenof from Finland.
its not only old floaters that suffer from lack of penetration
Its not a situation I've been in (only had weak thermals and my slopey heavy planes do penetrate) but I wonder if the advice should be like swimming in riptides - don't go with or against but swim across then you'll get out of the stream.So maybe you should head crosswind and out of the thermal before even thinking about heading down.
These days all the events are won by ARFs
A Keil Kraft Elmira - Built from a very old kit bought from the Model Shop Horsforth.Originally 2 ch in 1982
Shouldn't this be the pic at the top of page 3....
Fantastic catalogue -- just relived my youff.Mostly Control line with a couple of gliders -- but I think between my brother and I we must have built around 20 out of that catalogue. Wood shavings stuck to socks and tramped all around the house, if it wasn't for the fact we were all high as kites at the time on dope I guess it would have driven us all mad, MAD I SAY, MAAAADDDD....
Fantastic catalogue -- just relived my youff.
Fantastic catalogue -- just relived my youff.Mostly Control line with a couple of gliders -- but I think between my brother and I we must have built around 20 out of that catalogue. Wood shavings stuck to socks and tramped all around the house, if it wasn't for the fact we were all high as kites at the time on dope I guess it would have driven us all mad, MAD I SAY, MAAAADDDD.... Me too Mike except my brother was more adept at destruction than constructiion...but I bet I have built at least 20 too. Then I too went to control line, eventually to F2C or "FAI Team Race" as it was called in the 70's...Hammond/Williams was quite a successful team until the radio bug hit first me then my pitman Pete Williams...Halcyon days of sticky but lovely smlling Castor residues...Boneline
since the 1930's we still try to look cool while holding a toy plane when will we learn
Top marks to anyone who can identify the model (or the plane!)
Yep - and the model?Phil.