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Old 11-08-2016, 01:35 AM   #1
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Does anyone recognize this glider?
Wing span is 149" steel rod joiners in fuse. Has small spoilers
weight without any gear 3.06 lbs.
Fuselage is fiberglass 49" long, sort of a wide oval at the cockpit.
Full flying stab has a 31 1/2" span

I figure even with a small (~200 watt) motor, and all other gear, it should be about 4 Lbs.

It cost me the huge sum of $20.00 at a recent swap meet.


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Old 11-08-2016, 01:58 AM   #2
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Do you think it's an old NE Sailplane glider?

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don't know what it is but... SCORE!

That is a pretty wing for sure!

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That is NICE ! Pity no canopy though ... I see a very large plastic beer bottle needed !

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Yes no canopy, but I thought I would make a frame and just cover it with flat sheet for now. Maybe try a blow mold idea I have later.

It's about 12" front to back long. so it would take a big bottle.

The workmanship on the wing is outstanding, and I am hard to impress.
The spoiler linkage is unique, there is an open tube just behind the LE, about 2" down the tube is the inside tube of a nyrod, you just push on that, and the spoilers pop up, retract with a steel spring. so when you pull the wings off the fuselage, there are no linkages to unhook.

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I found out it is a Soarcraft Magnum 12.
I put a picture on RCG and they recognized it very quickly.

Apparently some people like it and some don't, but that's true with almost every plane.
Listed flying weight by Soarcraft is 90 oz. I should be able to put in a motor and equipment without over loading. For $20.00, I can't lose, if it stays off the ground more than 60 seconds it will beat some of my glider flights.

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Originally Posted by Wildflyer View Post
Does anyone recognize this glider?
Wing span is 149" steel rod joiners in fuse. Has small spoilers
weight without any gear 3.06 lbs.
Fuselage is fiberglass 49" long, sort of a wide oval at the cockpit.
Full flying stab has a 31 1/2" span

I figure even with a small (~200 watt) motor, and all other gear, it should be about 4 Lbs.

It cost me the huge sum of $20.00 at a recent swap meet.
Wildflyer

I think the motor on a pylon in pusher configuration would
look COOL! (maybe detachable)

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True that could look nice, but I was told this plane needs a lot of lead in the nose to balance. It was designed back when a 2.5oz receiver the size of a pack of cigarettes, was a small one. Servos were also around 2oz.

RCG guys advised me it would probably take a 400 watt motor in the nose to help balance.

They were not wrong, I have a relatively small Hyperion glider motor, it can put out more than 600 watts, taped to the nose, it won't even balance the fiberglass fuse without the elevator.

Making the spinner look nicely contoured to the oval nose will be interesting.

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