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Classic Veron Impala glider

Ebay bargain takes flight once again

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Andy Horsman30/01/2015 18:20:16
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Bought as part of a job lot from Ebay. Just needed the tail group gluing and servos installed and she was then ready to go.

Short flight at Selsley Common near Stroud

GONZO30/01/2015 20:13:02
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There is no 'N' in the middle.frownwink

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XK5030/01/2015 20:15:22
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Ah the nostalgia! Memories of Ivinghoe Beacon 1974-7. I have a similar Graupner Dandy, ex-ebay too, just waiting for an improvement in the weather.

XK50

Pete B - Moderator30/01/2015 20:38:05
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Header fixed - helps the 'search' functionsmile

Nice model, nice slope!

Pete

Andy Horsman30/01/2015 21:54:51
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Thanks for pointing out the typo. I've amended the YT title as well. In addition to the Impala, the job lot included a SAS Aztec, a fully moulded glider and what looks to be a Chris Foss model from the rear fuse. I must compare it with the Middle Phase kit that was also in the lot along with a part built Zagi and a RTF Zagi wing which included a Multiplex 7 ch 2.4 RX which retails at over £60 (now on Ebay) The gliders needed a bit of tlc and some servos were needed but still not bad for £40!

Pete B - Moderator30/01/2015 21:59:55
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Can you get me a Lottery ticket?teeth 2

Pete

Andy Horsman30/01/2015 22:23:13
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Only a Nigerian one as I keep being told I've one something without even buying a ticketsmiley

Re the SAS Aztec, it's the one with the Duralene moulded fuselage and it has a slightly swept wing so I imagine that the c of g would be a bit behind the normal 1/3 of chord. Is my reasoning correct as I can't find any info re this model although it's probably not as old a design as the Impala which I believe dates back to the 1970's?

Andy

Pete B - Moderator30/01/2015 22:45:46
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With a Tiger Moth being the only modeI I have with a swept wing, I'll leave that question to the aerodynamicists smile

However, there is a calculator here which may give you an idea.

Pete

 

Edited By Pete B - Moderator on 30/01/2015 22:46:08

Phil Green31/01/2015 01:34:22
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I have a soft spot for the Impala too - back in the day mine was a triggers broom with a succession of new wings & fusses - and a variety of radio types from s/c to full house propo. Mostly mine were on reeds with a Remcon 12 which is exactly what I'm flying now. 45 years on - same model, same radio, same slope...

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I've also a 3/4 scale Impala, and three more full size. I don't know how that happened wink

Heres our Impala-fest at last years Ponty single-channel & retro R/C do:

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and heres the 3/4 tiddler parked alongside a real one at Nont Sarahs:

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Cheers
Phil

avtur31/01/2015 02:19:05
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Ahhh ... The Impala ... that's the model that started me in radio control.

I have clearest memory of flying the Impala from a beach near Aberffraw on Anglesey.

Set up with a mate, he had the Super Impala, we had a bungee, we started off with small straight line 'hops' and slowly extended the bungee until we achieved sufficient height for a circuit.

To this day I won't forget it, we spent an entire day slowly increasing the bungee height and building our confidence, within a couple of days we were able to soar in lift from nearby sand dunes, and a few days later we were slope soaring off a hillside above Conway.

Those were happy days in the mid '70's.

Andy Horsman31/01/2015 08:33:01
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For those of you who want to re-live those memories why don't you head over to Ebay and have a punt on this one

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Veron-Impala-slope-soarer/121552213998?_trksid=p2060778.c100276.m3476&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140725133651%26meid%3D7d73f91a1d89447fb2de0ea827caeec6%26pid%3D100276%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D121552220771

Still with no bids and a starting price of .99p. Within collection range for me but might be a stretch for some.

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Ponty Bri31/01/2015 09:38:53
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Brilliant soarer easy to fly and tough with it. Spent many hours with one in my youth, so have bought the plans to make another just for the fun of it for the nearest slope is a long way away.

Brian

chris Bond - Bondaero31/01/2015 10:06:02
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Thank you for posting. I enjoyed the video. I bought an Impala kit some years ago at a swap meet Built but never flown. Must give slope soaring a go this year

Edited By chris Bond - Bondaero on 31/01/2015 10:06:35

Andy Horsman31/01/2015 11:31:05
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Of course, being a slope newbie, I had no idea what I was buying but I thought that it has the looks of model that would be ideal for cruising around of a summer's evening.

Mine even has a glazed canopy whereas most I've seen since don't

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Phil Green31/01/2015 14:55:52
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Most people used to leave it solid otherwise its weakened quite a lot.

Phil Green31/01/2015 14:58:40
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Posted by Ponty Bri on 31/01/2015 09:38:53:

Brilliant soarer easy to fly and tough with it. Spent many hours with one in my youth, so have bought the plans to make another just for the fun of it for the nearest slope is a long way away.

Brian

Neil does a laser-cut ribset, cheating but makes the job much easier!

**LINK**

Phil Green31/01/2015 15:05:18
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Posted by Andy Horsman on 31/01/2015 08:33:01:

For those of you who want to re-live those memories why don't you head over to Ebay and have a punt on this one

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Veron-Impala-slope-soarer/121552213998?_trksid=p2060778.c100276.m3476&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140725133651%26meid%3D7d73f91a1d89447fb2de0ea827caeec6%26pid%3D100276%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D121552220771

Still with no bids and a starting price of .99p. Within collection range for me but might be a stretch for some.

If it helps, on ebay links you can skip everything from the question-mark onwards, you only need the bold bit above

or just http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121552213998

Andy Horsman31/01/2015 15:11:17
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Thanks for the tip Phil. I'm more active on RC Groups where posting links to listings,videos and uploading photos is much easier! However, didn't feel that there would be much interest in an Impala over there as it is populated by folks who don't know the correct way to spell "colour"wink

Area 5131/01/2015 16:10:21
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Posted by avtur on 31/01/2015 02:19:05:

To this day I won't forget it, we spent an entire day slowly increasing the bungee height and building our confidence, within a couple of days we were able to soar in lift from nearby sand dunes, and a few days later we were slope soaring off a hillside above Conway.

Those were happy days in the mid '70's.

Happy days they were indeed.. I had a bungee at my school fields and learnt how to glide this same way.. eventually getting high enough to do a circuit and then off to a small slope..

My folks took me on a caravan holiday to near Tenby in S.Wales mid 70's; the caravan site was a disused airfield.. Dad was a good sport, he got a fishing rod and held it out of the car sunroof and towed up my glider!!

On a calm sunny evening, I was floating about for over 30mins..

As you rightly say AVTUR, memories that will not be forgotten.. smiley

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