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fly boy319/08/2019 18:39:18
3596 forum posts
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Hi all, been flying ic for 30years. Found some exellent videos by the above flier on utube.A few questions, any idea of the wing loading of these wonderful models, and if so light as it seems ,why do they not get blown backwards by the very stiff breeze that they fly in ? Cheers

Keith Sharples19/08/2019 18:57:59
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Hi Fly Boy.

They are amazing gliders and so well flown, in fact I think they are beautiful, using see through film to see the amazing structure. Sorry I don't know the wing loading but I don't think most of them need to strong a wind to fly, if you look at the surrounding vegetation it's not moving to much.

I'm so impressed with them I'm about 3/4s the way through building the large size Super SInbad from a plan (it dates from about the 1940s) and loving every minute of the build as the structure takes shape and comes to life.

I'm really looking forward to getting to the slope with it.



Edited By Keith Sharples on 19/08/2019 18:58:24

fly boy319/08/2019 20:23:20
3596 forum posts
21 photos

I agree Keith, they are beautiful, and flown to perfection by John. The Super Sinbad looks a great model in the air too. Would these models be classed as gliders or slope soares? Even saw one model take off from the slope itself with no input from the pilot. Brilliant. Cheers

Brian Dickinson 319/08/2019 20:30:34
13 forum posts

Hello. I agree, he makes it look so easy. And the wind speed looks high sometimes.

His wife does a good job of videoing as well 🤗🤗


KiwiKid20/08/2019 01:59:00
485 forum posts
476 photos

John's models and videos are a work of art, ably assisted by an awesome slope (generating phenominal lift) that seems to exist in a micro climate of consistently fine weather with on shore breezes. Here's his latest project!



Andy Meade20/08/2019 08:50:42
2721 forum posts
690 photos

John is a very affable chap - if you want wing loading details, best to ask him through his youtube channel. As Kiwi mentioned above, they are all light wind models flying in on-shore breezes though, I'd expect them to be close to single figure oz/sq ft.

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