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100 inch unknown sailplane

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Phil B01/08/2020 10:46:40
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I bought this for ten quid from a former Malvern gliding club modellers estate. It was in a poor state but I've done most of the repair work, just needing to build a new one fin and rudder. Covering will be lightweight silk.

Can anyone please identify the model?

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100 inch span, Banded wings (I need to make 2 dihedral rods) tailplane goes over the stub fin and could be removable.

PatMc01/08/2020 22:53:44
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Hi Phil, I'm pretty sure I'd have some memory of any commercial or UK published plan glider of the era this is from but I don't recognise this one at all, IMO it's most likely an own design.
It does look quite an interesting potential floater, any plans to retro-fit spoilers ? And have you figured a way to make the rudder de-mountable so that the tailplane can be removable ?

Phil B02/08/2020 03:24:37
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I assumed it was from a kit as some of the parts have printed numbers on. I don't really want to interfere with the wing structure to add spoilers. Im still thinking about the tail attachment.

Martin Hodgson02/08/2020 08:53:38
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You could ask on the barcs.co.uk website. Or else the sailplane forum on rcgroups.com.

Robin Colbourne02/08/2020 16:28:34
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There'sa good chance it could be from abroad. Graupner, Multiplex, Robbe and Simprop have all sold models here, plus all those that British servicemen posted to Germany have bought back with them. Here's a good resource for German Kits Historic German Model Aircraft Directory

In addition to Germany, the USA, France, Belgium, Spain and Italy have/have had kit manufacturers.

Edited By Robin Colbourne on 02/08/2020 16:29:54

Edited By Robin Colbourne on 02/08/2020 16:38:17

PatMc02/08/2020 22:00:05
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Posted by Phil B on 02/08/2020 03:24:37:

I assumed it was from a kit as some of the parts have printed numbers on. I don't really want to interfere with the wing structure to add spoilers. Im still thinking about the tail attachment.

I've been thinking along similar line to Robin.
If the parts have printed numbers but no letters that hints non UK. Another clue could be the wing joiners' wire gauge - UK would most likely be SWG, European, Ausi & NZ - metric & US - imperial.

If taking up Martin's suggestion re RCG, it would be worth asking in the vintage section as well as the gliding.

Robin Colbourne02/08/2020 23:35:20
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I'm now wondering if it could be from the Bob & Roland Boucher/Astroflight stable. That diagonal sheeting behind the spar is one of the Boucher trademarks as are the diagonal tailplane ribs. Their Super Monterey is similar, but not identical. Here is one on RC Universe that has been rebuilt.

Astroflight Super Monterey

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