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Old Mar 17, 2011, 06:26 AM
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The big one

Forgot to add some photos of the big one!

Mine was the same version as the model with the all-flying tail, known as the Mini Nimbus HS-7 (HS for the designer, Klaus Holighaus). This tail arrangement caused problems with British certification and the authorities insisted that an anti-balance tab was fitted.

It made little difference to the stick forces in reality, it did have some strange pitch stability behaviour but was not dangerous (technically known as phugoid oscillations!!).

The Mini Nimbus B had a conventional tailplane and elevator and the Mini Nimbus C had a carbon wing spar (could carry more water ballast I think).

If any modeller/full-size pilots get the chance to fly one I would highly recommend it, the airbrake/landing flap performance is eye watering if you use all of it!!

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