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Old Nov 29, 2009, 03:49 PM
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Anyone remember this one???

Hi, I have been ratting through some of my junk and came across this lovely but very rare old beast from the 1970s. It was my main contest model back then and could out perform the Aquilas and the likes very convincingly.
124 inch span.

Can anyone name it?? or remember flying one??

This one is getting a birthday and will make a great electric conversion I'm thinking. Those big wing panels are just 6.5 ozs each uncovered.

Allan
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 10:32 PM
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Electrify ?? such a wast,that nose is so personal.

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Old Nov 30, 2009, 12:03 AM
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 04:38 AM
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Allan

what else have you got squirreled away in that shed?
Pity I can't be there to see it in the flesh.


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Old Nov 30, 2009, 02:18 PM
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Another clue

In answer to Steves question, I have way too much tucked away in the shed, just ask my wife. Fortunately it is a big shed and now the kids have grown up it is not full of eldest sons projects that progressed from push bikes to 500HP Nissan drift cars.

This lovely old beast was an English kit which was bought in Australia in about 1976. It has a smaller 100 inch english standard class sibling using the same fuselage. The fuselage is really nice, strong and light despite polyester and chop mat. Stuff I would never consider using these days.The red gelcoat is as good as ever. Amazing when you think of the years of hard competition flying it did way back then. Looking at the kit plans, I see there is actually a wooden fuselage shown.
As with all great sailplanes the performance is in the wing and this one was quite unusual for the time. It has a thin 9% flat bottom section of low camber. Almost modern by todays standards. It was light and stong too using spruce spars right on the wing surface to get the maximum distance between them. I never broke it on tow but it certainly has a number of wing repairs for other reasons.

Anyway, I'll give you all an extra day to ID it then I'll reveal all.

Allan
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Old Dec 01, 2009, 06:18 PM
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It's a SUPER NOVA

Well that's what the plan says. Designed by a J Baguley. I really can't remember who made the kit.

Anyone ever see or flown one of these.

Mine is the only one I have ever seen or even heard about, certainly the only one in New Zealand to the best of my knowledge. I'm starting to wonder if it was actually an Australian kit of a UK Plan. Either way it was, is, an outstanding performer in the that soft floppy old fashioned way pre high powered winches.

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Old Dec 03, 2009, 02:40 PM
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Could be either,,

Could be either a "Super Nova" or a "Wildflecken" althought he nose looks wrong for the latter.
Hope this helps
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Old Dec 06, 2009, 12:38 PM
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This Super Nova on e-bay

This one appeared on e-bay.....less dihedral than the photo, but th fuse looks the same

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/rc-model-glide...item3a559066c2


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Old Dec 06, 2009, 06:26 PM
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Thanks Timbo, definately a SuperNova. I'm guessing this one has ailerons with the reduced dihedral. It will be a dog other wise.
Were SuperNovas common in the UK? Did they get used in competition much?

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