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Old Jan 02, 2011, 08:13 PM
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Hmmm.... That's a remarkable case of selective blindness. ;-) See below if you don't know what I mean.

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Old Jan 02, 2011, 09:14 PM
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One of my first planes and still have one. Just a nice flyer.
Stock build with 2100+watts on the nose and takes it straight vertical.
Gives a new meaning to hauling @$$. Take off is 6inches of slide or roll.
6c lipo at 87-90 amps.
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Old Jan 02, 2011, 09:15 PM
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I bet if you're willing to hand launch you can do without the wings and it will climb faster.
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Stock build with 2100+watts on the nose and takes it straight vertical.
Gives a new meaning to hauling @$$.
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Old Jan 02, 2011, 10:38 PM
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The Unrepentant Paragon Addict points his finger at you and proclaims "Blasphemer!"
Shame you never finished your Marauder...

You'd be saying "Para-what?!?!?" :P
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Old Jan 02, 2011, 10:40 PM
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Sorry, but just because it was good, easy and early there is one "IMHO" that has that spot and it is "THE BoT"

I know it is just my opinion

BTW

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GL... not the best... and EVERYBODY didn't have one... I never did. By my definition... the current best is the Icon 2.
I know you wouldn't want to say it but a very close second is the Houston Hawk IMHO
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Old Jan 02, 2011, 10:45 PM
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GL... not the best... and EVERYBODY didn't have one... I never did. By my definition... the current best is the Icon 2.
Never had one either, started on a SIG Riser, then built the GL's prop-spinnin' older brother, the Electra. Crashed that plane on maiden 'cause I used a Novak 410-M5 RC Car speedo plugged into an Airtronics FM Rx, browned the thing out at full throttle... BOOM!

After that, fast forward 10 years and I built my Marauder. Still have her, she just needs a refit.
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Old Jan 02, 2011, 10:48 PM
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I never had a gentle lady, I'm going with the Wanderer as best glider design ever, I had one in '78 and have one today for when the wind isn't cranking. super easy to build and super easy to fly or learn how to fly with as I have taught a number of friends how to fly with the wanderer.
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Old Jan 02, 2011, 11:22 PM
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Do you think it may be possible to ever not bring up an electric model when we're having a discussion about a pure glider?
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Old Jan 03, 2011, 12:02 AM
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Nah. No such thing. If you wag the rudder fast enough you can scull. ;-p
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Old Jan 03, 2011, 08:48 AM
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Yeah they are like termite's if you don't watch them they will eat the house. I prefer to use one of my hand carved Greenland kayak paddle's when sculling.
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Old Jan 03, 2011, 01:12 PM
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Sorry, but just because it was good, easy and early there is one "IMHO" that has that spot and it is "THE BoT"

I know it is just my opinion

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I know you wouldn't want to say it but a very close second is the Houston Hawk IMHO
Thanks for the "honorable mention"...
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Old Jan 03, 2011, 07:55 PM
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That's kind of OT unless you're going to put ailerons on it and attach to a fuselage for heavy weather slope soaring. Mine's too heavy even for that, but it paddles ok if you don't mind getting wet. Not sure how you could scull with it, tho.
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Yeah they are like termite's if you don't watch them they will eat the house. I prefer to use one of my hand carved Greenland kayak paddle's when sculling.
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Old Jan 03, 2011, 10:25 PM
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There was a thread that stated that something like 160,000 Wanderer kits were produce. I don't think that includes the ARF's that came along later..
Yup, Wanderer, best glider ever designed! A look at it's family tree says it even more, Mark Smith knew what he was doing, Thanks Mark!!!

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Who is on Wanderer #2 and has all three wingspan kits waiting for the building board to get cleaned off!! (>;

PS: There is somebody with a Wanderer kit in the for sale forum right now with a picture of mine. The kit is his, I am just braggin' about mine!!
Yep, I did a quick calculation and came up with approximately 48,000 Wander kits that I cut in the four years that I worked for Mark.
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Old Jan 04, 2011, 10:15 AM
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Lincoln, there's alot of strokes that can be done with a native blade. Not exactly sloping but there have been some adventurers that have gone down ski slope's in kayak's using a paddle for directional control. There's also a wing paddle that's popular in flat water sprint kayaking, but I digress, sorry guy's.
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Old Jan 04, 2011, 12:19 PM
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GL vs ?

I never have had a GL or Wanderer but back in the early 80's(?), late 70's(?), I built a Oly 99 with that nice Undercambered wing, it was a real floater/flyer/trainer in one package.
I might have to pick up a GL and a Wanderer just for grins so that I can say I built and flew one!! That is after my current work bench wood pile turns into something flyable.
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