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Old Sep 27, 2011, 03:28 PM
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My newest toy

Recently acquired Sapphire kit
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 04:02 PM
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A classic I'll always love!
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 05:29 PM
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Beautiful ship, and still deadly in competition if flown right.
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 06:06 PM
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Where did you get it?
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 06:40 PM
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Where did you get it?
Got it from one of my flying buddies for a more than reasonable price. He had it partially completed but is now flying mouldies.
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 10:20 PM
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Looks great. I was fortunate enough to get a kit this summer. Will be building it this winter. Can't wait!
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Old Sep 28, 2011, 02:29 AM
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Flew one for a few years till I became a sloper. Great flying sailplane with a good speed range. Enjoy!
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Old Sep 28, 2011, 08:14 AM
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I have a Sapphire which used to be one of my primary contest planes. It flies great at just under 64 oz. It will compete with moldies in the right hands. Great acquisition !

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Old Sep 28, 2011, 10:25 AM
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I have a Sapphire which used to be one of my primary contest planes. It flies great at just under 64 oz. It will compete with moldies in the right hands. Great acquisition !

Pete
It flies great...... already had a few 1000 point rounds flying against the vaunted RED mouldies.
If the weather is reasonable and the pilot is on his game the Sapphire can and will do well.
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Old Sep 28, 2011, 10:37 AM
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The horizontal stabs are not original Sapphire; they are aftermarket. I've heard rumors that the third-party stabs have a tendency to blow up under the stress of a hard launch. Can anyone substantiate/refute this rumor?
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Old Sep 28, 2011, 03:01 PM
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The horizontal stabs are not original Sapphire; they are aftermarket. I've heard rumors that the third-party stabs have a tendency to blow up under the stress of a hard launch. Can anyone substantiate/refute this rumor?
I believe it was the C/F joiner rods that would fail, the later versions do not use them
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Old Sep 28, 2011, 03:14 PM
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I've been flying a Sapphire fuse with the CF tail joiners in contests for a couple years and had no trouble with the tails to date. Probably worth inspecting them periodically, under magnification, for cracks.
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Old Jun 09, 2012, 05:07 PM
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Another Sapphire II

I just never get to fly the sapphire anymore.
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