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Old Oct 24, 2011, 10:54 AM
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What is the worst glider of all time?

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We all have our favorites, i.e. Pantera, Sagitta, Paragon and the rest...

... but what are the WORST gliders you have ever owned?

Let me start by offering the following:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Discus-711-4...-/320730402800

Now it wasn't from this seller. It was from some Asian seller in the New Jersey area who has been kicked off ebay a couple of times.

This was about 6 years ago, and I got one of these 'ebay specials' for around $150 delivered... it was complete utter crap!

The fuse had a twist in the tail of about 5 degrees, and it had only paint primer!

The wings were warped and just crap! I didn't even fly it because every flight review I read had the plane crashing ... why bother.

There was a kit that I had in the 1980's called the Conquistador... 3 meters and a lead sled. I couldn't get the weight down and it was just a failure.

Both planes some 20 years apart went right into the trash can in the end

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Old Oct 24, 2011, 11:29 AM
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I submit the Hobie Hawk. Back in the day it was thought to be revolutionary.
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 11:32 AM
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I guess I've been lucky. Although I've had a few disappointments of course.

In the late '80's I bought a "Spirit of '76" all styrofoam glider on clearance sale for I think about $15. As a glider, it was a dog. Then a friend sold me a glow powered trainer that had done a high speed cruise through a tree. I removed the radio and a .09 engine with throttle from the wreckage, installed everything in the Spirit of '76 along with a carved from high density foam "cabin" which gave it a kind of Cessna look to it. I also used the landing gear and steerable nose wheel from the wrecked trainer.

That airplane was one of the best darn trainer planes I've ever flown. I taught several friends to fly with it, one of whom gave me a hundred bucks for it.
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 11:37 AM
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Re: Hobie Hawk it's interresting how there's a love/hate kind of thing going on with this bird. Some sware at them and some guy love them. It's sure a looker, I have one on display where I live. Some day........
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 11:44 AM
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I submit the Hobie Hawk. Back in the day it was thought to be revolutionary.
It's funny how two people can have such differing experiences with the same thing.

In 1975 I got into RC from free-flight by getting a Hobie. I trashed it in about 6 months of teaching myself to fly, then got another one. I guess because it was the only RC I'd ever flown I just didn't know any better, but I came to love the Hobie. Over the next 20 years I kept myself well supplied with Hobies at low prices from those who hated them. Of course they are too expensive for me now, being collector items and all.

To this day, I modify all my R/E gliders to have real quick handling like the Hobie had. We didn't have computer radios back then, so I learned by pinching the sticks gently instead of using my thumb, and barely moving the sticks for normal flying.

With the Cg at 19" and lots of control throws those things would Lomcevak.
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 12:55 PM
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I submit the Hobie Hawk. Back in the day it was thought to be revolutionary.
LOL! You do realize that one of thees planes sold for over $1,000.00 recently?

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1428557

Yep back in the day this was the plane to have!

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Old Oct 24, 2011, 01:02 PM
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I also remember owning a Bob Smith fully glassed bird ... had glass over foam and cambered wings.

it was T-Tailed and a handful to fly ... I was too young and inexperienced ... I would love to buy that plane today.

Hey, this tread is about the WORST planes, not the best

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Old Oct 24, 2011, 01:23 PM
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Don't forget the Fling DL http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXKAG3&P=7
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 02:04 PM
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Midwest Soarer, and of course the Fling DLG
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 02:15 PM
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 02:32 PM
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You mean no one has brought up the Skeeter......

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Old Oct 24, 2011, 02:41 PM
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Worst in my time

Since I am a midwest TD guy with no slope lift near home, the worst that I have flown while trying to thermal has been from AviaModelli. Tried two (plastic fused, presheeted wings, slab tail feathers,) with no success. The only pure GLIDERS (ie: coast down only) I have ever flown. Probably would have flown in moderate slope lift but the straight dihedral two channel controls were pretty marginal.
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 03:27 PM
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The Hobie is a great design if flown within it's limits and with an understanding of how it flies. Taught myself how to fly with one. Crashed and repaired quickly. Something no woodie could accomplish in the day. Still have it and 5 others.

Worst plane for me was a Graupner LS-4. Skeeter. Dynaflight Bird of Time kit and ARF with the ARF being worst. Flinger DLG and 2 Meter. A design I got out of Ukraine as a sample. It was a can of worms and I was so happy when it crashed. There are many bad planes.
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 04:33 PM
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I think the Bob Smith model was the Sea Breeze, all glass, heavier than a tank, although I do remember it being able to plow right through other stuff on the slope with hardly a bump, it was a real pig.
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 04:33 PM
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explorer 2m arf is a real dog in many ways
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