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Old Jan 07, 2012, 05:15 PM
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Kent,

This wing will move when needed. My flying weight is 2lbs. 3ozs. We flew it late in the afternoon and there wasn't any thermal activity that I could find. But, maybe tomorrow will be better and I want to try bending the hooks flater so I can maintain a high angle of attack to get higher on launch.

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Old Jan 07, 2012, 05:33 PM
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Kent,

This wing will move when needed.

Vern
I'm sure it will. I could tell you were trying to scratch out some lift.

I'm guessing that you have about a 7" chord. That would make the wing loading 5.62 oz / s.f.

That is lighter than anything I've got. Nice work.

Kent
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Old Jan 07, 2012, 05:59 PM
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Kent,

It needed no nose weight. Yes, the chord is 7". I began slowing it down and hoping for a bit of hot air, but only a touch. I will get higher launches and will have more time to scratch. I've got a 2000mah Nimh pack in the pod,plenty of juice, so once the launch gets better finding a thermal will also be easier.

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Old Jan 07, 2012, 06:58 PM
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Here's the other flight we did. Still trimming, but a video nonetheless. Flys like it was on rails. This wing will be fun to fly on thermal days.

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Old Jan 07, 2012, 08:39 PM
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Well that does it!
I'm itchin for a skinny wing. That wing looks like a fine thermal ship. I hope we see a thermal video.

Kent
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Old Jan 08, 2012, 03:44 AM
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Elegance!

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Old Jan 08, 2012, 09:15 AM
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Thanks guys,

Here is the article I sent in to "B2 Streamlines" years ago. I wanted to do and all molded version of this model. Unfortunately, Carbon and other supplies became very expensive. Plus I also became allergic to epoxy. Molding anything is very time consuming, and this wing would have become pretty expensive. The market wasn't ready for such a product.

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Old Jan 08, 2012, 12:36 PM
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Well that does it!
I'm itchin for a skinny wing. That wing looks like a fine thermal ship. I hope we see a thermal video.

Kent
Absolutely! What a truly elegant design. I particularly liked the moulded Nemesis.

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Old Jan 08, 2012, 02:46 PM
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I've managed to find a few more photos of them over the years. Did the new owner fly moulded version much Vern?
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Old Jan 08, 2012, 02:55 PM
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Paul,

I lost some pictures due to computer breakdowns and moving to Florida. I don't know if it was flown much, it may have been sold to a 3rd party. But, it seems to be on a nice hill and hopefully flwn like crazy. The Bae hawk I bought back from a fella that must have gotten it from another. So many models ..... I sold at least 75 for the Florida move. Thanks for posting the pics.

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Old Jan 08, 2012, 03:33 PM
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I guess a few of your models are
still remaining at milwaukee aera,
by my friend Mirko.
I was in Milwaukee for few month in 2001,
at concordia Mirko teached me slope soaring.

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Old Jan 08, 2012, 03:47 PM
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quaxi,

Yes, they sure do! Flying the lake michigan bluff was always fun. My favorite was Theresa, but it was a long drive. Mirko was the reason I learned slope soaring. What a slope enthusiast he has been over the years. No slopes in my area of Florida..... Arrrggg!

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Old Jan 08, 2012, 03:59 PM
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The best photos I found were posted by Mirko here on RC Groups, they really fired my enthusiasm and I managed find a few more on Greg Smith's Slope Flyer site.

I think one of these shows your the Super Sparrow and you can just about see the wooden wing in the background in the other shot too.

That must have been one hell of a garage sale when you moved! Any idea what happened to the Swift?
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Old Jan 08, 2012, 04:18 PM
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Paul,

Ah, yes the super sparrow.... that glider was very cool. I used to slope it and on thermal days get up really high and put it in a terminal velocity dive and try to break the wing.... it would be going so fast I could go almost get back to the same height I started at. Just screaming. I still have the mold for that fuse. Plus an original Sparrow fuse. Good times... good times.

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Old Jan 09, 2012, 06:56 AM
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Paul,

I sold the swift to another glider guy who had a big enough van to haul it around. Unfortunately I have never heard anything or if he even flew it. The garage sale was an epic event. Ducted fan jets, 1/3 scale models, gliders by the dozen, gas and nitro engines, electric motors, kits, boxes of plans, and 500 plastic model kits I collected. and all my wood shop tools.

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