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Old Mar 05, 2006, 01:27 AM
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Help identify this sailplane

Folks,
I recently acquired this sailplane, and need help identify it. The saiplane has 129.5 inch wing span, and fuselage is 50.5 inch long. Fiberglass thoughout, and hollow cored wings (vacuum bagged?). Appreciate your help to identify it.
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Old Mar 05, 2006, 02:04 AM
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Looks a lot like a french glider called "merlin" or so from quite some time ago, on of the first all moulded models I ever saw
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Old Mar 05, 2006, 08:54 AM
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Merlin

Yes it's a Merlin it is from Germany one of the frist to use the hollow core molded wings I got one from Wilshire Hobbys back in 83 or 84..it not only looks good and flys great..have some more infor on it but sill looking for it Craig
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Old Mar 05, 2006, 11:21 AM
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Thanks alot WimH and Craig. Now at least I know its name.... am told that this sailplane was from Los Angeles area... assume Wilshire Hobbys is/was in LA area, right Craig?

I don't have a build instruction. Flap pieces apparently need angular trimming at the jointing surface before putting them together. Also not sure about the tow hook placement. If you could, please share build instruction/photos. Thanks!

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Old Mar 05, 2006, 12:01 PM
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Merlin

Here is the add from Wilshire and there was no instructions but will try to help you Craig
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Old Mar 05, 2006, 08:04 PM
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Wow... I bet that one went over well here in the States in the early 80's when "Gas Bags" ruled the circuit.

Notice the price? $450 for a hollow molded composite ship. Just about in line with inflation at today's prices.

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