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Old Nov 23, 2007, 10:10 AM
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Cambrian Elan 100S

Hello folks,

I have just received a Cambrian Elan 100S two-channel glider through the post. This glider might be familiar to UK readers as I think it has been around for a bit. I like these old fashioned traditional built up jobs (code for: can't afford a moldie!).

A search on the web reveals next to no info on this model so I thought I would help that a bit.

Cheers

Gary
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Old Nov 23, 2007, 10:34 AM
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I'm guessing the span at 2.5-3M? Slick looking bird. Availability?
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Old Nov 23, 2007, 11:30 AM
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Hi CP!

Yes, 100 inches or 2.5m span, uses the Eppler 205 section.

I got mine direct from: http://www.shop.edirectory.co.uk/cam...ia/pid/5594679

It does say they ship worldwide, mine took two days to arrive (from 50 miles away) so I presume they are in stock.

Cambrian have changed hands I think and I was not sure if they were still trading but they obviously are.

I've started on the wing already and hit a couple of problems (more later).

Really don't want to make any mistakes with this one.

Cheers

Gary
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Old Nov 23, 2007, 02:10 PM
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Awesome....I'll have to follow your progress. I like the looks and cost.
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Old Nov 23, 2007, 03:15 PM
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I should say what you get in the box.

Two sheets of plans (only one wing, you have to trace through for the other side).

Some 'Liteply' parts (fuselage sides) and pre cut fuselage top and bottom.

A bag of pre-cut balsa ribs and a stack of ply ribs. Balsa sheet and strip wood, spruce (spars).

Bag of balsa/ply parts and a bag of hardware, snakes, moulded canopy cover and four pages of A4 for instructions (not illustrated).

Most parts are numbered.
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Old Nov 23, 2007, 03:18 PM
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Gary, how would you rate the quality of the materials? It simply looks right...like a sailplane that would fly well.
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Old Nov 23, 2007, 03:36 PM
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The instructions recommend building the wings first, starting on the root panels (the wings are made up of a parallel chord root panel and two outer tapering panels).

The trailing edge is made up of 1/16 sheet with trailing edge stock glued on top which gives a 'ledge' for the tail of the ribs to sit in. The problem here was that the trailing edge stock is too thick and it is also not 'right angle stock' (it's Isosceles triangle stuff). What that means is that the tail of the ribs would not be able to butt up squarely. Luckily I had some correct trailing edge stock in my scrap box so I've used that.

The first four ribs are doubled with 1/16 ply and take two brass tubes for the wing joiners.

I'm at the stage of fixing the upper spruce spar on, nothing too difficult here, just need to be careful before committing to glue.

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Gary
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Old Nov 23, 2007, 03:47 PM
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Hi LV!

Wood selection is generally good, I will have a better idea when I get further along. Some of the strip is out in size, think that has been caused by using imperial equivalents of the metric sizes, the leading edge is supposed to be 6x6mm but it's 6.5 (1/4") for instance. Not a problem really.

The ribs are nicely cut and seem to have been made 'sandwich style' as there are matching pin holes through them. Just as well as there are quite a few to assemble!

Cheers

GB
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Old Nov 24, 2007, 11:06 AM
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Those root ribs look....beefy.....looks like a nice kit!

Hmmm...where's that currency converter....
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Old Nov 24, 2007, 02:59 PM
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Well I hope that they're beefy enough!! Especially when I pull the bungee to full stretch!

I've got the best part of three wing panels done, sheeting the leading edges was a bit tricky (just needs some patience). All the ribs have capping strips.

I probably won't join them until I've got the fuselage joiner holes aligned.

Outer tip panel has balsa spars instead of spruce, this one needs the spar webs adding and sheeting, tips are carved out of balsa block.

Only three more panels to go!

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GB
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Old Nov 24, 2007, 07:37 PM
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Nice looking kit. I don't know why, but I thought of an old Airtronics kit when I first looked at the pic. Does anyone market this kit in the States?Looking forward to following this build log.

Dion
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Old Nov 25, 2007, 02:50 AM
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Hi Dion,

Cambrian don't seem to be supplying to shops in the UK but you could get one from the link in the post above.

I'm not sure quite how old this design is, I'm guessing at 15 years but could be older.

No building today, off to the airfield for some full size fun!

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Gary
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Old Nov 25, 2007, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by dion9146
Nice looking kit. I don't know why, but I thought of an old Airtronics kit when I first looked at the pic. Does anyone market this kit in the States?Looking forward to following this build log.

Dion

It looks a little bit Saggita-ish in the nose doesn't it. Tails different, and the multi-poly wing whatever you call something with 6 bays is kinda cool.

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Old Nov 26, 2007, 03:42 PM
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Think it's just called polyhedral (but don't quote me!). I like that feature too.

Sorry this picture is a bit dark, I laid the panels out next to a wing from my Flair Sunrise (also 100S). That wing has just been rebuilt from a nasty bungee launch that was all my fault (too windy for it). They should look good together.

Cheers

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Old Nov 26, 2007, 03:58 PM
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Hi Gary
You're sure going for it on this build.......is Mrs B out of town or something?

Best Regards

Gordon
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