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Old Jan 13, 2003, 11:32 PM
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Can you help identify this sailplane?

My son won this electric sailplane at our club xmas raffle. It was in a pretty scabby state when we got it but he stripped it all down, recovered it and repainted it. The problem is we don't know what plane this is and it would help us find out more about it if we knew what it was. Any suggestions?

Specs

Span 60"
Chord 8" at root, 5.5 " at tip
Tip flares up
Slight dihedral , wings have ailerons.
Wing area 405 sq in = 2.81 sq ft
Length 39"

Weight with a 480 and 7 cell 600 pack is 39ozs
Wing loading 13.9 oz/sq ft

Prop 6 x 3 graupner folder.
Jeti 180 speed controller

Apart from what model is this, will this motor power combination work? Should I go to 8 cells?
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Old Jan 13, 2003, 11:34 PM
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The fin and rudder was actually squared off, but we rounded them to clean up the bad bits and to make it look better.
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Old Jan 13, 2003, 11:49 PM
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Note to self

Time to redo tile grout

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Old Jan 14, 2003, 12:04 AM
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Ian,
I'm not sure about the plane but can I come to your next Christmas party? We only get c**p!
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Old Jan 14, 2003, 12:38 AM
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I think I've seen something similar at the field near me. Could it be a Wendy with modified wing?
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Old Jan 14, 2003, 12:43 AM
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Here she is... From NESail.

On second thought, no it's not a Wendy. Wings are straight and un-tapered, tail surface is rounded... sorry
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Old Jan 14, 2003, 02:25 AM
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If the fuselage is plastic, it could be something from Graupner or Robbe. Look into Hobby Lobby International and see if you get a match.

With the 480, 8 cell is OK, but the Jeti 180 might not able to handle the high current draw.

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Old Jan 14, 2003, 06:04 AM
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wendy

sure looks like a wendy fuse to me ,maybe with a differant wing

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Old Jan 14, 2003, 06:34 AM
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That would be an older Graupner "UHU" sailplane, circa mid-90's. It was a kit with a "perfekt-fertigrumpf" (plastic) fuse and a built up wing. Good flyer......Call Hobby-Lobby or search the Graupner webpage. I had a few of these years ago but no longer have any info.
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Old Jan 14, 2003, 08:28 AM
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Thanks for the feedback guys.

It does indeed have a plastic fuselage.

Pete,
If you had seen this when we got it ,you would have said the same about our xmas parties!
I think my son did a really good job restoring it - it's the first time he's done anything like that.

It does look a lot like the "Wendy," but I see what you mean about the tail, although the fin/rudder was that shape before we altered it.

It also came with a second slightly different wing. I need to check - maybe we put the wrong wing on it, but I know this one fit the best.
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Old Jan 14, 2003, 08:35 AM
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Just checked on the Wendy - it's a lot smaller and lighter than this one, also the wings are foam core with cut out sections. I know that didn't come out in the photo too clear.
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Old Jan 14, 2003, 12:23 PM
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That would be an older Graupner "UHU" sailplane, circa mid-90's. It was a kit with a "perfekt-fertigrumpf" (plastic) fuse and a built up wing. Good flyer......Call Hobby-Lobby or search the Graupner webpage. I had a few of these years ago but no longer have any info.
Close, but no cigar... It's a Graupner "Akro Junior" , an aileron version of the Junior. The "Electric Uhu" was it's predecessor. Nowadays the have the Junior Sport (without) and the Junior Sport Plus (With ailerons, but still double dihedral). That is if it has 2m wingspan. This 'new' version has 1.6m wingspan:

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Old Jan 14, 2003, 02:47 PM
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That looks a lot more like it!

Thanks again guys - I knew I could count on you!

I'll do some checking to try and confirm it.
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