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Feb 08, 2013, 03:52 PM
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Name that Sailplane : Style vs. Performance

I was reading the thread about the Bird of Time and after reading some of the comments, it got me thinking. If you have been flying RC Sailplanes for a while now, is there one particular sailplane, that one, above all other's that you just love looking at in the sky ?? And if it happens that the performance and flying qualities are not all that great, well, that's OK, because it's so damn beautiful in the air ?? What sailplane would that be ??
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Feb 08, 2013, 04:04 PM
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This one. Called an Easy Riser built in '83 from a kit I bought while stationed in Germany. Something about the way the nose droops and the proportions just looks good to me.
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Feb 08, 2013, 04:04 PM
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#1 Hobie Hawk
#2 RnR Nova
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Feb 08, 2013, 04:29 PM
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Legionair 132...
Feb 08, 2013, 04:37 PM
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# 1 Airtronics Super Esprit
# 2 Falcon 880
# 3 Legion Air 140
# 4 Skybench Osprey 2M
# 5 Airtonics Aquila XL, Grande' and Standard
# 6 Victor F3J
# 7 Wanderer 99

Feb 08, 2013, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Thermaler
# 3 Legion Air 140
Originally Posted by schrederman
Legionair 132...
I'll second (or third) the Legion Airs, I had a 140 until it went away.The BOT is one of my faves too making the Frank ZaicThermic 100 heritage very apparent with Wolf wing planform and semi-elliptical empennage, a good mix of vintage shapes with modern construction to adapt to R/C operation. I suppose the Albatros Classic will be the new BOT now and it's heritage is clear also.
Feb 08, 2013, 04:57 PM
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To me, Sagitta 900.
Feb 08, 2013, 05:03 PM
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Feb 08, 2013, 07:45 PM
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Feb 08, 2013, 08:19 PM
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Feb 08, 2013, 08:50 PM
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Surely there is no need for me to actually say it..... after all, I am completely unrepentant.
Feb 08, 2013, 10:49 PM
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Originally Posted by LVsoaring
Surely there is no need for me to actually say it..... after all, I am completely unrepentant.

HI LV. It's a great floater!
My vote for another floater, perhaps not as effective as a ... Paragon, now I've said it, would be a Windrifter, speaking from personal experience.
Feb 08, 2013, 10:53 PM
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I'm with Kurt Z....ain't nothin' like a Sagitta with transparent color covering!

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Did the product review of the Sagitta 900 for M.A.N. in 1980.
Feb 08, 2013, 10:59 PM
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Feb 09, 2013, 04:06 PM
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My 2 Cents

Here's my list:
  • Windsong - simply Dodgson's best
  • Windfree - a 2 channel ballerina
  • Tie: Magnum 12 and any span Sagitta
  • Legionnaire (Any Span)
  • Bird of Time (or any of its derivatives)
  • And, as beauty is in the eye of the beholder and form follows function, any Shuttle but the 2M version

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