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Sep 19, 2019, 04:20 PM
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SZD Pirat


Some 26 years ago I built the SZD Pirat from the RCM plans, my first-ever (and only) scratch build. Did a couple of hand throws but cracked the fuse; never had a proper hi-start or winch and got busy with other things (hang gliding). Hauled it out a few days ago for when I get some relearning on a Wanderer99 and heavy-duty hi-start.

The Pirat with modified tips ended up at 114" span and 4.2 pounds. Got permission at the local small airport to use the 1000' grass runoffs at the ends of the runway to use for towing/flying. Saves me getting the wings punctured in the now-reaped corn and soy bean fields.

Still have the paper plans but saw they've been scanned and are available here, so see attached.

Wish me luck!
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Sep 19, 2019, 05:22 PM
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Pirat in progress from Oldgliders.com kit. Framed up last year but on hold until recently for F3b WC stuff. It is covered and surfaces are painted now. Still working elevator and rudder control installations before I start painting the fuselage.
Sep 19, 2019, 07:28 PM
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Sweet! Have you picked a color scheme yet?

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Sep 22, 2019, 03:37 AM
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A Pirat at the Schlepp und Schnack, Kiel Germany last weekend


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Sep 22, 2019, 09:07 AM
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Thanks, Speedster. Beautiful glider, and wonderful set of photos you posted from S+S-2016.

It'll be a little while until I can get my Pirat in the air. Got some practice yesterday with the Wanderer99, and it showed a lot of operator error.
Sep 22, 2019, 09:09 PM
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Sweet! Have you picked a color scheme yet?

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It will be yellow and red. Surfaces already done. Fuse is now yellow. It should get red trim tomorrow.
Oct 12, 2019, 08:43 PM
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Pirat


Completed Pirat, first flights at Black Dirt 2019 Aerotow.

Yellow and Red KlassKote over Sig Coverall.
Oct 12, 2019, 09:32 PM
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Beautiful! I imagine it flew well, and smooth.
Nov 15, 2019, 09:01 AM
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Sweet!!!
Mine is still on the ceiling. Too many life interruptions recently.


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