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Mar 18, 2006, 01:54 PM
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Merlyn Cross Country Vintage Sailplane RTF

This might as well be the prototype from the original construction article in Model Aviation many years back. It's difficult to photograph, simply because of her sheer size, but I've tried to do her justice with a couple of photos. I also have the original magazine (intact) with construction article (a few pages of which I have scanned and posted for info [please note that of the two models featured on the cover of the magazine, this offer concerns only the Merlyn (that's the one standing on her nose with her tail in the air). As to the other model, you're on your own negotiating re availability, current condition, and/or price, about none of I am making any representation whatsoever ] I have the original Merlyn plans, intact. The Merlyn is Ready to Fly, lacking only Receiver installation. Stabilator and Rudder are driven by Airtronics 94102 servos; spoilers are driven by Atx 94454s, mounted internally in wings. All are on "old style" Atx connectors, but, if that is a problem for you, I can rewire everything to whatever you want. Rx battery is one year old 500mah nicads, perfectly good. Requires only 3 channels, and I will include a useable Rx/Tx (Futaba AM-narrow band) radio (which is what I flew it on) if you want a radio dedicated to this airplane from approximately the same vintage (don't be shy aboutAM radios--they work fine!). Finish is monokote over framework and paint over wood. I got it in one of those "hand-me-down" deals, and I've flown it a few times. It's nostalgically majestic, but just not my style. There's about $100 of very nice wood in it, even if only salvage value! I hate to think about cutting it up for the wood in it, but it's taking up valuable space in my shop, so I hope someone has a passion for these kinds of things. It will require about 15 lbs to ship when crated (the airframe with ballast weighs just a bit over 10lbs), and finding a suitable box will be difficult, but I will pay for all shipping costs if a deal can be struck. $140 as is (no Rx/Tx); $190 with Rx/Tx and absolutely RTF. Somewhere in between if you want me to do work on it before sending. My asking price assumes about $25 in freight and costs of fabricating some kind of shipping container, so seems pretty reasonable to me. I will be out of town for the next ten days, so don't be put off if you don't get an immediate reply, but I WILL respond to questions and queries for more info about the model (as long as you confine your queries to the Merlyn!).

04/09/06 update. The Merlyn is sold. I guess I priced it too cheap. JGO
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Mar 18, 2006, 02:28 PM
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Thats HUGE, whats the span?
Mar 18, 2006, 03:16 PM
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pm sent..... I can give it a good home here
Mar 18, 2006, 03:50 PM
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It is built to the maximum FAI size; span is about 153", Area about 2100 SqIn.
Mar 18, 2006, 07:23 PM
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Mar 18, 2006, 08:10 PM
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Sweet deal! I always miss the good stuff! I'll got #2 in line should something happen -- hey, you never know.
Mar 18, 2006, 08:20 PM
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Please make me number three in line!
Mar 19, 2006, 08:08 PM
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Ray Hays brought this to my attention!
So for the quoted price I gues I'm #4
Ken Bates
Mar 20, 2006, 05:19 PM
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Merlyn for sale

...add me to the list. I owned Kenny's metalic brown and tan version for a time...did my LSF Level 4 with it on the Lake Michigan Coast...great, great sailplane...luck guy.
Mike Fritz
Mar 24, 2006, 08:47 PM
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Ken and Mike,

Guess you'll just have to build your own Merlyn from the Sky Bench kit I'm coming out with later this spring. Maybe we could have a one of a kind Merlyn fly off at Wood Crafters 2007.

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Mar 24, 2006, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by dr.E
pm sent..... I can give it a good home here
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