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pete beadle
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Hi all

I'm hoping someone can help me to get some info on a glider I've just had "donated" to me FOC

It's a rudder/elevator glider of 140" span (two panels of 68" plus 2" width of fuselage) It looks very much like an Eliminator, but slightly larger (than the 134)

Thing is, it looks like someone has modified the fuselage by bolting a separate centre panel to the top of the original fuselage - see pic, and I don't know if the original owner was doing this mod, or if a subsequent owner was.

It has a name and address label on it which states "Mr and Mrs Holmes of Kent (I have a road name, village and postcode also (but will not reveal this without the owner's permission) and a BARCS membership number, which is 2886, for who may or may not be the original owner

So, any help would be very welcome as I am just starting a full refit, because I really like the look of it........so, please PM me if you can help me

Regards

Pete

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Hi Paul w

I agree, it shouldn't hurt - It's Gillingham

I was wondering if I should go down the BARCS membership number on the wing route - 2886 - that's a reasonably old one (mine being 1702) Could PeteM or Austin be able to help? - please..... also I was thinking Tonbridge Club(?).

I was going to take some "before and after" pics of the resto once I found out its name:yes: but it is VERY like a bigger Eliminator 134:)

Regards

Pete

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Hi Paul w

Yes, it's I agree it's probably a bitsa because of the bolted on wing mounting, also there were very few plans or kits around in the past (70's 80's?) that were 140" span rudder/elevator competition models, but I think it would be good to know what this model actually is, wouldn't it?

The Diamond Cloud was 120" span but it was also designed by John Stevens so, perhaps this is the "big 'un" that he never kitted, stranger things have happened:)

Let's see if someone else replies, we haven't found out whose BARCS number this is yet, have we? It's still early days.........:thumbsup:

Regards

Pete

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Hi simon-t

Thank you, I have received your PM and replied to it

Please feel free to pass on my e-mail address to Paul

Thanks and regards

Pete

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Are we getting any closer to I'ding this?

That block the wing mounts to looks like something I'd do if I wanted to attach different (probably longer) wings to the fuselage.
Caught myself thinking that flap looks like a barn door... then realised that was the leading edge!!! 

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Hi all

Well it had to happen some time!

The Mystery Glider is finished and will soon be renamed "The Les Wilson O/D".......(O/D for own design ) of course.......Les being the designer, builder and original owner of this really impressive 'plane

Can't wait for the first day of "trimming weather" available on the Beacon.........it's been fun to re-furb, let's see how she flies!:thumbsup:

Regards

Pete

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Thanks Tony

Not my design of course (Les Wilson's) but there's definitely something about 11-12 foot rudder/elevator soarers isn't there?

They remind me of galleons rather than the F3B/F3J clipper ships.....fanciful I know, but I remember flying my dear old "Proton 140's" well after they were competitive, and, as we all know, competition models can make brilliant sports soarers!:yes::)

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Pete

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Hi Pete

I was just looking a bit more closely on the wing. It looks like the original builder applied what looks like 1/8" black chartpak tape around the 15% chord mark as a turbulator, unless of course my eyes have gone completely to pot.

Tony 

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Hi Tony

Not knowing anything about leading edge turbulators I could be wrong but, to me, it looks like  "Stikatrim", it's very thin....I've replaced the missing bits of red trim with Oracover strips here

Are we talking about the spanwise red trim or the narrower black trim?

Back in the 70's, 80's and/or 90's I don't remember anyone saying that these big, slow soarers would benefit from a turbulator or two.......although someone DID say that Solartex "painted" with epoxy resin, as this one appears to have, helped laminar flow......but, again I don't know whether that was true either.....this big fella seems to be a good advertisement for the KISS principle though:yes:

Regards

Pete

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Hi Pete

I was referring to the black stripe maybe it was just for trim. Only asked as my background is free flight and even though I don't fly anymore , I still have the models, most have some form or another of a turbulater. Lovely if you could get a video of her flying.

Tony

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