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Les Belle Maquettes's Albatros Glider
An old favourite of many sailplane pilots. I love this design. If someone is adventurous enough I'd like a translation of all the instructions on the plan which are in French. I will definitely make the changes to the plan and make a revision leaving the original intact.
This looks like my winter project :D Personally I'm going to convert it to RC. I'd suggest that if you want to layout the fuselage as shown, take a sheet of balsa and wrap it around rather than using several strips as shown. If you are thinking this would be a great idea to make it RC remember you will need to double up for control surfaces. You will have to learn to rebalance for CG and make the necessary adjustments for weight of the balsa,ply, servos, receiver, battery and nose weight. This would be an excellent project for those will smaller building spaces and those that are learning the craft of flight mechanics. Even though there are several updated Albatross glider kits, this one just has that special something.
A great build for every level but I would suggest the help of an experienced builder if you want it to fly! Also, the plan suggests making your own lead nose weight. Err on the side of caution when dealing with lead.
Another great feature of this plan is a second sheet of balsa layout cuts to maximize balsa usage.
For more information http://www.lfok.eu/index_an.htm HOBBY-FRANCE-MAQUETTE Catalogue. Nothing on this model but it may have some search capabilities to find whatever you're looking for.
*** The video shows how fast gliders can fly...RC version
***** The article shows the beautifully crafted wooden Albatross glider with some great photos.
Span 13.56 m./ 44.5 ft
Area 13.93 sq. m. / 150 sq.ft.
Aspect ratio 13.2
Empty weight . 136 kg. / 300lb
Payload 93 kg. / 205 lb
Gross weight 229 kg. / 505 lb
Wing loading 16.44 kg. / sq.m. / 3.3 lb. / sq. ft.
L/D max. 20
Min. sink 0.69 m/s / 2.25 fps
No. built 156 kits sold
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Love building and flying. I've always flown on private property and only been involved with clubs twice. I live in southern Ontario Canada near Niagara Falls. I build at least one plane a year. I am fairly new to 3D helicopters.
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My name is Donnie and I've been flying planes, helicopters, racing cars and launching rockets since 1970 when I got my first U-control plane from Carl Goldberg models. I finally got my first RC in 1983 a Cessna 182 kit with four channels. My favorite planes are 3D of every sort of aircraft. Anything capable of punching holes in the sky. IRL I work with programming and I use the skills I have to build my own designs and plans. Thank you for the donations.
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