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Old 12-08-2006, 11:20 AM
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Hi,

I am thinking of adding a 100" sailplane to my collection. I want something that is built up as I enjoy the building process. Especially now it is winter....

What do people think of a Flair Albatross?? I fly from a slope and there tends be a quite a bit of wind so I need some penetration. I want the air brakes as the landing zone is small. Really, it seems like a choice between, the Sig Riser 100 and the Albatross. i don't fancy the Bird of Time as it has no brakes or spoilers.

Obviously for slope flying I could go for an acrobatic model - but I already have a couple of flying wings, a Chris Foss Phase 6 and PMP Bedlam. Really I am looking for a largish bird for the pleasure of building it and relaxing soaring - I enjoy my gentle lady.

Any suggestions, or comments on the planes mentioned??
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Old 12-09-2006, 10:52 AM
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Have you looked at the Great Planes Spirit 100. IMHO, it is a great 100" bird. I have built 7 of these, everything from just rudder and elevator to a full house sailplane. I have built them with and without the polyhedral in the wings and all of them have flown fantastic. I am going to build another this winter. They are a joy to build and a blast to fly. Check one out, I think you will like it.
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Old 12-10-2006, 04:36 PM
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Why not put brakes in the BOT? I did about 20 years ago!
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Old 12-23-2006, 08:51 PM
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Default RE: Which 100" Sailplane???

Satinet,
This site has some VERY cool sailplane kits. I built the XL Big Bird in the nostalgic area. He has many models and I searched his site and looked at everything.
http://www.skybench.com/
Ray Hayes owns the company and I met him at a meet at the AMA headquarters. He took time out to show me a wing attachment idea when I ask him. (He was CD that day and was busy).
The wood in the kit was terriffic. The laser cut wing ribs are stacked with rubber bands holding them together. It was my first kit from him and won't be my last. .. lownslo..
Bob .. in Indy

PS.... Some of his kits, (mine did), had plans for spoilers, or flap options. He also supplied the wood for the spoilers... brakes.
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Consider the Gnome. It's a good design, sturdy, and comes in numerous wingspans. It's available on the Internet.
The BOT does have spoilers--you just have to put them in yourself. I don't mean the ARF version, which would be more effort.
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:59 PM
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skybench.com also has the spoiler equipped 100" Oly II, an outstanding thermal glider with decent penetration, but is more a thermal machine than a sloper....
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Old 02-25-2007, 03:30 PM
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The Gemini and Gnome are both very good. The former is now being kitted in Germany--I found it with Google--and the Gnome is available in US, again can find it with Google.
I am flying my fourth gemini and have another kit.
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I second the Spirit 100 as a friend of mine recomended it to me and it flys great. Depending on where you live finding thermals may give you some trouble but here in the Desert of CA we have more wind than we need. I have been having so much fun soaring that I don't even take my wet fuel planes out of the truck and my little big winch should be here in a few days. This is a great plane that will challange a novice or an expert and the price is right. enjoy wo
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Whulbert,
My daughter lives in Palm Springs. I live in the UK but visit every year, Where do you fly?
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Old 04-06-2007, 05:04 PM
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i fly in warwickshire?

i've seen your name on other forums i think....
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Old 04-07-2007, 06:57 PM
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Default RE: Which 100" Sailplane???

Hi Sat

You can't go wrong with the BOT just add the spoilers. The extra wingspan over the 100" birds just puts it in another performance ballpark.

Perhaps a Marauder from MM GlideerTech whci has a more modern airfoil? <http://www.mmglidertech.com/marauder.html>

We sell these in Australia and they have been instrumental in getting guys their 8 hour slope flights in the US.

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What 100" plane did you get?
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I've got a couple of old kits of a "Flair Sunrise". It's you basic 100 RES plane. Undercambered wing and all flying tail. I'd still like to get a big bird, but I think i'll get my wife to buy me that for my birthday later in the year.
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Old 05-03-2007, 12:06 AM
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Default RE: Which 100" Sailplane???

Add spoilers to a BOT, or track down an old Sagitta 900 kit - even better. The Riser will go backwards any any sort of breeze.

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We have a flying site at 38 and Madison for gliders but if wet fuel is your game check out cvrcclub.com as we have a club paved runway that is 600 feet long and covered pits. It is an great place to fly and frendly members. Heck you might see me out there. If you need directions go to Hobbytown USA in Palm Desert and get the info. Happy soaring!
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:07 PM
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Where can you get a Gnome 3m? I have a Gnome 2m and like it very much
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Hi I just saw you looking for a great 100 inch glider, I have a 125 inch Gnome with spoilers, ready to fly after charging and receiver, I am selling for my pastor , the glider is in new condition, he has never flown it, hes a novice pilot..if your still interested please let us know.
Thanks Tom AMA # 222222
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Buy whatever Skybench is selling .
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thanks for the quick answer...He knows how to soar but the mt has to many trees for sloping...Thanks
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Default Price of a New Spirit 100 Glider by Great Plains ??

What did this glider kit cost new from Great Plains? Thanks !!
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