Wanderer

 

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Wanderer  
by Mark Smith
from Marks Models
1975 
72in span
Tags: Glider R/C
all formers complete :)


Submitted to Outerzone: 07/03/2013
Outerzone planID: oz4100 | Filesize: 557KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: Moeregaard

   

About this Plan

Wanderer - Radio control soarer. For 2 channel RC. Wing area 553 sqin, Weight with radio 25oz.

Quote: - "Hi, Steve. Please find attached the plan for the Wanderer sailplane. This is the original, 72in version designed by Mark Smith and kitted by Marks' Models in the mid-1970s. No rib templates shown for the tapered portion of the wings, but any capable scratch builder will figure things out. Back in 'the day' one could get into R/C soaring for less than $100, with a Wanderer kit and a cheap two-channel radio. Very easy to build and repair, the Wanderer probably got more people into soaring back then than any other design."

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Supplementary files

Wing rib templates file, thanks to EricM.

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User comments

When I was in my teens in the mid/late '70s, Wanderers were everywhere and our local hobby shop couldn't keep them on the shelf. They seem to fly well even when poorly constructed.
Moeregaard - 08/03/2013
There is a post on RCGroups by tinkrerpilot with some useful drawings of the (76in?) Wanderer wing ribs here - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11802480&postcount=18 but they will need scaling up.
SteveWMD - 08/07/2013
Steve, Here is a link to the construction manual for the Wanderer. It includes layout of all of the wing ribs as as all of the parts. They do need to be scaled to the correct size. http://manuals.hobbico.com/dyf/dyfa3901-wanderer-manual.pdf This looks like a good model to add e-power by replacing the cos .049 shown on the plans.
Keith - 24/02/2014
Hi, Steve. Hereís a photo of a friendís Wanderer taken in 1977, from the hill where we spent our teenage years [see more pics 003]. Our neighborhood in southern California had not yet been fully developed, and every day after school you could find a bunch us up there flying Wanderers, Windwards and other designs from that era. We also installed a Cox Tee Dee .051 with a 3/4-oz. fuel tank on my brotherís Wanderer, and that took it almost out of sight. Iíd recommend this airplane as a first scratch build, and itís still a great trainer. Just pick good wood for the wing spars.
Moeregaard - 08/12/2014
I first learned to fly at the Bean Field, then at Bluff Cove, one of the best spots in So Cal. My friend had a Wanderer and I had an Astro Flight Malibu. I rebuilt that plane several times. I wish I had a plan for the Malibu nowadays.
Chris - 09/12/2014
Supplement to plan #4100: Version you have online looks like original M.M. The later is by Dynaflite. The attachment is for the ribs. The original die crushed ribs are poorly sized for assembly. The airfoil used on the Wander does not seem to conform to any particular standard like Clark "Y". looks as though they were drawn with a French curve and voile' there you have an airfoil. (See attached file: Wanderer_72_templates.pdf)
EricM - 30/03/2015
Getting back into the hobby and this plane is still the easy fling, sturdy platform I remember [see more pics 004, 005].
EricM - 08/07/2015
Added nice picture of completed model, thanks to Alf Britchford [more pics 006].
Mary - 27/05/2017
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