Gander - Canard free flight model. Experimental design for PAAload competion.
"My attention was first grabbed by this strange but fascinating looking canard model back in 1954 when a photo of it was posted in 'Model News' in the Aeromodeller. I was aware of G. R. (Bob) Woollett as a talented builder of detailed non-flying scale models and the creator of several published designs, in particular a couple of very smooth cabin models, the Phoenix (oz853) and Wren (oz1568) and a low wing design called Linnet (oz1848), but apart from that one photograph nothing else ever appeared about the Gander - until 1986 when, again in Aeromodeller, there appeared a picture of one (at an Old Warden meeting) built by Les Hoy. Again I was intrigued by the model, but then forgot about it until, browsing through the old Aeromodeller collection (as you do!) in 2013 I came across the original 1954 photo which piqued my curiosity again sufficiently to post an enquiry on the RCG Vintage forum about the unlikely possibility of any plans for this unpublished rarity existing. No reply was forthcoming so I decided this was one of the legion of lost designs - until 4 years later, April 2017 when to my great surprise I got a PM on RCG from Les Hoy, the builder of the 1986 Gander, saying not only that he had the plans but that he would be happy to send them to me! He duly did, and the story of how they came into his hands is fascinating.
It seems that Les a SAM35 member at the time, spotted the 1954 photo in 1985 and managed to get in touch with Bob Woollett. Bob said that the plans no longer existed BUT the original model did and he would be happy to draw up a plan from this! This plan, beautifully hand drawn and lettered on squared paper and signed by Bob Woollett, is the one which Les sent to me and I passed on to Steve to scan for the Outerzone. As Les also kindly sent me full and reduced size photostats, I was able to retain these with the aim of building one for electric power and R/C. This will not be a quick project as the fuselage structure looks somewhat challenging and obviously some mods will be required for R/C, especially if I decide to incorporate pitch control on the foreplane, but all the ribs for the elliptical flying surfaces and other bits are drawn on the plan so there are no major hurdles to overcome. It is interesting to note that Bob Woollett intended the model as an experimental PAAload design and a "dummy" is shown on the plan. So there it is, some 63 years after the original was built, this "lost" design is now available for anyone to have a go at - and even if no-one does build it, the designer's hand drawn plans are a fascinating study. Regards, Sundancer."
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Greyscale version of the same plan scan. 240 dpi, this may show more detail.
Greyscale scan of pencil drawing on the rear of the original. Shows left wing panel layout.
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