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Junior. Free flight A1 glider model. Wingspan 1350mm.
Quote: "Hi Steve, I downloaded some drawings and started building on it. So it’s no more than fair that i would add something again. Junior is a 1970’s freeflight model with a open Jedelski wing. Regards,"
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Update 15/11/2019: Added kit review from Aeromodeller, June 1974, thanks to RFJ.
Quote: "Aero Modeller Kit Review. Trevor Faulkner runs a critical eye over the
RIPMAX-distributed Graupner Junior.
Verdict? Pricey, but good!
PROBABLY the most expensive A/1 glider kit on the market, with a retail price approximately three times that of the price of its UK competitors, one is perhaps excused querying the potential sales figures of the Graupner Junior in this country. The absolute beginner is unlikely to spend so much on his original essay, whereas the seasoned campaigner is more inclined towards own-design jobs, or the construction of a version published in plan form which allows his skill in wood-selection to be exercised.
However, the commercial brains of the hobby world must have decided that there was an adequate outlet for a fairly exotic kit appealing to the 'middle modeller', an outlet which could justify the obvious expenditure upon die-cutting and milling tools, and absorb the extra cost implied by above-average timber selection.
I hope they prove correct, as this model breaks away from many accepted conventions in design, fabrication, and presentation. Unfortunately, the imported item suffers savagely from our present currency exchange rate; let us hope that at least some examples will be seen flying during the '74 season.
Design Conception: A higher than usual aspect ratio, coupled with a long nose moment make this model distinctive. Add to this the full-balsa construction and the Jedelsky wing, and there is the impression of a design owing very little to the kind of A/1 we usually see.
Fabrication: Die-cut and numbered ribs, fuselage sections, fin and rudder parts are of excellent quality. Ready-made hooks, rudder horn and wing mount moulding (in plastic), with a transparent pack of alloy tube, nylon ribbon, rubber bands, pins, etc., give the impression of thorough provision of all the minor components likely to be needed. None of these items are skimped in terms of either quality or amount.
The most eye-catching piece of die-cutting is that of the saw-tooth tur-bulator (wish it were marketed!) The moulded wing front sections adhere to reasonably close limits in the areas where they join the rear halves and the pre-shaped spruce leading-edges. The traditional Jedelsky construction method had been modified to facilitate assembly by the less experienced, although I have one reservation about the result which will be covered later.
Presentation: In my opinion, this leaves its competitors far behind. The plan (very easy to read) carries all part numbers and (in a differing code) explanatory details. These are duplicated in the excellent instruction booklets in German, French, Italian and English (a modeller's language course in miniature!). An exploded drawing, clear photographs and simple diagrams should, between them, provide more than enough information for the young builder. In only one or two details could the vocabulary be faulted..."
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