Drifter (oz11966)


Drifter (oz11966) by Tom Williams from Craft Air 1974 - plan thumbnail

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Drifter. Radio control sailplane model. For 2 channels.

Quote: "I checked and as of last week you did not have the plan files. Just trying to pay back for the one's I've downloaded over the years. Thank you for the service you provide. Mike."

Note this is the original Drifter - the Drifter I, so to speak. For the more famous later 1978 version see Drifter II (oz572)

Update 21/02/2020: Added kit review from RCM, January 1975, thanks to RFJ.

Quote: "RCM tests the Craft-Air Drifter.

The Drifter is a Standard Class sailplane, manufactured by Craft-Air, 5651 Kelvin Avenue, Woodland Hills, California 91364, and designed for general sport flying and competition in Standard Class events, by Tom Williams of Craft-Air.

The construction of the Drifter is conventional utilizing balsa, plywood, and hardwood, and contains a 44 x 29 inch plan sheet and separate ten page construction manual. We recommend that you build this one strong and light. Don't overlook the plywood wing tips since they provide the excellent pylon turns when flying the Drifter on the slope.

With regards to flight performance, this machine is very quick on the Hi-Start at launch and stable enough to get a high climb-out with full up elevator the last half of the travel on the Hi-Start. It is a very stable flier on the slope or in a thermal and fast turns can be made with a minimum loss of altitude. It has a wide speed range and is an all-around sailplane for general sport flying as well as having a potential for Standard Class competition.

Utilizing the Para-Pod manufactured by Craft-Air, the Drifter can be launched with this auxiliary engine system. However, this is a two man operation - one to fly the sailplane while one recovers the Para-Pod.

In our opinion, the wing design could use about 4 to 6 inches more span on both inner panels since, although it flew very well as a standard sailplane, we were fighting for altitude with the added load of a Para-Pod. In addition, we added 1/16 balsa shear webs between the wing spars for added durability.

Overall this is a better than average kit but with the price tag of $24.95 a minimum amount of hardware could have been included to add a little extra sales appeal."

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Drifter (oz11966) by Tom Williams from Craft Air 1974 - model pic

  • (oz11966)
    by Tom Williams
    from Craft Air
    72in span
    Glider R/C
    formers unchecked
  • Submitted: 17/02/2020
    Filesize: 317KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: MikeM

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Finally, thanks Mike.
I have been looking for this plan for over 30 years ;O)
Zebban - 21/02/2020
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