Clod Nine (oz12261)
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Clod Nine. Radio control slope glider model. A five-dollar sailplane for single or small 2-channel.
Quote: "Steve, Please find attached the plan for the Clod Nine glider a simple all sheet glider. This was published I believe in ...the 70’s (I don’t have the magazine anymore). All I have is the reduced plan published in the magazine, it wasn’t available as a full size plan. I scaled it up to the 72 inch size on the plan. I believe the designer was Dave Thornburg."
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Note this plan is, it turns out, from RCM, Jan 1972. It appeared as part of the article "Slope Soaring in Colorado's High Country" by Dave Thornburg.
Update 13/06/2020: Added article, thanks to RFJ, Mary.
Quote: "Soaring the Rockies! The idea was born during a midnight bull session in miserable windy January: a five-day trip through Colorado that would combine slope soaring, fishing, camp-ing, and motorcycling. The crew was to consist of veteran Albuquerque slope soarer Don Spellum, the club's junior expert, Steve Work, my wife Jan, and myself.
Wheels-up date was set for Saturday, June 19, and everyone scheduled their vacations accordingly. With six months to design and build in, we planned to take along three of the snazziest knock-apart sailplanes in the country. Then, suddenly, June 12 arrived and all three were still in the design stage. At the last minute Don adapted folding Jedelsky-type sheet wings to one of his old standbys, a six-foot vee-tail along Standard Austria lines.
Steve stayed up till 5 am the night before to stick together a sturdy all-balsa original with Jedelskys and a knock-off nose. (All noses, Don keeps pointing out, are knock-off.)
I hastily threw together the 'Clod Nine,' an all-balsa pod and boom design with those ubiquitous Jedelsky wings and one of the ugliest rudders ever attached to a sailplane.
We quickly stuffed these three beauties into Sig Foam Wing boxes, strapped them to the bikes, and rolled out on schedule Saturday morning..."
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User commentsClod Nine, the Old Buzzard's sense of humour at work again. And this time he went tight-fisted or minimalist or both, Heck, even the plan is minimalist! I didn't know of this one and I was a bit surprised, but if the benchmark was a 6-ft model for $5 then he won a bet. I liked that big note on top saying 'Celastic or Solarfilm on wing will *double* performance". I imagine he meant 'halve construction time' as the usual sandpapering, pore-filler plus a couple of dope coats with more sanding in between plus appropriate curing times are eternity compared to ironing thermoplastic. All in all a fun, time and cost effective model, and I suppose the important word would be "fun"!
Miguel - 13/06/2020
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