Soarer Baby (oz1322)


Soarer Baby (oz1322) by Albert E Hatfull 1946 - plan thumbnail

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Soarer Baby. Towline glider. Plan includes printwood.

Update 20/2/2024: Added kit instructions, thanks to Thomas Everett.

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Soarer Baby (oz1322) by Albert E Hatfull 1946 - model pic


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You have the designer of the 'Soarer Baby' as A Hatfull whereas the plan is signed E. J. Webster. It looks more like an Ernie Webster job to me.
Anyone know the date of this design?
Nicholas Tucker - 30/09/2019
Hi, Here are a some pictures of my KK Soarer Baby [main pic and 003]. Thanks,
Mark - 24/03/2020
I have the original plan and instruction leaflet for my Soarer Baby I built-up in 1965. It was a new kit then but I can't say if that was the actual year of its origin. In the 57 years that have elapsed I have only remnants of the right tailplane, wing root with partial right leading edge and half the outer left wing left. I built it at age 15, had just had an accident and was nursing a broken right arm, which was in a plaster cast and a sling. Nonetheless I was able to cut and place all the parts on the plan by getting myself into funny angles and a lot of leaning over sideways lol! The completed glider flew extremely well and it's only now after all this time, that I have the original battered plan out again and am incorporating the remaining pieces into a full rebuild.
Gary - 31/03/2022
Thanks Gary, have set the date to 1965, for now. Can you scan the kit instructions and send them in to us? That would be great.
SteveWMD - 01/04/2022
Aha, turns out ther was an advert for this in Aeromodeller, January 1952. So have set the date to 1952. For now.
SteveWMD - 02/04/2022
Having delved further into Aeromodeller back issues, the earliest reference I have been able to find to this design is in the KeilKraft advert on the back cover of the July 1946 issue, where there is reference to the "Soarer series, 5ft, 4ft and 3ft".
So this design is much older than previously thought - I would guess that early 1946 would be about right.
David Foster - 03/04/2022
Got it. 1946 it is, then. Many thanks.
SteveWMD - 03/04/2022
Had a thought that the designer was a chap named Saunders, I seem to remember an article in SAM 35 speaks a few years ago, maybe even by Phil Smith. Was this the same Saunders who designed the Astral Viking rubber powered twin?
Mike Hollamby - 03/04/2022
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