DG 42 (oz14892)
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DG 42 Vintage Soarer. Radio control sailplane model. Wingspan 1530 mm.
Quote: "DG 42 vintage soarer. I built the D.G.42 in 1940 in order to get a good model of average size, for ease of transport. At that time gliders with a wing span of 2.5 to 3.5 metres were very popular. The fuselage of this model resembles that used by several full size sailplanes built by the Milan firm 'Cattaneo', in particular the wing position, above and behind the pilots seat.
Construction: Construction is quite simple and straight forward. For ease of transportation the wing is made in four segments which are joined together by ply joiners. The fuselage requires some care during the assembly, it's cross section is hexagonal. The formers are mounted on an aluminium tube. When the glue has dried the aluminium tube is extracted and the excess portions of the formers are removed. By doing so the fuselage is very light. In those days Balsa wood was not available, the model was made with thin poplar slabs and birch plywood.
In 1990 I rebuilt the model for radio control by installing control surfaces in the tail, whilst still using the same materials as with the 1940 prototype. Medium balsa can be easily substituted for the hard woods if the thicknesses are increased.
Several Italian modellers have built the model and the model is very stable both on the bungee and for slope soaring. In Australia John Quigley has built a double size D.G.42 which stood up very well at the Aussie Nationals."
DG 42, from Silent Flight, June 1993.
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