Last Straw (oz1599)


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Last Straw. Free flight A2 towline glider. November 1953 Aeromodeller.

Quote: "Two of these gliders were built within nine hours by the British Team at the recent World A/2 Championships.

Losing their models on the journey cut to Yugoslavia didn't stop the British team from entering in the 1953 A2 World Championships. Working right through the night on the eve of the contest, they designed and built a couple of 'quickies', making the initial test flights during the first round.

Geoff Byrd scored a maximum on his second round flight and Tony Brooks lost the other model after the contest on an OOS flight at 15.56. The remaining 'Last Straw' was flown in the Yugoslav Nationals a few clays later - to place second, with an aggregate of 13:20.

Plans on the adjoining page are 1/4 scale and all vital dimensions have been included so enable speedy working drawing enlargements to be made. All sheet parts are given full size.

Begin by tapering the 61 in long fuselage stick as indicated - then bind and cement the tow hook in place. Mark the position of the rear end of the pylon and cement one of the D pylon pieces to it. Now add formers, top D piece, followed by 1/16 in sheet sides and the wing dowels. Complete fuselage by adding tailplane platform, upper and lower 1/8 sheet fins, auto rudder installation and wire DT fuse keeper.

Flying surfaces are conventional and no special instructions are needed When model has been covered and doped, add weight to nose until model balances at position indicated on plan..."

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In 1953 the British free-fly competition team lost their models on the flight to Yugoslavia. During the night before competition started they managed with help to built two "Last Straw" gliders and attended the World Championship 1953. I found the drawing in Aeromodeler 1953/Nov and built my Last Straw #1 in 1954 to compete in the district winter comp at Norrkoping. I remember it came second place. 50 years later (2004) Last Straw #2 was born and added the OT-SM (Swedish Old-Timer Association) national champ. I had some problem with the starting line but the lasr start was max time 3:59. Two years ago I gave my Last Straw to a younger OT-friend because my feet is no longer strong for running the start-take off. Here are some images [more pics 003-005]
OweCarlson_Sweden - 19/03/2018
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