World Champion Glider - Victory - MAN April 1954. A/2 class World Championship winner.
Quote: "Winner of the 1953 World Glider Championship, this outstanding A/2 design by Hans Hansen is capable of a genuine 4-1/2 to 5 minutes in still air, from a standard 328 ft towline. (A.2 towline length has been halved to 164 ft for '54 contest.) At the actual contest held at Bled in Yugoslavia, the model turned in three perfect six-minute flights (a 'max' was 5 minutes), while at the Danish Nationals earlier the same year, it also took first place with a three flight total of 14:36, in early morning air.
The design is the latest in a long series of something like 45 gliders by this leading Danish modeler. Differing from many of the fragile and 'tricky' models seen at the '53 Championship, Hansen's glider is a rugged, easy-to-fly design that is capable of good performance in both turbulent and calm conditions.
Like most A.2's from the Nordic group of countries, the original model was built mainly from spruce, which resulted in an all-up weight of 16 oz - 1-1/2 oz above the possible minimum. Hans Hansen has approved the use of balsa in the construction (with beefed up sizes) for this magazine plan in order to bring down the weight and still further improve the performance, as well as bring it into line with American building methods. However, if you wish to make an exact replica of the original, notes on the hardwood construction and a sketch showing material dimensions are given at the end of this article.
Construction is quite simple, but we suggest that you follow the correct building sequence for the shortest possible building time. Begin by cutting out all sheet parts from medium weight balsa, making 26 of each of the main (1) ribs and 24 of the 'A' half-ribs. Make modified main ribs for the center section and dihedral breaks (see plan). The fuselage keel, nose former, lower fin and dihedral braces are cut from ply. Choose good hard balsa (48 in lengths) for the spars and the fuselage crutch. The fuselage consists of a normal crutch, with formers and stringers added - the forward portion being sheeted..."
Update 05/08/2015: Have now resized this plan up slightly, to correct fullsize at 66.3in wingspan, thanks to JanOdeyn.
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