Mads Dream (oz3199)
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Mad's Dream. 63in span A2 Glider. From Model Aircraft, April 1959.
Quote: "An A/2 designed specifically for British Weather. Mad's Dream, by B Dowling.
In 1956 the need was felt for an A/2 designed for use in typical English competition weather, which usually means windy conditions. With this in mind Mad's Dream Mark 1 was built early in 1956, and since then two further versions have been built and all have shown the same quick stall recovery and tight glide circle.
The main reason behind the adoption of this design was that the short nose and forward CG position would give quick recovery from a stalled launch, whilst still having plenty of forward side area in the fuselage to give a straight tow, The whole model was kept as simple as possible, thus allowing field repairs and reproduction to be made easy. The low aspect wings, although light in weight, can stand the strain of towing in high winds, and fairly generous dihedral was employed, allowing a tight glide circle to be used. These then are the reasons behind this design and all the models built to date have been able to average 2:05 to 2:10 off the standard 164 ft line.
Fuselage. Trace out the sides onto good quality in. sheet and cut out, keeping to the inside lines - a splice is necessary at the rear because of the length. Sand the sides well, and then cut holes for the wing and tail retaining dowels. Formers F4 and F8 can now be set into place and allowed plenty of time in which to dry. When dry pull in the nose and rear fuselage and add all the remaining formers; note that the weight box is reinforced inside the 1/8 in sheet.
Cut the fins from 1/8 in sheet, sand to section and then fix into the fuselage - after adding the linen hinges. Bend the towhook from 16 SWG wire and the pivot arm from 20 SWG. Bind the towhook to the obechi block and then mount into the fuselage. Install the auto rudder pivot arm together with its connecting internal nylon line..."
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