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Lil T - or Little T - Radio control soarer. Quote from article intro: - "Bob Hahn's Graceful West Coast Soarer, Lil'T. Once in a while an individual sees a model, be it a beautiful smooth-flying multi ship, a spectacular scale version of a real aircraft, or a sleek high performance glider and he wishes he had conceived the design. Such was the author's thoughts when he first witnessed flights of Boy Hahn's Li'l T (contracted from Little Tee). The Li'l T has consistently shown that it is one of the best slope soaring designs to fly at the California site of the 'Harbor Slope Soaring Society.' Six months after I had seen the first flights, I spoke to Bob Hahn about making this easily built design available to other slope soaring fans. Bob is an aerodynamicist working at Douglas Aircraft and at present is concerned with the design of the Global Transport C5-A recently proposed by President Johnson. With very little free time available, Bob took time to draw the plans, but declined to write the construction article. Then Ira Achey, a professional draftsman at Lear Siegler, Inc., of Anaheim (and a model builder) stepped in and volunteered to ink the plans. Ira saw the ease in building this design, offered and decided to build the Li'l T. It is his aircraft that appears in the construction photos, while the original ship was shot as the completed version. You could call this article a three man effort! With a sheet balsa box for the fuselage, an all sheet balsa stabilizer, and a flat bottom wing section, this design represents the ultimate in simplicity and ease of building."
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User commentsThere's a good long and very useful build thread by GeeW on the Lil T here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1392668
SteveWMD - 01/12/2012
I built one of these in 66 while on leave from the USAF. The wing was covered with silk and dope, while the rest was silkspan. Since it didn't have an engine, I painted it with spray can enamel. Maybe that's why it turned out a little heavy. Maybe a lot heavy. While the glide was good with a single channel receiver and Royal servo, I was unable to run fast enough to get any altitude on the tow. The solution, a 300 horsepower winch, a Pontiac convertible. My brother eased it into the air while I drove the car, hanging onto the tow reel with one hand. Once he let go, he was able to control it on the tow down the old airfield runway. I raced back to the launch point in time to get in a few button bushes before landing it in the grass. I considered it pretty much a failure because we were never able to use the Pontiac again and my Datsun just didn't work as well. It was probably better suited to its original purpose as a slope machine, no slopes in Alabama....
DougSmith - 23/03/2015
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