Wanderer 72 (oz4100)
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Wanderer 72. Radio control soarer. For 2 channel RC. Wing area 553 sqin, Weight with radio 25oz.
Quote: "Hi, Steve. Please find attached the plan for the Wanderer sailplane. This is the original, 72in version designed by Mark Smith and kitted by Marks' Models in the mid-1970s. No rib templates shown for the tapered portion of the wings, but any capable scratch builder will figure things out. Back in 'the day' one could get into R/C soaring for less than $100, with a Wanderer kit and a cheap two-channel radio. Very easy to build and repair, the Wanderer probably got more people into soaring back then than any other design."
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Update 22/08/2018: Added PDFvector plan tracing and dxf CAD file, thanks to AlanSinclair.
Quote: "Hello, Sorry it took longer than expected to get the Wanderer 72 plans straighten out ... I rearranged the plans a bit and added a fin and rudder mod that I did on my Wanderer. Have a great day. Alan"
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Update 16/10/2018: Replaced dxf CAD file with a revised version (filename ending in v2), this is purged of all links to external files, thanks to AlanSinclair.
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Wing rib templates file, thanks to EricM.
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User commentsWhen I was in my teens in the mid/late '70s, Wanderers were everywhere and our local hobby shop couldn't keep them on the shelf. They seem to fly well even when poorly constructed.
Moeregaard - 08/03/2013
There is a post on RCGroups by tinkrerpilot with some useful drawings of the (76in?) Wanderer wing ribs here - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11802480&postcount=18 but they will need scaling up.
SteveWMD - 08/07/2013
Steve, Here is a link to the construction manual for the Wanderer. It includes layout of all of the wing ribs as as all of the parts. They do need to be scaled to the correct size. http://manuals.hobbico.com/dyf/dyfa3901-wanderer-manual.pdf This looks like a good model to add e-power by replacing the cos .049 shown on the plans.
Keith - 24/02/2014
Hi, Steve. Here’s a photo of a friend’s Wanderer taken in 1977, from the hill where we spent our teenage years [see more pics 003]. Our neighborhood in southern California had not yet been fully developed, and every day after school you could find a bunch us up there flying Wanderers, Windwards and other designs from that era. We also installed a Cox Tee Dee .051 with a 3/4-oz. fuel tank on my brother’s Wanderer, and that took it almost out of sight. I’d recommend this airplane as a first scratch build, and it’s still a great trainer. Just pick good wood for the wing spars.
Moeregaard - 08/12/2014
I first learned to fly at the Bean Field, then at Bluff Cove, one of the best spots in So Cal. My friend had a Wanderer and I had an Astro Flight Malibu. I rebuilt that plane several times. I wish I had a plan for the Malibu nowadays.
Chris - 09/12/2014
Supplement to plan #4100: Version you have online looks like original M.M. The later is by Dynaflite. The attachment is for the ribs. The original die crushed ribs are poorly sized for assembly. The airfoil used on the Wander does not seem to conform to any particular standard like Clark "Y". looks as though they were drawn with a French curve and voile' there you have an airfoil. (See attached file: Wanderer_72_templates.pdf)
EricM - 30/03/2015
Getting back into the hobby and this plane is still the easy fling, sturdy platform I remember [see more pics 004, 005].
EricM - 08/07/2015
Added nice picture of completed model, thanks to Alf Britchford [more pics 006].
Mary - 27/05/2017
Hey Steve, Just a note to let you know that the DFX file will not open with Turbo Cad 15. Thank You for all you have done for the model airplane community, it is truly a gift to all of us.
JoeHayes - 30/09/2018
The CAD format files are really outside my expertise. I have to say I tried a few years back to use a couple of (older and cheaper) versions of Turbocad as a viewer, and frankly I struggled to open some files that came along. At the moment I open and view CAD files using the free version of Draftsight from Dassault (my version shows as '2018 x64 SP0'), works OK for me. Beyond that, I can't really speak on this topic. But maybe you could try open this file in Draftsight then export from there to a different format?
SteveWMD - 30/09/2018
Please let me know what compatible AutoCAD DXF format Turbo CAD 15 uses and I'll see what I can do. The current file is AutoCAD 2010.
AlanSinclair - 30/09/2018
Many thank to Alan for revised version of the CAD file, also to Miguel for feedback on this.
SteveWMD - 16/10/2018
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