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Albatross. Free fight glider, 6 ft span. Note this is not a full size plan, the original drawing composed sections at several different scales. Have scaled this drawing up so the rib sections (fig.9) are full size.
Quote: "Aircraft. November 1, 1933. How to build the Albatross Sail Plane.
THE ALBATROSS sail plane was built over a year ago and is still' taking an active part in the MACV weekend flying meetings. This model holds the pre-sent Victorian duration record for gliders of 6 min and unofficial record of 19 min out of sight.
Its large wing span and light loading enable it to take advantage of the slightest up current, while its stability and slow speed have doubtless accounted for its long life.
Fig. 1 shows a general plan of the model. We will start with the construction of the fuselage, a side elevation of which is shown in Fig. 6 and detail construction in Fig. 5.
The first step is to make a jig in which to build up the two sides of the fuselage. Mark out a full-size drawing of the fuse-lage side on a flat board showing the posi-tion of each cross strut. Next tack 1/4 x 1/4 strips of wood round the edge of the drawing, then proceed to constructing one side of the fuselage. Four lengths of 3/16 x 3/16 balsa are required for the longerons. Place two of these in the jig and hold them apart hard up against the jig strips by means of balsa wedges.
As will be seen from Fig. 5, the top and bottom longerons meet at the nose. The top longeron is in two pieces, one running from the nose to No. 14 vertical strut, and the second from No. 14 strut to the tail block..."
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