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Hightailer. 100 inch wingspan RC soarer.
Quote: "A 727-like tail and a three piece wing add character to this wooden R/C soarer. Hightailer, by Howie Applegate.
Maybe you've always wanted to build a sailplane, or perhaps you're tired of the run of the mill kits. Then you have arrived. Hightailer is here! This ship may appear complicated to build, but it is quite straightforward. Probably this ship should not be a first airplane, but it certainly is not too challenging to the careful builder.
Hightailer may be somewhat unique by the fact that the wing is in three pieces; not the usual two, and that it is attached to the fuselage with rubber bands. This method of attachment gives you enough 'give' to handle the rough landings we all have.
Wing Construction. The wing is perhaps the most time-consuming part of the airplane, so let's start with it. There are 52 wing ribs to slice out, I usually do this while watching television; that way I don't have to pay too much attention watching or cutting. After the ribs are cut out, proceed to cutting the plywood cap ribs, dihedral braces, and spar boxes. If you are going to use either the 1/8 in aluminum or 3/16 thick plywood joiner, cut them out (carefully) at this time. After this mountain of parts has been fabricated, it is time for actual construction to start.
Begin by laying the wing plan on a flat board, large enough on which to build a center-section panel (I used a piece of 3/4 in plywood about 12 x 30 inches). Cover the plan with waxed paper or Saran Wrap and pin down the 3/16 x 3/8 in lower spar..."
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