Duo-Flex (oz8065)

 

Duo-Flex (oz8065) by Harley Michaelis 1969 - plan thumbnail

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Duo-Flex. Radio control sailplane model.

Quote: "Both a superb slope and thermal soaring machine, the Duoflex was designed without resort to limiting compromises. Fully aerobatic, this glider features interchangeable wingtips and optional power pod.

The Duo-Flex is a graceful and efficient soaring machine, functionally designed sturdily built. Without resort to limiting compromises, it is both a superb slope and thermal soarer. It utilizes interchangeable wingtips secured by a foolproof plug-in system. At once, you have a 99 in wing for thermals, or sloping in winds from 12 to 25 knots. Or, with the short tips, you have a 79 in wing for greater speed and penetration.

Separate hatches, one for the purist and one for powered flight, add further versatility for variable weather conditions and mode of flying. Small car? Worry not. The main wing section fits into a VW Bug!

While the ship will handle satisfactorily on rudder-only when properly trimmed out, its full potential is best realized with true proportional control of rudder and elevator. It then becomes quite acrobatic and will loop with power, deadstick and on the slope. It will turn tightly, in spite of a seemingly small rudder. On the slope you have a free ride until the lift is gone or your batteries are tired. With a hot .09 you are quickly in thermal country and the Duo-Flex can be kept in an optimum turn by transmitter trim alone, permitting relaxed, sus-tained flight until it is time to come home.

With a slow sink rate and high glide ratio, landing approaches are long and fiat. A little up just before touchdown and it will flare for long distances and grease in, light as a feather.

For you more experienced soarers, try a Duo-Flex for a new taste! You other guys, who don't even know what we mean, start soaring, for a new world of R/C pleasure!


Construction. Use Tite-Bond glue except where epoxy is specified. Select your balsa with care. The wing must be built last. Form the two wing saddle blocks from hardwood, such as birch or maple. The rear block is narrower since it will be planked over. Cut the slots for formers 'L and T in the blocks on a table saw and bevel on a joiner or work down with a wood rasp. File a groove For the rubber bands in the contoured outside edges, about 1/4 in deep.

The beveled ends of the wing center section are also grooved and the wing is neatly secured by just 3 or 4 rubber bands (red rubber newsboy bands are ideal) tightly doubled over the beveled ex-tensions of the wing..."

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