Snipe (oz8070)


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About this Plan

Snipe. Radio control slope soarer model.

Quote: "The Snipe is a simple, quick and easy glider to build. It is the direct result of a conversation between two glider nuts who thought it was time for a glider that could be bought, built and flown in less than a week.

It was decided that this glider should be capable of flying the big gear as well as some of the smallest - it can and has been flown using my Bonnet 8 channel receiver - and two big servos at an all-up weight of 2-1/2 pounds. The glider has also been flown with my wife's Kraft reed set at a weight of 2-1/4 pounds. The Snipe also has flown using my Mustang 200 galloping ghost gear with two Bellamatic servos at a flying weight of 2 pounds.

Since it is of relatively light construction it is not indestructible - in fact, there are only five pieces of hard wood in the entire kit, four spars and a dihedral brace.

The first test ship weighed 18 ounces with four coats of clear dope and covered with silk span. I then placed the big gear in and the Snipe weighed a shade under 2-1/2 pounds and flew with no trouble at all. This was a calm day with little wind and no thermals and the plane did not gain too much altitude under these conditions.

The next flight was on a moderately windy day with heavy gusts and the Snipe was off and running! It looped with ease and flew inverted for a while, but this is not why it was designed. The Snipe is primarily a beginners R/C glider.

The construction has been kept as simple as possible. The instructions are laid out for a step-by-step guide to help the beginner build his first R/C glider. The fuselage can be built in about 1-1/2 hours, and set aside to dry while you build the wing..."

Snipe, RCM, February 1968.

Update 05/06/2017: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to Circlip, RFJ.

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User comments

I had one that I mounted an OS .10 in the nose. Could fly it around pasture grasses with the prop clipping taller grass and below knee high. It would loop with a height of about 15 feet from grass level. Even flew it at night around a light pole in a college parking lot as it was not very fast.
Bob - 02/10/2020
Good Morning Mary and Steve, I have included some shots of my Snipe [main pic, 005-007] which was one of the first plans I downloaded from your site. The Snipe was the Glider I trained with at the Back Bay slope site in 1968. The pictures that follow are not of the original. The Snipe was one of many of this type Glider intended for training. If someone is thinking of building a Retro Glider the Snipe would be a good choice. However I would advise the following improvements: 1.) Narrow the fuselage, with modern equipment it is way to wide. 2.) Do not Sweep the Rudder Trailing Edge as shown on the plan. Make it full width from top to bottom. 3.) Add additional dihedral to the wing. I would suggest 2” additional each side.
Larry Jolly - 18/04/2022
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