Egret (oz8319)


Egret (oz8319) by Dick Twomey 2004 - plan thumbnail

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Egret (DT 114). Towline glider model.

Quote: "A simple SAM 1066 Vintage canard glider from 1949. Span 40-1/2in. Weight 7-1/2oz. Airfoil 'Clark Z'. Construction all balsa except for spruce fuselage spine and some ribs and flying surface platforms, which are of 1mm ply."

Scan from DBHL, cleanup by theshadow.

ref DBHL-5100.

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Update 23/02/2020: Added article, thanks to RFJ.

Quote: "Last year, on 17 December to be precise, the aviation world celebrated the first centenary of controlled, powered, manned flight - and the Wright Brothers, at Kittihawk, did it with a canard!

Appropriately, therefore, we present 'Egret', a canard glider first flown in 1949, and recently finding a new life in the 21st century, thanks to the SAM vintage model contest programme. In fact, this glider won the SAM 1066 Vintage Unorthodox Glider Competition in 2003.

Construction Notes: Dick Twomey says it's so simple that build notes aren't necessary, but still...

The fuselage is a length of hard 3/8 balsa strengthened by 3/8 x 1/8 spruce, with a forward keel added from 3/8 balsa sheet. To this keel fit your choice of controls to operate a tip-up (leading edge) foreplane dethermaliser. Dick installed a KSB six miute timer on the port side, upside down, running the D/T line in a narrow plastic tube through the nose to lie over the foreplane leading edge. The KSB on-off switch is connected to the line release via a pivot - this time on the starboard side - so as not to have too much clutter on the port.

You can fit all this another way if you like, but something has to be 'back-to-front' on a Canard! The release itself is the drop-out type much favoured for lightweight gliders. The top fin and underfin are both cemented to the fuselage, allowing the wings to plug in on either side.

The wings and foreplanes each use a flat bottomed aerofoil and construction is very simple. Note that both have flat main sections with dihedral only at the tips. As the foreplane, by definition, bears the brunt of arrivals, it should be built strongly, hence the use of full sheeting underneath.

Covering: Dick used 0.25 mil clear Mylar on the foreplane, 0.5 mil on the wings, then both covered with lightweight tissue, doped/thinned 50/50.

Flight Set-up: This is the most interesting aspect of flying a canard, requiring the optimum setting of incidence, and of the centre of gravity and towhook positions. The CG should be as on the plan and never behind this point. If the CG turns out to be slightly ahead of the point marked, keep the towhook position the same relative to the CG, by moving it forward, preserving the 3 cm dimension, and add as necessary, a touch of extra positive incidence to the 3-1/2° planned for the foreplane. This set-up is recommended to achieve/maintain a slightly undulating glide so that there is no risk in flight of losing the required lift from the foreplane.

With the correct set-up, towing should be good. Once up there, Egret is a floater, presenting a slim profile to your binoculars, so make sure you colour it for visibility!"

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Egret (oz8319) by Dick Twomey 2004 - model pic

  • (oz8319)
    by Dick Twomey
    from Model Flyer
    June 2004 
    41in span
    Glider F/F
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 27/12/2016
    Filesize: 145KB
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    Credit*: DBHL, theshadow
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User comments

Good afternoon Steve and Mary, I hope all is well, and you two are staying fit. I just finished testing a Twomey Egret at 200% scale for RC. It is a very different model in the air. I have included some photos [pics 004-007]. If you are interested I can supply a supplement for those interested in building an RC version. Also see in flight video online at
Larry Jolly - 28/01/2021
Hi Steve; I’ve designed an Egret canard for electric [pics 008, 009]. Rear wing is 72” and Canard wing is 36”. Weight is 48 oz ready to fly. Maiden flight will be Around May 8th.
Bob K - 01/05/2022
Egret built by Bob Kibbey [pics 010, 011] with electric motor in front, the battery (not shown) is located pretty much on the center of gravity...
Bob K - 03/05/2022
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