Swinger (oz8396)


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Swinger - Radio control sailplane model.

Quote: "Full house control from just two servos. That's what this experimental sailplane has to offer. Considered an aileron trainer, this standard class ship can get up and run with the big boys

Swinger is an experimental 100in thermal ship that uses the proven wingeron control system. Basically, this provides lateral control of the sailplane by twisting the entire wing instead of moving just a part of it, the aileron.

While this will never replace conventional aileron control, it does have the advantage of simplicity to recommend it. Each wing panel can be built as a single unit; there is no aileron gap to worry about, no extra servos to buy, no complicated linkages to install and no expensive extension wiring for wing mounted servos. In fact, Swinger goes one better and gives the modeler full house control on just two servos - truly the poor man's multi.

So, for those of you who have always wanted to try precision flying but were afraid to build an aileron ship, read on. Swinger may be just for you!

Construction. Start with the fuselage: it's thc most difficult part, and even it is easy!

(1) Cut two fuselage sides from Sig 1/8 lite ply and contact cement 1/16 ply doublers inside between formers F1 and F2.
(2) Drill and slot the fuselage sides for the wing rod tube, wingeron bellcranks, wing drive pins, and wing retaining hooks.
(3) Cut the 1/4 in triangular balsa longerons to length and glue to the inside of each fuselage panel as shown on the plan, sawing the kerfs into the forward bottom strips so that they follow the curve of the fuselage..."

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