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Ascender - completed model photo

by Dave Hughes
from Radio Modeller
October 1970 
86in span
Tags: Glider R/C
all formers complete :)
got article :)

Submitted to Outerzone: 02/08/2017
Outerzone planID: oz9035 | Filesize: 668KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: Circlip, RFJ


About this Plan

Ascender - General purpose thermal soarer model.

Quote: "Interest in 'flat field' soaring certainly seems to be on the increase, judging by entries in this year's main events. And judging, too, by the number of enquiries coming in about Hi-start launching, kit models - and thermal soarer plans.
As we have only one of the latter in our range to date, I thought I would make a 100 per cent increase by adding my own model, which seems to be a reasonable sort of tow-line glider (albeit originally a 'bitsa') and while doing nothing outstanding has managed to put up a fairly respectable and consistent performance.
Ascender tows up very well on the line (so I'm told, by those who have done all the towing - I just stand still and steer it up!) and managed to place sixth in the 1970 South Midland Area Championships, out of 29 entries, with its first three flights...
The aerofoil section is Gottingen 532, which worked very satisfactorily on my first r/c glider. Silent Knight (1963), and the polyhedral also seemed a good idea. The huge rudder is (hadn't you guessed?) borrowed from the Soarcerer (oz8762) where it has amply proved my point about 1/3 fin and 2/3 rudder being the best proportion for use in all conditions, with proportional control..."

Ascender, Radio Modeller, October 1970.

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