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Arcturus. A-1 Nordic glider model. Wingspan 50in, area 227 sq in.
Quote: "This A-1 Towline Glider was designed primarily with the junior modeler in mind. Many of the younger modelers in our group have considerable difficulty when attempting to build large A-2 gliders; and also shied away from the high powered FAI and large FF models for the same reason. We brought up the possibility of an A-1 design at one of our get-togethers to stimulate some more interest and also to act as a stepping stone to complicated models. Our idea met with great enthusiasm, so we went to work. The model is fairly simple in construction and with a little help from dad or an older modeler even the youngsters can give it a try. It is not overly sensitive, will trim out to a good flight pattern in three or four test flights, and will reward its builder with many graceful, safe flights. There are no hairy, hot engines to handle; but don't forget to light that D/T fuse, you can loose 'em just as easy that way. Don't underestimate this model because of its simplicity, it has done well at meets this past season and has brought home plenty of hardware for junior, senior and open con-testants. Most of the models we have constructed were made of SIG Contest balsa. Learn to choose your wood carefully for lightness and strength..."
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Update 28/09/2017: added article, thanks to RFJ.
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