May Morning - Practical beginner's glider model.
Quote: - "May Morning was designed to be built by members of the model aircraft club at Magdalen College School where I teach art. In fact, it is model No 3 in a series which progressively introduces the raw beginner to various modelling skills. (No. 1 is a rudimentary chuck glider with V-dihedral and flat sectioned wings; No, 2 features wing carving and polyhedral; No. 3 is this glider, and No. 4 is an all-sheet C/L trainer for DC Merlin or similar which can be made basically from one sheet of 1/8in balsa.)
Having taught many young potential aeromodellers in schools and youth clubs, I have come to some fairly definite conclusions about the 'ideal' beginners' model. When we are dealing with 12-year-olds working on their own, the model should be inexpensive and use the minimum number of parts. Why make the wing 40in. span, when if it were 36in. long just one lot of leading and trailing edges would have to be bought? It should be simple to build and yet not too quickly made, or the sense of achievement will be lacking and, most important, it should fly with the minimum of fussy adjustments. These requirements are not, I am afraid, fulfilled by many so-called beginners' kits which are on the market today, which are all too often outdated, over-complicated and weak. Have you ever seen a fumble-fisted junior struggling to cut the notches in the formers on a circular-fuselaged 'scale' job, or trying to get a gull-winged 'sailplane' to fly properly?
So, to overcome these deficiencies and provide juniors with something to get into the air with a reason-able chance of success, May Morning was conceived. Some half-dozen prototypes have been constructed, and all have flown straight-off-the-board with only the odd piece of tail packing being necessary for adjustment...."
May Morning, Aeromodeller, June 1975.
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