Winter Herald - Rubber Coupe d'Hiver competition model.
Quote: "When I returned to aeromodelling after a break of twenty years, I sought a simple introduction to free-flight rubber competition, and the Coupe d'Hiver class seemed to fit the bill. An APS Garter Knight was the first of many 'coupes' and some success with this model inspired further endeavours. Model flyers always dream of the ideal model, and this eventually means designing one's own - and mine was drawn after the 1972 Coupe d'Hiver competition in France. It had to be simple to build and fly without gadgets (I'm a very tense flyer and nearly always forget some essential move, like not lighting the D/T, etc). I wanted a model that I could trim and fly quite alone (living, as I do, in the 'wilds of Somerset'), thus the prop. hold and rear winding arrangement, and I wanted a model that would break right down into its component parts, and pack, with a reserve model plus the winding gear, motors and all the other 'bits and bobs' that the competition flyer needs, into a box 24 x 12 x 9in. Yes! It all goes in!
This, of course, meant two-piece wings and fuselage which result in added weight. The model was built to the 100-gramme rule, but can with care in wood selection be built down to 80 grammes..."
Winter Herald, Aeromodeller, October 1975.
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