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Scratch built Slingsby King Kite 1/4**

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Re: Scratch built Slingsby King Kite 1/4**

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I have acquired a few more King Kite photos from the 1937 Rhön Contest which may interest you
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....and some more.
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Rhön 1937 - Page 38 #4430.jpg
Rhön 1937 - Page 38 #4435.jpg
Rhön 1937 - Page 38 #4438.jpg
Rhön 1937 - Page 38 #4439.jpg
Rhön 1937 - Page 39 #4437.jpg
Rhön 1937 - Page 41 #4506.jpg
Rhön 1937 - Page 42 #4505.jpg
Rhön 1937 - Page 43 #4638.jpg
Rhön 1937 - Page 43 #4639.jpg
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Re: Scratch built Slingsby King Kite 1/4**

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Thanks very much for these nice pictures, they are very useful.
I think its very rewarding to make history a bit alive again. and I think this was a very special glider!

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Re: Scratch built Slingsby King Kite 1/4**

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After some searching and help from this forum to find out the text, Adri was able to cut the lettering and I put it on quickly. The model was now practically finished, some interior details missing.
Then suddenly there was the opportunity for the first flight, the weather forecast was good, Rob could tow, Adri came along for some coaching and Raymond liked do the photo and film work. On the field there was quite some wind, it was chilly and the sun unfortunately didn't break through completely.
Ready
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pilot also ready ,
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Rob's Ecoboomster had no trouble with the King Kite
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I had to trim the aileron quite a bit, so the first tow was not perfect. It was almost against the sun

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After uncoupling and elevator trimming there was the moment of truth, fortunately it flew really well, responsive, stayed well at altitude, a pleasure to fly.

Of course there were no thermals, but I think it will be perform fine in them.

(Because it is so flat here in the Netherlands, we cannot fly on the slope. With scale planes on the slope there is usually enough lift, but we don't have that here and unfortunately not many thermals either, we fly a few kilometres from the sea. That's why it's very nice that it doesn’t sink fast)
The real King Kite had a pretty modern profile, hence the HQ 2.5 of this model is not very noticeable.
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After a few minutes we had to land
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with flaps and ailerons slightly up (the real one didn't have that)
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I was very happy (to see on the video), that it flew well. Apart from the technique, I find the aerodynamics hard to predict, that's why.
The link to Raymonds video;
Apart from a few small details he is ready, I would like to thank everyone and MBF. Retroplane, SSUK for all the help, especially Adri for the CNC work and the lettering, Rob for the towing and Raymond for the photos and videos.

Vincent
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Re: Scratch built Slingsby King Kite 1/4**

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Hi Vincent

Congratulations on your maiden King Kite flight. The surface finish of the King Kite looks very authentic; well done!

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Excellent job, Vincent, nicely done...
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Re: Scratch built Slingsby King Kite 1/4**

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Well done Vincent. Looks very good both on the ground and in the air. So, What is your next project?
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Re: Scratch built Slingsby King Kite 1/4**

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Thanks a lot for your nice comments!
I am very glad that it is also performing nice (that shows in the video :D )

Well Cliff, next project, that looks like a job!
First I am going to build a new tow plane, the kit is already on my attic. Its the Eco boomster S. and I keep you informed whats coming after that...

Vincent
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