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Olympia 2b 1/3 scale**

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Peter Balcombe
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With the model now ready for the paint shop, the overall weight (less paint, pilot, batteries & Rx) is 10.3Kg.
A quick final assembly indicates that 0.9Kg of lead placed at the instrument panel location is enough to get the balance near the position identified on Jilles’ 3-view pdf drawing.
Thus the amount of lead secreted into the nose cone was probably about right as the pilot figure & dual battery arrangement should be pretty close.
At <12Kg it should be a floater :)

Hopefully we will see post paint shop & flight pics in due course.
Peter
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Max Wright
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Looking forward to the maiden, Peter. 8-)

Will there be a video?

Cheers
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Peter Balcombe
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Hi Max,
Don’t know about video etc as the model is not mine.
However, I hope to see something in due course as it should be a stunner when finished in its blue ETPS livery.
This is my 1/4 scale version from the Charlesworth plan.
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Very nice. 8-)
Max
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And mine from the same plan.

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They are lovely.

The story of those aircraft will make interesting reading.
Max
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Max Wright wrote: 24 Sep 2021, 23:48 They are lovely.

The story of those aircraft will make interesting reading.
Here is a little history on BGA1125 (VV401) I have Vince doing some searching for info on VV400 that Peter modelled.
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Peter Balcombe
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VV400 started life at the Empire Test Pilot School in 1947 (as a Type 1) and was EoN/0/27. Originally registered as BGA558.
She was completely restored in the 2010’s by then owner Alan Pettit & had to be pretty much completely stripped down owing to much glue failure. Converted to a Type 2 (fixed wheel).
Was then based at Rivar Hill, registered as BGA1698.
Sold on a few years ago to a new owner.
Now based at Aston Down & flown regularly.

VV401 was EoN/0/029, registered as BGA559 as a Type 1 Olympia.
Written off at Farnborough 23 March 1952.
Rebuilt after many years, apparently using donor parts from several other gliders according to Alan Pettit.

Peter
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Link to video of first flight of VV400 after 20 years on 29th June 2013, following major rebuild/restoration.
https://youtu.be/1Gmso7BAi2U
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