Looking into it Stephen. Some threads are showing bigger pics.
Ok, have found a setting that had changed and has been resizing images when uploaded. Have changed that now so that it does not do that anymore. All images uploaded before I changed this setting will be smaller so if you want bigger images to display in the lightbox, you will have to delete the posted images and re-post
You need a breeze to hand launch even a small model, and there was no appreciable wind on the day. I have always tried to do this when I could: the heaviest model I have ever hand launched on the flat was my 3rd scale Habicht (32lbs)... I couldn't do that now!
This build has been a long time coming, having been on my “Must Build” list for at least a couple of decades. All the gliders that I build have significance to me in that I have either flown or lusted over the full size machine. In the case of the Pilatus B4 I can see from my old and rather tattered log book that I flew it a total of six times back in the late 1970s. My first three flights were winch launches and circuits just to prove to the CFI that I was not going to dent the clubs “Tin Can” as we called it. I then managed three further flights of 32 minutes, 1 hour 5 minutes and 2 hours 25 minutes over the next few months. My memory of the aeroplane was that it was a delight to fly but it rattled a bit.
It is quite a while since I last did a scratch build and on this one I have decided to go “old school”. I couldn’t find a suitable plan to 1:4 scale so I have drawn it myself with good old paper, pencil, scale and straight edge. I am using DevCad for the fuselage formers. I have even constructed the wheel retract unit. However this is not going to be a “Chris Williams” three week build as I have lots of other irons in the fire at the moment but I hope to have it complete sometime this year.