Orlik 3

This project started out as an Orlik 2 but was  changed from an Orlik 2 to an Orlik 3 when John realized that the Orlik 2 did not have a wheel so towing it off the ground could be a problem for low powered tugs. Luckily the only difference between the Orlik 2 and 3 is the fitting of a wheel so the model was modified during construction.

The model was finished in time to the 2008 summer and some very memorable flights were achieved including 2 thermal flights of over 2 hours each at the Interlaken aerotow meeting in Switzerland.

The construction of the model is closely following the full size and is skinned in 0.8mm ply using the same panel layout as the full size.

All the parts for this model were drawn by John in Autocad and cut out by Alan using the team’s CNC cutting machine. This was the first time the team has produced model parts this way but consider it is the way for the future.

The model originally flew on 35 mhz but has recently been converted to Futaba FAAST 2.4 ghz using an FX-40 transmitter and 6014 receivers.

Specification

Span  7.5m

Length 3.6m

Weight 29kg

 

 

 

 

Thats about as real as it gets

 

 

Darren Maple and John G seen with their Orlik 3’s both built from John’s plan that is  available as a free download from this site. Darren’s wing ribs etc were cut on the teams router. The only difference between the two is the methods of wing joining, John’s Orlik has an Aluminium I beam system where as Darren’s uses a carbon tube joiner .The flight performance of both gliders are identical. 

 

 

 

Free downloads Can be found here 

 

Orlik 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To go with the Tiger Moth John has built a ½ scale Orlik  3 glider.

This model has a 7.5m wingspan and weighs 29 kg.

The construction of the model closely following the

full size and is skinned in 0.8mm ply using the

same panel layout as the full size.

 

All the parts for this model were drawn by John in AutoCAD

and cut out by Alan using the teams new  

CNC cutting machine. This is the first time the team

have produced model parts this way but consider

it is the way for the future.

 

 

 

During its build

 

 

This aircraft Has now been completed and has completed many many hours of flying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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