Scimitar Free-Flight Glider
Scimitar is an elegant 687mm span free-flight model glider that evokes
the nostalgia of a pre radio-control age.
The plan fits neatly across two sheets of A4 paper and the airframe can
be built from a single sheet of balsa.
The model is straightforward to construct for anyone with a little aeromodelling
Just add a simple tow-hook for some relaxing tow-launched gliding.
The short video here is a demonstration of the launch technique used for checking Scimitar's trim and also shows the desired flight-path once correctly ballasted.
Choose a relatively calm day for the test flights. Hand launch the model directly into wind, slightly nose down from just above shoulder height
in a smooth flowing motion. The model's trimmed flying speed is relatively slow so don't throw it; a gentle push is all that is required.
Even a correctly trimmed aircraft will climb, stall and dive if the initial launch speed is too high. A little practise will soon give
the correct result and provide a true reflection of the model's state of trim.
Note: operating model aircraft can be hazardous if care is not taken.
While the Scimitar design has been subjected to a thorough Quality Assurance
procedure it must be stressed that the builder requires a certain level
of skill and knowledge to complete the project successfully. For any questions
relating to this model, please feel free to contact us. For questions
relating to model aircraft safety please contact your country's governing
In Great Britain, the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) is the body
delegated by the Royal Aero Club to be responsible for all aspects of
model flying. Membership of the BMFA brings many benefits, including access
to expert advice, a structured achievement scheme and 3rd party liability
insurance of up to £10 million. Visit www.bmfa.org for more information.
Scimitar plans and instructions.
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