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Aerosente Schweizer SGS 2-33a Sailplane

U.S. Air Force Academy Schweizer SGS 2-33s Glider - Airplanes and Rockets
Here is the Schweizer SGS 2-33a Sailplane Flight - Erection - Maintenance Manual
Back in the 1990s, I had the pleasure of living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a few miles from the U.S. Air Force Academy. On clear days (as were most), I could look northwest and and see bright yellow Schweizer SGS 2-33a gliders soaring high above the Rocky Mountain Front Range. The aircraft were being flown by AFA cadets who were participating in the pilot training program. The video below is a brief accounting of the program.

I have on order from Aerosente a 1:8 scale radio control model of the Schweizer SGS 2-33a. It will be finished to look like the full-size aircraft on display in the USAF Academy's Visitor's Center. The building and flying process will be documented on this page. Stay tuned...

OK, the [short] kit arrived today, and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the workmanship. The two plans sheets look very well done, and the laser cutting of the parts is excellent. I have not tried to fit anything together yet, so I cannot vouch for the accuracy. Time will tell.

Aerosente Schweizer SGS 2-33s Sailplane Short Kit Parts - Airplanes and RocketsAerosente Schweizer SGS 2-33s Sailplane Fuselage Plans - Airplanes and RocketsTo the left is a photo of all the parts that came in my kit. I counted nearly 80 laser-cut plywood parts (fuselage formers & doublers, dive brakes, wing root ribs stiffeners, etc.). Three laser-cut 1/16" balsa sheets provided ribs, sheer webbing, while a single 1/8" sheet contained tail component parts. Metal rods and tubing for wing joiners, nylon hinges, wheel collars, the main landing gear wheel and the two small wingtip wheels, and even Golden-Rod pushrod sets were included. A nicely done molded canopy topped off the deal.

Aerosente Schweizer SGS 2-33s Sailplane Wing Plans - Airplanes and RocketsSince this is a short kit, which usually means you only get the components that you cannot easily obtain elsewhere, the inclusion of a few goodies was a nice bonus.

It will be a couple week before I get started on the building process, but I will keep this page updated with photos as I progress. There were no instructions included, so I will also try to post some useful notes along the way. If you have one of these kits and care to contribute your experiences, I will be glad to post them.

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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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