Aerosente Schweizer SGS 2-33a Sailplane
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.
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.
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.
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
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