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Project by Steve posted 1279 days ago 4429 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

154” wing span OLY III sailplane. Wood working that flies. This project took me several months to build. She soars beautifully. Balsa, spruce and birch ply.





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HalDougherty

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#1 posted 1279 days ago

Beautiful, I built an Olympic II back in the 70’s. Mine had transparent yellow wings and tail so you could see the woodwork inside…

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Arbo

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#2 posted 1279 days ago

Nice. Great floater. Good to see other fliers are on here.

-- Paul, http://www.coriannslithos.com

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rance

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#3 posted 1278 days ago

Good to see more airplanes on here. Good job.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Broglea

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#4 posted 1278 days ago

Wonderful project. My boys would love something like this. I’m definitely putting this as a favorite. Where can I get plans for something like this?

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 1278 days ago

beautyfull build sailer :-)
I´m used to build planes before but they was all with engine
except for the few I repair for a freind
and using month on building theese planes is the normal
if you just simply enjoying the buildingprocess more than flying with them
I usuly build around 400-600 hours on a plane before finish
and they were not even copy´s of real mashines :-)
I know some people who just build fast as possible and can
throw them together in a copple of weeks , oh yah they fly beautyfull but look like crap

good luck with it hope you will fly it many hours before the first crash
Dennis

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Steve

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#6 posted 1278 days ago

The OLY III and others can be seen at skybench.com. My first love is flying R/C. I just thought I would include it in my projects as it’s a wood built model. I don’t use transparent on sailplanes as it’s too hard for me to see them once they get up over 1800’. As the eyes get older you have to do everything possible to keep them visable.

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BigTiny

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#7 posted 1278 days ago

Beautiful job, dude. I’m building an 8 foot span scale DeHaviland Turbo Beaver. 6 channel R/C.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Steve

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#8 posted 1278 days ago

Sweet. I fly power planes and heli’s as well. I have a 33% Slick with a DLE 55CC in the nose that’s just nothing but adrenaline pumping fun.

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jockmike2

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#9 posted 1278 days ago

VERY COOL STEVE, WHAT A SPORT, I USED TO GO A FEW MILES TO A LITTLE AIRPORT NEAR HERE JUST TO WATCH A BUNCH OF PEOPLE FLY THESE THINGS, BEAUTIFUL, AND FUN TO WATCH.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Schwieb

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#10 posted 1277 days ago

Oh Man, You have just taken me back about 35 years, I built a balsa and fabric plane at the base hobby shop when I was in the Air Force at Wichita Falls, Tx. It got demolished during one of the several moves in my life. I have plans for a Wright Bros plane that I have wanted to do for years. I’m inspired. Thanks for posting

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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jewers

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#11 posted 1097 days ago

Hello Steve,

Very nice job on your Oly. I assume this was a Skybench kit stretched a bit…Or did you scratch build? I have a scratch buid own designs underway now (actually two identical ships). It will be named Lignin 100. Foam cores sheeted with balsa and a glassed over birch ply/balsa fuselage.

Scott
NC/VA

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Steve

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#12 posted 1097 days ago

Thank you. Yes, it was a Skybench kit. I love Ray’s kits. I stretched it a bit as I can never stand to do things without changing them a bit. I’m getting ready to start a Merlyn soon. 2100 sq in of wing. There’s more about it over on r/c groups web site if you want to check it out. My name on there is Steve Boone.

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Bill J. Griffin

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#13 posted 1052 days ago

Very cool, nice glider. I’m a big fan of r/cs too.
The jets are awesome, ever seen them?

-- Shop's too small :( ... hey the decks pretty big :)!!!

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Steve

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#14 posted 1052 days ago

Thanks. I’ve seen the jets but they’re too much of a pain for my liking.

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