1/5 scale SZD 51 JUNIOR
SZD51 JUNIOR is currently flying on most of the glider fields in Poland as a club single sitter.Well ballanced and behaved with a
spacious and comfortable cockpit, the Junior builds a solid reputation in other countries as well as cross country
ship. Despite the closing of SZD facilities in 1999, Junior still has been manufactured. 255 gliders has been produced
and about 150 are flying in other countries (USA, CA, AU, NZ, and others)
1/5 scale SZD 30 PIRAT
SZD30 PIRAT was designed at the end of the 60's as a club racer and direct competition to Ka6. It quickly became one of the most
recognized first single in the world. SZD produced over 850 Pirats throughout the 70's and sold them to many countries world
wide. Pirats are still kept in service and favored by many pilots and are prized for their thermal and high speed ability.
Pirat in the air is unmistakeably recognized by his polihedral wing and large fuse area allowing to be
well visible in the sky. Additionally, a wide variety of paint schemes makes Pirat attractive modelling object.
Kit contains 9 pieces set of bulkheads and ribs. Those wooden
part are essential to support shell of the fuse and are nessesary minimum to make the fuse structurally sound.
Rudder and elavator cut outs give not only scale appearance
but also takes about 2.5 oz.(70g) out of the tail. Important is to seal open foam properly to get back torsional
rigidity of control surfaces. Pivot hinging is a must here too.
Super detailed tail of SZD 30 PIRAT in 1/5 scale build by Jan
Sikora from Krakow. Take a look at that skid. Looks like real. Huge rudder has a lot of authority and makes semi
scale PIRAT joy to fly.
1/5 scale PIRAT builds in about 3-3.5 kG (100 -120 oz). It mostly
depends how heavy the tail is. It puts wing loading in 14-18 oz/sqf. range making HQ2.5/12 feel here at home.
Generouse side surface of the fuse makes thermalling effortless. Penetration is exceptionally good due to unusual small
frontal area of the fish like fuselage and low wetted volume of fuse-wing transition.