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  1. ElEsido

    Solitaire

    Hi all I am a glider pilot in Europe and am currently working on the modification of a 1971 "Elfe" glider. My mind roams around the next project and I think that a Solitaire would fit the bill. I have read all the flight reports available online and I am aware of the Solitaire's modest thermalling performance (with the canard stalling before the main wing generates CLmax), but I still think that it would be a fun and rewarding bird to build and fly. And it's "a Rutan" and probably as rare as the Defiant (or even more so). I've got the plans from the TERF CD, but I don't have any templates. Does anybody have a set that he/she would either scan (we can talk about the costs) or pass on to me? I know that the Solitaire was sold as a kit, but there is at least one example that was built from plans by two Danish gentlemen, see Canard Pusher 50, page 7: "Ole and Kjeld wanted a total building experience so they started from scratch with a lofting drawing of the fuselage translated into a plug, then molds, and finally a fuselage. They made spar molds and spars. Their work is outstanding." So it can be done. There are two videos of this bird on youtube, here and here. Best ElEsido

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