Sierra

Sierra is a conventional foam core balsa sheet design with a high degree of pre-fabrication. Its fuselage is made from pre-painted, molded, composite materials. The fuselage features removable nose cone for rapid access to radio and provides extra protection for delicate electronics. The wing is a 3-segment wing design for ease of transportation. This beautiful ship is claimed to be an F3F or F3B sailplane although its speed task is rather disappointedly slow. The flying weight is very light for a sailplane of 2.5m in size that makes it well suitable for thermal soaring. The cost is very attractive too and is certainly a good-value-for-money collection.
Wing Span: 2.5m
Airfoil: RG15 modified
Manufacturer: Arthobby

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It is a conventional foam core balsa sheet design

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It is described as F3F capable but definitely it is slower than other top racing machines

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A gentle headwind landing - the handling is good

Sierra hovering under strong wind (2438919 bytes)
Sierra hovering under strong wind

Soaring peacefully along the slope rdge in Grass Island (4074723 bytes)
Soaring peacefully along the slope ridge in Grass Island

Close flypass with butterfly deployed (532667 bytes)
Close flypass with butterfly deployed