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Post  wingchicken Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:14 pm

Im interested in getting some vintage balsa gliders. I wonder how well they fly compared to the new ones today.
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Post  wingchicken Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:26 pm

Vintage balsa gliders 5e7a0110 I stumbled upon 4 aj 74 fighters 44$. Worth the price?
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Post  Oldenginerod Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:42 am

Hey Wingchicken, welcome back. It's a while since we heard from you. Let us know how you went getting your Cox engine mounted and going.

The Jim Walker gliders will probably fly pretty good. At $11 a piece I guess that's not bad value, but the balsa will be pretty old and maybe very brittle. I don't know what the price of a modern equivalent would be, if available.
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Post  Oldenginerod Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:51 am

You might consider something like this.  May not be quite as pretty, but I'm sure just as functional.  This one's here in Australia, but you'll certainly find the same where you are.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Guillows-Jetfire-Balsa-Glider-30/173915803637?hash=item287e308ff5:g:UtkAAOSw9v9fDTFO
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Post  sosam117 Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:32 am

I'm with oldenginerod on this.
Those old planes (for $44.00) are nice to collect -- for old memories.
The balsawood being old as well will be dried out and very brittle.

If you want a plane similar like that, you can get it at a better price from Guillow's and other inexpensive planes as well.
Here is Guillow's web page:
https://www.guillow.com/

hand launch glider:
https://www.guillow.com/eaglebalsaglider.aspx

catapult glider:
https://www.guillow.com/catapultglider.aspx

wind up plane:
https://www.guillow.com/skystreaktwinpack.aspx

If you don't want to purchase a plane there, try your local hobby shop by you:

Hobbytown Fresno
102 East Barstow
Fresno, California 93710
Phone: 559-435-3342
Fax: 559-435-3343


As for me, I have seen them at my local Ace Hardware store at the cash register when I go to pay for my nuts and bolts.
Yes, I have purchased the hand launch, catapult and wind-up planes too!
And, they do fly well. (cheap fun in the back yard)

So, take a pass on the "old" hand launch gliders (for $44.00) unless you want to store them on the shelf, just like the seller did for years?

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Post  getback Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:41 am

The old ones flew great , i had a lot of fun with them and you learn to set the flaps and rudder to do stunts .. they have some at Hobby Lobby if you can get there . https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Hobbies-Collecting/Gliders-Planes/c/9-183-1398
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Post  wingchicken Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:51 am

I bought them anyways. Im preserving 3 and test flying one. Im all for taking the risks.
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Post  wingchicken Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:52 am

Also i do have two jetfires (newer gliders) but i wanted vintage gliders
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Post  wingchicken Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:53 am

And also btw hobbytown has closed permanently. So yeah.
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Post  sosam117 Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:08 pm

@wingchicken wrote:And also btw hobbytown has closed permanently. So yeah.

Sorry,
That was the info I got from Guillow's web page
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Post  wingchicken Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:47 pm

not your fault at all.
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Post  getback Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:18 am

vintage ! Got ya , Good deal on the purchase , keep us informed wingchicken Airplane
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Post  wingchicken Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:50 am

It’s coming today.
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Post  wingchicken Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:42 pm

i still cant get engine mounted on heli
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Post  Oldenginerod Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:26 am

@wingchicken wrote:i still cant get engine mounted on heli
Maybe take some pictures. I'm sure someone will be able to help.
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Post  wingchicken Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:16 pm

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