fact, the 3's A Charm is an actual down-scale of the
original Tri-Glide concept. Originally designed
in the 1980's, the Tri-Glide used the foam Dart gliders
from Gullow's. When working out the kit version of that
design we were unable to locate these foam gliders and the
design was changed to incorporate balsa gliders that you would
build from patterns. Shortly before going into
production the original foam gliders were located and were
used with the kit.
But, those original kit plans
remained and when considering a micro version of the Tri-Glide
kit no foam gliders were known to exist for such a small
model. The solution was to micro size the plans for the
balsa gliders that we had already worked out!
So, there you have it.
Now you can fly the smallest gliders ever to exist in the
world of model rocketry! Not once, not twice, but
thrice! All in the same flight!
The higher weight of this
model, coupled with the extra drag from the gliders, means
that this model only goes about 75 feet up. This is good
as you want to be able to keep a good eye, or many of them, on
3's A Charm is an
exciting model for the micro enthusiast as well as a great
entry model for the rocketeer who has contemplated micro
rocketry but wanted more excitement. 3's A Charm
delivers in a BIG way!
Check out the short photo album
below of the proto type of this new kit. You can click
on the thumbnail image to see a full size image.
up of the glider. Three of these gliders are
assembled as a part of the kit. This glider is
only 2.5" long with a wing span of less than
1.9"! A dual hook arrangement helps keep
these gliders in place even in moderate winds.
up of the gliders attached to the mother ship.
Here you can clearly see the forward hook securing the
glider in place. There is a second hook near the
rear of the glider. The glider on the right of
the image has not been trimmed for flight. The
one on the left (orange wings) has a dot of clay at
the front to bring the CG up to the proper spot.
In the instructions you perform this weighting with a
drop of glue.
rear view of the proto shows the 3 gliders in place
and a clear view of the rear lug and hook setup to
secure all 3 gliders in place. In this figure
you can see the balsa fuzz on the unfinished gliders
on the right to give you a good idea of the small size
of these gliders!
Aim for the
ceiling, and try not to miss!TM