HW-4 FLAMINGO (3.5M) – RC2215 – World Class Designer Chris Williams turns to a Brazilian sailplane dating from 1947. The HW-4 Flamingo was a one-off sailplane built in Brazil in 1947 and described in Martin Simons’ book ‘Sailplanes 1945-1965’ as ‘elegant’, having a relatively high aspect ratio wing, coupled with a classic gull break. Chris Williams has been campaigning a larger 1/3.5 scale version for some years now, but after the success of the 1/5th scale Petrel (full short kit also available from Sarik Hobbies RC2207), producing a smaller version of the Flamingo was a no-brainer.
Just like the Petrel the fuselage is relatively heavy, being plywood-clad, whilst the wings are super-light. It’s this combination that allows these models to fly in just about any condition, regardless of wind speed.
- Wingspan: 3500 mm (137.8″)
- Length: 1570 mm (62″)
- All up weight: 8 lbs (3.63 kg)
- Wing section: HQ3515-12
- Wing area: 8 sq. ft.
- Wing loading: 16 oz/sq. ft.
- Control deflections: Elevator: 25mm up, 15mm down
- Rudder: 40mm each way
- Ailerons: 20mm up, 20mm down
- C.A.R. 50%: adjust to suit
- Spoiler mix: Ailerons up 20mm with full spoiler
- For 5 function RC: Rudder, Elevator, Ailerons, Spoilers and Tow Release
Featured in RCM&E December 2019
Useful links –
HW-4 Flamingo (5 M) is also available, please CLICK HERE for the: Flamingo 5m (MW3463)
Slingsby Type 13 Petrel (3.4 M) is also available, please CLICK HERE for the: Petrel 3.4m (RC2207)
Slingsby Type 13 Petrel (4.3 M) is also available, please CLICK HERE for the: Petrel 4.3m (MW3820)
What’s in a Short Kit? – A short kit usually contains, where available, the plan, the laser/CNC cut wood pack, additional wood pack, canopy, cowl or any other available Glass Fibre or plastic moulded items.
What’s in a Laser or CNC Cut Wood Pack? – A CNC or laser cut wood pack contains most, if not all, of the intricately shaped parts shown on the plan, which would be difficult or time-consuming to cut out by hand. It does not contain any sheet or strip wood, which you will need to buy separately. Alternatively, you can purchase an Additional Wood Pack, if available. Our Laser or CNC Cut Wood Packs only contain balsa, ply and lite ply and do not include other materials that may be required to complete the model, such as hardwoods, metals and GRP sheets.