Snipe from Vladimirs Model

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The original Snipe, created by Joe Wurts in 2013, has been the world’s best discus launch glider since public release, winning more top level F3K competitions than any other model. This unique glider has the advantage in all phases of flight: very easy and high launch, quick climb rate in thermals, extremely low sink rate in dead air, as well as  an excellent glide ratio, even at higher speeds, giving good penetration when returning upwind.

The new Snipe SN with a 20mm shorter nose was made as an experiment for F3K World Championship 2015. Team New Zealand,  F3K World Champion 2015 Alex Hewson and some other top pilots used this modification during Championship to great effect.

 The Short Nose has these benefits:

  • Reduced moment of inertia. This reduces the initial yaw of the Snipe SN during launch, increasing launch altitude.
  • The reduced inertia also makes the Snipe more stable in turbulence or when circling, improving performance and controllability.
  • The Snipe is responds better to elevator input, reducing pilot workload.
  • When circling in a thermal, Snipe SN turns faster and due to its lower weight needs less bank angle, increasing the climb rate.

We make two fuselages for the new Snipe, the Snipe SN (with a short nose, as described above), and the Snipe SNT with a short nose and tailboom. Each fuselage is available in versions for left and right handed throwers.

Snipe SNT Light 
The Snipe SNT feels solid and very stable cruising around, and light and lively in pitch when thermalling and manoeuvring. The plane is a bit more twitchy in yaw due to the lower yaw damping.

With the shorter tailboom, the pilot’s input becomes more important, and more skill is required to get the best from this thoroughbred glider. The pitch characteristics are definitely better, the launch does not seem to be affected and may even be slightly improved, though by too small a difference to measure. The plane’s response in yaw from turbulence is the downside with a shorter tailboom, especially if mated with a heavy wing.  Once the air gets bumpy, then the increased inertia of the heavier wing makes the handling less pleasant. With a lighter wing, the shorter tailboom works well. That is why we recommend Snipe SNT for more advanced pilots, and with a light wing only.

Snipe SN/2 and Snipe SNT/2
For the convenient flight and comfortable car travel to the competition site, we have developed a special edition of the collapsible Snipe SN/2 and Snipe SNT/2 two parts wing. Extremely portable Snipe SN/2 and Snipe SNT/2 allows you to bring the model with you anywhere. The box dimensions of a single model is just 1080x230x60 mm.

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Where to buy

Switzerland
Leomotion
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Ship to: Switzerland
Switzerland
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Ship to: Switzerland
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Ship to: Europe

Winspan: 1490mm (58.7 in)
Length: 1066mm (42 in)

Weight: 245 g (8.6 oz)
CG 64 +/- 3mm from leading edge
Wing area 19.65 dm²  (304.6 sq in)
Wing airfoils Proprietary airfloil family by Joe Wurtz
Wing aspect ratio 11,3
Horizontal stabilizer area 2,14 sq dm (33.17 sq in)
Horizontal stabilizer airfoils Proprietary airfloil family by Joe Wurtz
Horizontal stabilizer aspect ratio 1,42
Vertical stabilizer area 2 sq dm (31 sq in)
Vertical Stabilizer airfoils Proprietary airfloil family by Joe Wurtz
Vertical stabilizer aspect ratio 1,08<
Control surfaces Ailerons (flaps), rudder, elevator

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Snipe (Black-green)
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Snipe (Black-orange)
1906
Snipe (White-orange)
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