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1/24th scale standard Rogallo hang gliders scratch built in April and May 2020

1/24th scale Brock 82 standard Rogallo hang glider

“After you.”
“No. After you. I insist….”

I made three vintage 1970s hang gliders to go with my Revell 1/24th scale Volkswagen Samba bus. To be more accurate, I bought the Samba bus kit and the extra figures to go with the planned hang gliders. (While the hang gliders are models, they are not a plastic models. I put this page in that category for convenience.)

I based the fully rigged model on the Brock 82 ‘standard Rogallo’ made in 1973 by Ultralight Products of El Segundo, an industrial area bordering Los Angeles International Airport in California. The type was named after automotive designer Pete Brock, who founded Ultralight Products.

1/24th scale scatch-built standard Rogallo wings and Revell VW Samba bus

Are they ever going to get this thing off the ground?

I made several mistakes including not getting the sail pattern right.

Window sill display of 1/24th scale vintage hang gliders and vehicles

Window sill display

The fellow with the clip board check list reminds me of me when I ran inter-club hang gliding competitions some years ago. (Too many funny anecdotes there — and some not so funny anecdotes — to clutter this page with…)

1/24th scale scatch-built standard Rogallo wings and Revell VW Samba bus

Clip board check list


This one’s sail is made of coloured paper. Tubes are aluminium and cables are thread. The nose plate is plastic card.

1/24th scale Brock 82 standard Rogallo hang glider construction

Work in progress

Although I used to design, build, and flight test hang gliders, I always contracted out the sail-making. Just using paper and glue to build little ones is a lesson in the need for accurate geometry and thinking ahead about how it is going to arrive at the finished three-dimensional shape. No wonder it took millions of dollars of space program effort combined with boat sail-making know-how to bring the concept of the flex-wing hang glider to practicality.

This work in progress contains some faults that I had to rectify later.

1/24th scale Brock 82 standard Rogallo hang glider construction

Measure twice, cut once, they say…


1/24th scale Brock 82 standard Rogallo hang glider

Completed

I used sellotape on the underside to join the panels, so this model is not suitable for hanging up or otherwise viewing from below it.

1/24th scale Brock 82 standard Rogall hang glider

“It wants to fly.”

1/24th scale scatch-built standard Rogallo wings on Revell VW Samba bus

In the early 1970s it was usual to leave the control frame rigged when transporting.


The red and yellow glider has a white paper sail painted in matt acrylic red and yellow. Tubes are aluminium, cables are thread, and the nose plates are plastic card.

1/24th scale scratch-built 1970s hang glider

It is 9.5 inches (25 cm) long.

The red and white hang glider, which I made first, is constructed from cocktail sticks, thread, Litespan (what a pain!) and the control frame is a length of the thinner alloy tube. I attached it to the frail roof bars permanently to impart more strength to that assembly.

1/24th scale scatch-built standard Rogallo wings and Revell VW Samba bus

Table cloth hang gliding

“Hey guys, have you seen the old green tablecloth with the round white patterns? We need it for the picnic.”

I have not constructed any harnesses yet.

Related

Doing the Samba, my Revell 1/24th scale Volkswagen Samba bus

Duck à l’orange: Airfix 1/76th (OO) scale DUKW with scratch built hang gliders

Hang gliding (my flying)

Instructions for building and flying a paper Rogallo wing

External link

UP is where it’s at in Hang gliding 1974 part 1 of Hang Gliding History