It truly is amazing how agile the Condor 330 is with that much square footage and span, just add more billow. I could never have imagined a training glider to be that much fun to fly.
I know I sound like a grouchy old curmudgeon, but in truth I'm happy. I remember way back when the WW Condor was new on the scene, and we had a antique glider meet at Dockweiler. I got to fly a Seagull 3 and a 11 Meter, also an extra span Easy Riser, a Bamboo Batso that had a healthy right turn in it. Everyone was crashing it, and I grabbed it and said "Yeah, I had a Pliable Moose with a right turn, this is how I had to launch it" and proceeded to launch with the left wing way down, as I got airborne it was starting to level, and just as I ran out of airspeed altitude and ideas she was starting to turn right. I got the longest flight.
I flew one of those Bennet kites with a psychedelic paint job, A Wills standard production # 15, and several others.
When the breeze picked up mid-afternoon I tried the Condor, and my diminutive stature paid off as I got a good 25' over and made many passes, until I was told that I needed to share the kite. It was fun, and I hope to get back there soon. I do appreciate the changes made to the rules, one of my many dreams is to build something like a Hang Loose, but do it Wright Bros style, right on site and fly it.
I followed a link to the OZ Report circa 2008 and relived a discussion not unlike this thread. Has anyone installed a lever link and reported on it? A guy named Brett was active in that thread and had flown his own version of it, saying it was effective. I'm afraid that he passed away here a few years back, may he RIP.
Most pilots contributing to that thread and this one seem to prefer flying prone, and would like something that compliments that style of flight. The more I think about it the more I like the idea of a comfortable ride in a fuselage of sorts, and perhaps with the ability to go from seated to prone, but definitely for sure the ability to lay back in a more reclined attitude for drag reduction.
Over at a friend's place the other day I tested an outdoor patio chair that worked like a Lazy Boy recliner, only it was built very light. But I could sit in an attitude much like a nice car seat, and then lay back in a nice reclined position. Maybe he'll sell me that chair...
I think that a Easy Fly thing with that feature and good streamlining rigidly attached to my Sensor is the way for me. I just need to figure out how I want the mechanics of control to work. I had a fun little daydream where I was sitting in the thing and I had in my hands a big old steering wheel from a big 1950's era American car. It even had one of those knobs on it.
Taking that further I would have foot pedals, not for yaw control but like a car, with a "gas" pedal that would trim the glider faster, and a brake pedal that worked the wheel brakes and lowered flaps. Pressing really hard on the brake pedal would deploy a drag chute.
I have a bundle of old straight battens to try making a model of the fuse with. Need to find some small screws and nuts.
Thanks to all contributors, keep up the good work.