(made in 1978)
The Superscorpion (released the same day as the Spectrum), first appearing on the market in early 1978, is the first machine to have fully cambered sail and an absence of deflexers. The Mk 1 has a very simple airframe which is strong, reasonably light and easy to rig. The control frame uprights have a curve at the top and rigging is achieved by swinging out one upright which locates with a spring button. As the uprights are of 1 1/8 inch x 17 g they are quite easily damaged. The early Superscorpions are extremely easy to fly, being light in both pitch and roll, but with just the right amount of damping. One of the main virtues of the glider's handling is the ease with which the glider will roll, even without any pitch co-ordination. This allows moderately flat turns and 360s to be achieved easily. It will fly very slowly indeed and still retain good roll control which makes it ideal for scratching on light wind days or in light thermal. In stronger winds however, anything over 25 mph, the machine becomes very frustrating to fly due to its lack of penetration. The glider is supplied in sizes 'B' pilot weight up to 10 st and 'C' for heavier pilots.
The Mk 11 has a similar airframe set up to the Vulcan with a sliding centre-box system. And improved nose catch
assembly makes for easier and more secure use. Straight 13 g uprights replace the earlier curved top ones. The MK
11 is marginally faster than the Mk 1, although the handling has suffered slightly due to the less flexible airframe,
making roll just a little less responsive.
size 'B'. Leading edge 18 ft 0 in, keel 12 ft 1 in, sail area 173 sq ft, nose angle 120 deg. aspect ratio 5.6, weight 46 lbs, Span 30 ft 7 in and pilot weight range 9 to 13 st.