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Friday, 22 January 2010 15:12

I don't have any pictures of this glider yet, but I do have some interesting details supplied by the owner of No 91, Pete Wooley. He says that,

'The self-launch Mini ( 145 ), was converted here in South Africa to Shempp design and approval by its original owner (Nouwens) when it was fairly new.
It is s/n 145 (registration ZS-UYV). It was originally registered in the "G" for "glider" category but changed to "U" later, as for "ultra light".
I have an idea that when it was exported to Namibia it went out as ZS-G something, which was its original registration when new. I'm trying to find out for you. It had relatively low hours and a Rotax twin cylinder engine, which had been removed by the previous owner whose had never seemed to master flying the ship!'

Following some emails from Anders Lustig, ( who is looking to 'motorise' a mini ), I received the following information and pictures from the new owners of 145, an 'approved' self launching mini nimbus.. The glider is still flying in South Africa and has a DG400 engine fitted, which was bought in its entirety from DG-Flugzeugbau and is the standard DG 400 motor and installation.
I got the following email from Christoph Sigwart, one of the owners who kindly sent me some very nice pictures and this information.

'We bought it in May 01, but started to improve it in October. Instruments and the engine did not work properly.
First we installed a working rpm-meter and found that we did not get more than 5000 rpm. The engine (Originally DG 400) had been modified by a special injection system and a different muffler. We installed carburetors again without success. But after installing the original muffler we got to 6400 rpm and it is now performing nicely (Takeoff performance similar to a DG 400). I like to fly it very much.
In Namibia the conditions are strong enough for the additional wing loading, caused by the engine.
I have the feeling, that we can fly it with additional water.
My co-owner flew it almost over a distance of 900 km, so we hope one day to reach the 1000 km.
Disadvantage is the fairly small main wheel, particularly in soft ground. On takeoff a subtle acceleration should be tried in order not to nosedive it.
Unfortunately I can not give you much information on the conversion, which was done in South Africa by whom ??
But you are always welcome to have a closer look. Unfortunately the ship is staying in Namibia'