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Posted by Mr B.... | Apr 13, 2014 @ 05:38 PM | 2,537 Views
Now this is what I do in my free time! I designed this new model and it's called the Oculus EXL for ELES and sport flying we have to offer. Hope to have it on the web site soon. http://www.mmglidertech.com/
Made in the USA

Merrill
Posted by Mr B.... | Jan 13, 2014 @ 11:07 PM | 2,753 Views
We have started redesigning the Oculus to make it lighter and bigger for ALES competition. The center panel will be 8" longer with flaps. The elevator will also have more span. I will be posting pic's soon of the new construction. The plan is to have it flying and ready for the ALES contest in May for Visalia.


Merrill
Posted by Mr B.... | Dec 21, 2013 @ 07:24 PM | 3,350 Views
I have been working on some new product this year and this is one of them.
This is a G-10 box mount nose skeg for our sailplanes. Comes with two removable shegs.

$45 + Shipping.

Merrill
Posted by Mr B.... | Oct 27, 2013 @ 08:41 PM | 2,472 Views
We went to Visalia this year with a plan to make a showing and did! I placed 1st in RES Open with the Oculus & placed 2nd with the E-Oculus in ALES. We also had six Oculi's on the field. In the 21 years I have been a manufacture I have never had that many planes of mine in one place at the same time together. Next year I hope to see more.
For more info at www.mmglidertech.com

Merrill
Posted by Mr B.... | Aug 14, 2013 @ 05:46 PM | 4,021 Views
Well Vacation is over and now it's time to get back to making some airplanes! Who's up for doing some building? Contact me I have the plane for you.
Oculus Sale going on right now! Free shipping with in the USA and a discount for outside. Lets get those winter projects started now! http://www.mmglidertech.com/

Merrill
Posted by Mr B.... | May 07, 2013 @ 12:05 AM | 7,329 Views
Made the top five MAN ON MAN fly off at the RES Bent Wing Contest in Visalia this weekend. It started like this AVA 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & Oculus in 5th. It ended with a AVA in 1st & the Oculus in 2nd and so on. Yes we (you) can still build winning airplanes!

Merrill
Posted by Mr B.... | Jun 01, 2012 @ 06:44 AM | 4,764 Views
MM Glider Tech Celebrates 20 Years!

Downey, CA - June 1, 2012

MM Glider Tech, one of the classic “old school” wood model glider kit manufacturers, triumphantly celebrates its 20th year in business this month. The Downey based small family business, founded by designer and contest pilot Merrill Brady, carries on the time-honored tradition of quality balsa wood built-up airplane kits to the delight of aircraft modelers around the world.
The torch had been passed to Merrill by legendary golden age model champions like the great Sal Taibi, who taught him wood selection and the art of die-cutting balsa kits. For most of MM Glider Tech's 20 years, they have used a 1910 vintage printing press, and hand-made the intricate razor-ribbon stamping dies needed to produce his model kits.
In contrast to the historic die cutting press and Merrill’s old-time mentors, MM Glider Tech was equally noted for innovative and modern contest-winning gliders… designs that showed up routinely in the winner’s circle of local and national contests. When modern competition categories were created for devotees of traditional wooden gliders, MM Glider Tech responded with new designs that combined the aerodynamic science and precise handling needed to win today’s competitions, with the nostalgic construction techniques and traditional materials of yesterday. Old-school glider enthusiasts enjoyed bringing back a better time in modeling, and MM Glider Tech helped them bring home the trophies too.
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Posted by Mr B.... | Apr 19, 2012 @ 10:26 PM | 5,114 Views
On June 1st M M Glider Tech will have a really BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

Merrill
Posted by Mr B.... | Apr 03, 2012 @ 09:20 PM | 6,048 Views
M M Glider Tech is proud to introduce the Oculus RES competition sailplane kit. Oculus is the result of many years of model sailplane design experience and many competition wins. Oculus gives the RES competitor a world class American made sailplane with equal or better performance than exotic and costly European contest aircraft.
Oculus uses traditional balsa and plywood construction, strengthened in critical areas with carbon fiber. Veteran RES designer and contest-winning pilot Merrill Brady worked very hard during the design and development to capture the ideal balance between the sailplane having the strength to withstand competition, and a glider that delivers unequaled thermal indication/response/handling.
This sailplane delivers a great flight performance, yet still gives the RES competition pilot “instant” fingertip control that only a light balsa structure can achieve. The result is a nearly magical ability to turn and perform in light air, making usable lift out of what would otherwise only be a gust.
The magnificent Oculus kit is a joy to build, with beautiful precisely laser cut ribs, hand-selected quality wood, top quality carbon structural reinforcement materials, and exquisitely drawn plans. Drag reduction and world class styling are provided by a gorgeous hand-laid epoxy painted fiberglass fuselage. An electric version for limited motor run ALES type events is also available, as well as the original RES competition sailplane version. M M Glider Tech's Oculus is proudly designed and manufactured in the USA. The kit cost is $425 + Shipping. Available direct from www.mmglidertech.com or call @ 562-505-3950

Spec's:
Airfoil: SD3021
Wing span: 122.5"
Wing sq": 1285.25"
Length: 63"
Weight: 55-65 oz
Fuse: 2.4 Composite layup
Wing: Lazar cut ribs
Spar: Carbon tubular rapped kevlar
Posted by Mr B.... | Jan 31, 2012 @ 01:57 AM | 5,294 Views
I went to the AMA show and came home with a Hausler 450P Heli. The wife asked what were you thinking. I stopped over at Cermark to see Steve & Alex. Not knowing a thing about it I stopped by the shop and the customer service is top notch. Alex set me all up, Dude you rock! It only took a few hours to get the rocks to fire it up. OK I had the concept of what to do. I got it of the ground in the back yard and then SMACK! Back to the shop and got all the parts the fix it. It took only 2 hours to rebuild it this time. I did learn not to take off on the grass. Now lets start in the front yard on the drive way. Well that work until I tried flying at night under the street light. That is just wrong idea! Now I am one to never give up it's been four crashes five rebuilds and changed to upgraded parts. It has been a week and a day with NO crashes! Some days I get to fly one or two battery's. Hovering I think I am getting the hang of it. I am now hovering about 20' up. Now it's time to start learning to fly it moving forward.

Merrill
Posted by Mr B.... | Jan 02, 2012 @ 11:41 AM | 5,397 Views
I am proud to announce this years winner of the New Year! I had the pleasure of flying with Chris hunting the sky for lift. I also stopped the watch when he landed.

Nice job!
Chris Jolly with the time of 2:20:18:54


I wanted to thank everyone for participating. Hope that the new year brings lots of lift.

Merrill
Posted by Mr B.... | Feb 28, 2011 @ 12:45 AM | 26,695 Views
Oculus the newest RES sailplane to come out of the R&D department from M M Glider Tech in 13 years! This will be as a builders kit!
Test flight date: SOON!

Spec's:
Airfoil: SD3021
Wing span: 122.5"
Wing sq": 1285.25"
Length: 63"
Weight: 55-65 oz
Fuse: 2.4 Composite layup
Wing: Lazar cut ribs
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Posted by Mr B.... | Jan 29, 2011 @ 12:35 AM | 8,152 Views
M M glider Tech has joined Face Book! You can also find Merrill Brady the owner of M M on Face Book at

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?...7954359&ref=ts


http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/M-M...78444678859168
Posted by Mr B.... | Jul 03, 2010 @ 12:50 PM | 9,562 Views
M M Glider Tech will be making a showing at the NATS this year with Team Marauder! Hope that we can visit with everyone from the other side of the soaring world. I know that there is a big California showing of top pilots. I am hoping that things go well on the road to get there. Stopping off to visit with family in Louisiana. I will be taking my micro cam with me and hoping to get some cool video over my home town in Cajun country.

Will be staying away from the coast though. It saddens me that they can't stop the oil all they can do now is clean it all up!

We will be out of the shop from July 17th through August 9th.

You will be able to read all about each event here on this link for the NATS News. http://www.modelaircraft.org/events/nats/natsnews.aspx

I will be flying in RES July 25,26 Open Class 29,30 DLG 31, Aug 1


Marauder Team Leader

Merrill

Marauder took 10th place in RES at the 2010 NATS!
Posted by Mr B.... | May 31, 2010 @ 02:06 PM | 9,680 Views
New from M M Glider Tech.

I have been working on some more new things for the toys we play with. I was asked to make some new style bumps in clear for a Pike molded wing to cover the servo hole. They will also fit other molded wings. With the clear covers you can look inside to inspect the working parts. The sheet comes with four sets of bumps. All you have to do is trim to fit your models hole opening and tape in place.

Sheet of four bumps are $4 + $2 shipping.
Posted by Mr B.... | May 19, 2010 @ 01:12 AM | 10,891 Views
I was asked to repair a Pike wing for a friend. It started out as a small project and then turned into a full on composite airframe skin repair. I had to make some molds of the skins and LE. I was given a used replacement left wing tip to get the root rib pin placement.

I started with the molds to replace the skins. Laid up a splash over the surface and LE for the top and then one for the bottom of both main and tip. After they cured I waxed all the mold surfaces and prepped for the lay up. The new skin layup starts with a layer of 3/4 oz glass at a 0 degree, then two layers of 1.4 oz glass. The first one is laid down at a + 45 degree angle then the other is at a 90 degree. This will give max strength for the skin lay up! I then added a bead of Cab-o-sil to the back side of the LE for a hard point.

Once all the parts are cured cut to a oversize rough fit. I scarfed the edge of the bad skin away and then sanded a 45 degree edge for the mating skin. The inside of the skin has some delam that need to be fixed before putting the new skin on. This was a simple fix! The inside glass that is covering the foam is a very dry lay up from the Mfg! This is how they make a light airframe. The only problem is that it makes for a weak surface. With that said all I did was wet out the glass with a thin coat of resin.

Trim the new skin to fit the repair area. I mixed up some resin, half with cab-o-sel and the other half with out. Coat the foam with a light coat of resin. Use the...Continue Reading
Posted by Mr B.... | May 07, 2010 @ 09:15 PM | 9,896 Views
We have been working on some new product to fit the 2.4 radio's. The latest thing is the 2.4 Wind Direction Aerial. I have come out with something that works well to replace the old antenna that we all came to like with that ribbon at the end.

This streamline part fits on the back of the transmitter with two sided tape nicely. The Aerial is a 3/16 white fiberglass rod that fits into the base. It can easily be removed for transport. With the tape ribbon at the top and the wind blowing ever so slightly you always know which way the thermal is going.

I started off with a 18" aerial for the DLG guys. I will be adding a 24" aerial to the list as well. These parts and all of our other accessories can be found at http://www.mmglidertech.com/accessories.php

We have 18" & 24" in stock at this time!

Merrill Brady
M M Glider Tech
Posted by Mr B.... | May 03, 2010 @ 09:58 PM | 10,275 Views
How bad can it be when your friends (The Futaba Boys) are teaching your timer (My kid) the strategic art of thermal hunting. Oh and the best one of all was when Andy sent Matthew to go under cover to sky on your competitors landings to see if he made it or not! My hats is off to the both Edger and his timer Andy for helping out spotting air. Teaming up with them was like flying at the home field with the boys on a fun fly day! Standing atop of the first place box was amazing with all cheering on! Keith is a true sports men! It can't get any better than that having my son be there timing for me. He did a fabulous job and was learning to spot when the plane was lifting. He played the biggest part in how I was flying on Saturday morning. I find myself looking more at what I need to do before I get up to the flight line with him there. Later I realized that I am flying with a clear state of mind do to the calm tone of his voice. He has learned to spot other planes in lift just before it's time to launch. This is on top of my list of the best time ever with my kid as a father & son flying week end trip!

We had a great time and already look forward to next year! ; )


Merrill
Posted by Mr B.... | Feb 20, 2010 @ 03:51 PM | 10,558 Views
In one of the Marauder forms I have hinted that M M Glider Tech will be coming out with something new this year!

I hope to have this new aerothing revealed at the Fall Fest in Visalia in Oct of this year. Maybe even have one flying in the contest.

Here are a few clues to get things going tell then. I will be adding a clue now and then. This is not a contest!

The name has been figured out by jswain The Oculus !

Clue # 1 I also have something new in the works so keep an Eye open for it!

Clue # 2 Is it all about the Name?
__________________________________________________ ______________________________________
What is it going to be?

Clue # 3 A little Bigger than the others!

Clue # 4 It will have a Rudder!

Clue # 5 If it has a Rudder it will have a Elevator as well!

Clue # 6 The Spoiler's are on top!

Clue # 7 The Glass is always half full!

Clue # 8 A hodge podge of things Fuse together.

Clue # 9 Looks are everything right?

Clue #10 A step up for us in the Modern world!

Clue #11 Stylish is the way to go!

Clue #12 Winning Class!

Clue #13 Flying a Top of the clouds

Clue #14 Wings gives you lift!

Clue #15 Mount Up!

Clue # 16 Pylons are not just for turning round!

Clue # 17 Set the lazer on the target.

Clue #18 A Cut above the rest!

Clue # 19 Ribs! Pass the BBQ sauce!

There will be no more Clues!


We know what the name is! The Oculus !

What is it?

Safe Flying!

Merrill Brady, Chief Designer
AMA 276833 LSF 7247

M M Glider Tech
Po Box 39098
Downey, CA 90239
Posted by Mr B.... | Jan 28, 2010 @ 12:24 AM | 11,459 Views
I picked up a new toy at the AMA show. I got me a Nieuport 17 from Eflight at the Highland hobby both. Nice people.

Opened the box in the shop and looked at what was needed to get it in the air. Looking around I had most everything. It went together pretty fast. The hard part was that it was one of the most fragile planes I had ever worked on in a long time. The wings went together and then you had to thread line in the wing to hold the dihedral in place. Different but it work well. I think that the cool part of this model is that the motor is mounted to the Emotor. This makes it turn when under power.

First flight: I went over to the school that we fly at. It was right before dark with just enough light to see the plane in the sky. Did a preflight check and al seemed OK. As I powered up to do a roll out it lifted right off the ground. With no time at all it was in the air. Did a control check to test that I had it all dialed in right. Turned down wind and added power to climb out. For such a small motor it has lots of power. Did four or five turns around the field I wanted to land to see how the sink rate was like. Chopped power and it started to nose over with a short glide path. That told me it we nose heavy. I had to add power to get it to the right landing spot on the dirt. I didn't want to land it the grass and flip it over. I was thinking about the fragile air frame. I may have to add weight to the tail to CG it. I charged up a battery and went out for a full test flight. It went even better than the last. Full power this thing will go vertical.

Over view: Great plane and looks great in the air. I like my new toy!


Merrill