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Posted by Shaper Dave | May 28, 2016 @ 02:23 PM | 877 Views
I have been flying the G2 for the last 3 days in perfect testing weather.
Down to the park by 8am before the thermals really start to pick up and do the shake down trim and handling test.
Having built so many versions of this plane, sorting out the best and worst of camber and reflex settings was a simple matter.

I am now building parts to assemble 2 G2's for Glidermang in New Mexico for evaluation as I have done for my other ships.

This project has been under wraps due to the design being way different than whats been built for current DLG's.
Its not new in the world of gliders by any means but new for us.

I will let Greg do a review of the G2 in Groups but there will be no build log as there is nothing to build just install your gear.

More to come,

Posted by Shaper Dave | May 23, 2016 @ 01:31 PM | 962 Views
I have flown the G2 a couple of times briefly and discovered a massive flutter issue due to the torque arm flexing. A rebuild of the aileron drive and adding a pin in the pivot point similar to the Snipe solved all the flutter.

Sunday was actual test day but conditions were very windy and turbulent.
I used only a 1 ounce ballast slug and found penetration to be more than expected in the 15 -20 mph winds.
First impressions were that it was very slippery, climbed well and runs extremely fast and flat. Even brought it home in one piece which was dicey due to the low level turbulence.

Winds are dropping off later in the week and I will get a chance to wring it out in normal conditions.

Posted by Shaper Dave | Mar 31, 2016 @ 10:23 PM | 1,230 Views
Im still working on the fuse quality and decided to show the mold Im using.
This a typical mold for me except that the glass thickness is twice as thick.

End grain balsa for the flange capped with more glass. Very durable and light compared to what Im seeing other guys use.

Posted by Shaper Dave | Mar 25, 2016 @ 03:52 AM | 1,536 Views
I have been piddling along working at a slow pace on the Ghost and learning all about bladder molding this last week.
Im getting close after the 4th fuse pulled. Weight is 38 grams with the nosecone but need a little more work on the finish still and Im sure I can pull a bit more weight out of the boom which is very stout.
On a side note, All my molds are epoxy & glass and my fuse mold while double the normal thickness for the pressures, hold up perfect to 60 psi pressures with no yield at all. The idea that you need a bulky heavy mold to handle the pressures is just false.

Finished the new fin plug and working on the parting tray.

The wings are very nice and Im getting close to the weights I want. One reject turned in at 115 grams and one at 128 grams. I believe I have the layup I need ready for the next wing. Shooting for 115 grams and perfect. This is on a 315 sq. in. wing so I feel this is pretty good.

Posted by Shaper Dave | Feb 26, 2016 @ 01:32 PM | 1,357 Views
Well, not even close to having a flying Ghost yet. Looks like I have to make another rudder mold and I took some time to add Hinge Line fences to the wing mold. Two steps forward one step back!

Posted by Shaper Dave | Feb 03, 2016 @ 02:52 PM | 1,469 Views
Pulled the first test wing out of the mold today to check for core adhesion
and fit . Awesome !

Posted by Shaper Dave | Jan 27, 2016 @ 03:13 PM | 1,687 Views
Molds are done and will be learning the production process for this set of molds right away.
I should have a flying ship within 2 weeks if all goes well. Then production starts.

Posted by Shaper Dave | Nov 03, 2015 @ 08:08 PM | 2,109 Views
Its been taking slightly more than forever to get to the resin and cloth stage for the molds but its happening right now!
Posted by Shaper Dave | Sep 01, 2015 @ 02:56 PM | 2,718 Views

Here is #4 of 6 flying prototypes I have been working on. This is not the final version of the Ghost.

The Ghost #7 is in the molding process right now. No date as to when it will be ready.

Posted by Shaper Dave | Apr 16, 2015 @ 04:01 PM | 3,159 Views
Im happy to announce that the new owner of the Arrow series DLG's has spent the last week with me at my shop.
He is new to bagging but has the drive to put in the time to acquire the skills needed to put out a nice kit.

I will leave it up to him to announce when he's ready for all the attention. It should be a few months before there is any product for sale.
There's shop set up and materials to purchase etc. Also run through quite a few reject parts before it all settles down.

His new business is called "Atlantic Glider Works"

Posted by Shaper Dave | Apr 02, 2015 @ 12:04 AM | 3,966 Views
I will be updating this thread as info becomes available.