Originally Posted by CloudyIFR
The Skunkworks have been busy all summer.
Jim Loughran taught these folks everything there is to know to scratch build a model; cutting foam, vacuum bagging a wing, making pods/booms, radio installation/programming etc....
This is the first of four new 140" scratch built ALES gliders.
This is called the Gair-E as it's Gary's wonderful model. Even though he flies an Oly very well he'll really like this one!
It's their own modified airfoil and 100% totally scratch built. Including the pod in a female mold with the wing saddle built in, a beautiful aluminum motor mount, and a horizontal stab mount that will survive a nuclear bomb. Estimated cost under $250 and time, well it's been a long summer. Now what are they going to do this winter?
Test flight scheduled in a few hours.
Nice work guys!
Well, I'll tell you this. There was no shortage of interest this morning when the first of these beauitiful airplanes flew. You'd have thought there was a contest going on.
I've attatched a video(click on it) and a photo of the proud owner.