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Old Sep 09, 2009, 10:49 PM
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I have just purchased my 3rd GL, my question is, on the rear stablizer do I cut to fit the leading edge so it fits per the plans on the left and right sides. I cannot remember doing this before. Your help is appreciated.


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Old Sep 10, 2009, 02:15 AM
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Ummm Rick can you throw up a photo ? have no idea from your post apart from cutting ,?? exactly what are you cutting ? GL's are not really your Ideal sloper but hey nothing wrong with them ,I got one hanging in the rafters
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Old Sep 10, 2009, 09:40 AM
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if you are not in a rush I should be able to find out tonight when I get home, I have a gentle lady and I think I still have the plans.

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Old Sep 10, 2009, 12:04 PM
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Thanks

Steve and JJ

First the reason I put in the slope section is because most of the guys that I know view the slope section.

I did lay out the plans, it shows the rear stablizer balsa leading and trailing edge to be 21 inches. Now the left and right sides according to the plans are about 9 inches each. I am at work so I am trying to do this my memory. If I cut the balsa for the rear stablizers leading edge and the trim it, it works, not that big of a deal. I just did not want to start cutting because I did not remember this on my last build of the GL.

What I was trying to do is get it ready for this weekends Old School Fly. Will not get to the GL until Friday night because tonight I have a poker tournament at Hawaiian Gardens Casino and will not be home til late.

Keep the input coming and take care

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Old Sep 10, 2009, 03:22 PM
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Just did some quick checks on the 1 I have hanging up, leading edge is 1/8" square spruce. Total stab span is 22" so thats 11", so I guess really that its not all that important.
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Old Sep 10, 2009, 09:45 PM
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Steve

Laid out the plans, it shows the leading edge on the leading edge of the rear stablizer to be 3/16 x 1/4". The balsa looks like it must be cut to aprox 12 1/4 in and then sanded into place. The finished cut would end up being 12 inches.

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Old Sep 11, 2009, 12:37 AM
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Like I said mines spruce so I guess its not all that important really .
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Old Sep 11, 2009, 10:19 AM
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Don't leave the leading edge blunt, give it a good sharp shape it will climb better less drag
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Old Sep 11, 2009, 01:04 PM
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Don't leave the leading edge blunt, give it a good sharp shape it will climb better less drag
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Old Sep 11, 2009, 04:20 PM
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I think he meant to use a blunt object on the leading edge, I concur on that!

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Old Sep 11, 2009, 04:40 PM
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As I usually do, weighing in were I shouldn't. I think the question refers to whether leading edges should be "sharp" or "rounded". I've always understood that it's better to have smoothly rounded LE's than the sharp ones. Sharp ones, while maybe having less drag, can make a sloper very pitch sensitive.

With a slow gentle lady maybe that's not a issue.

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Old Sep 11, 2009, 06:31 PM
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Someone once told me and I belive him... "It's not so much how you take the air apart as much as how you put it back together"
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Old Sep 11, 2009, 11:02 PM
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To all

Thanks to everyone who has helped. Everything is now going together quite nicely, including useing a blunt object. My last two GL's had round leading edges and they flew perfect. I just needed something I could go 20 minutes away and fly at kite hill, everything else is at least an hour for my LEG. Now no matter where I go I will have options....stablizer complete now sanding time, tomorrow rudder. I appreciate all ideas... Also right now on low stress areas I am useing CA and on high stress Titebond. When completed it will look goregeous.


Thanks to all

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