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Old Nov 27, 2012, 02:50 AM
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I have been lurking on here on the groups and I am really impressed by the amount of great information and spirit of sharing. last spring I started flying handlaunch with a old scratch built glider that I scored at a swap meet. Talkng to the builder(Dang) got me yearning to build my own.

So I started with wings and tails. But I really wanted my own fuselage. I recently completed my first mold and have spent the last couple of week learning how to use it efectively. I think I have a handle on it now so I am starting on 2 new molds.

My fuse is a bit on the large side but it is quite strong and has loads of room. no problem at all standing 4 servos up in the nose (3114, JR285, HS55). Looks like the weight will be pretty consistent at 50 grams+-. I have one built out for testing with an old wing. This week I will try and buld out a nicer one with a new wing.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 03:36 AM
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Nice Job !

What is your layup for your fuselage ?
The wing is vacuum bagged or molded ?

Olivier
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 06:59 AM
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Nice to see guys are still putting the build in building


I bought my first brand new DLG last month [a moldie] I have literally owned about two dozen now. [bagged stuff]

Its really cool knowing you have built every part from chunks of foam and rolls of fabric.

Your fuse looks great
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 08:30 AM
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Great start. Stick with it... the building side of this hobby can be as rewarding as the flying.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 08:37 AM
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Gents:
Apologies for the n00b question ... from what material are the bladders made?
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 08:43 AM
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Some use "clown balloons", some use thin plastic drop cloth, welded to shape with a soldering iron. I am sure a search for bladders will bring up lots of data.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 08:46 AM
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Apologies for the n00b question ... from what material are the bladders made?
I have used both clown balloons and home made poly [1mil] bladders.

You can sandwich poly between a rag and use a soldering iron to melt a seam together.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 10:12 AM
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Leroyo- Bagged tails and wings. Carbon in the tail, Kevlar and/or glass in the nose. Right now I am using 2 layers only in the boom with a couple of extra renforcment pieces. I am also doing some heavy Layups for a Crossover slope racer.

Tom - It is true , building is a lot of fun! I can't wait 'till next the next contest season. Finishing in the middle of the pack with my own scratch built ship will be fun.

Cap n Dave - Twisting ballons are cheap and easy for this sort of shape.

More to come...
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 12:51 PM
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Lee,

Looks good. Sigh, I'm envious.

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Old Nov 27, 2012, 02:17 PM
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Lee,

Great work! This is a long way in a very short time from those first couple of 'Taters! You're really making me want more hours in the day... I look forward to battling for the middle of the pack with you and your hand-crafted beauties.

-John
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 05:43 PM
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Lee,

Great stuff. I'd heard the rumors about the fuse, awesome work. Prepare to get your brain picked when we get a little closer on this side of the lake.

Did you cut out the mold?

So you and John are gunning for my middle of the pack honors, we'll see about that!:

Rick
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 06:31 PM
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Lee,

Did you use a curved parting plate?

Gary
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 07:55 PM
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I'm very impressed with the progress Lee has made. Every new part he makes just keeps getting better and better. So are you going to kit it?
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 11:31 PM
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Like that canted nose look Lee, good job dude!

Are your next molds going to be from the same plug, or are you going to change things up a little?
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 03:10 AM
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Did somebody say airplane?

No seriously, thanks for the Kudos guys. I just have to thank all the people on here that openly share there ideas, techniques and mistakes. I stll have a lot of leasons to learn and keep striving to learn this craft.

John -Don't forget all the hours in the night when you are wasting time sleeping.

Rick - I hope you don't believe all the rumors. I hand shaped the plug and pulled the mold off of that. It is quicker when starting from scratch to go this route but takes quite a bit of knack to get it shaped straight and symetrical. I am more than happy to help you guys out any way possible, John too. I can hardly wait for another contest and may have to head for Arizona or SoCal this Winter.

Gary - The parting plane breaks and angles about 10* an inch or so ahead of the wing LE.

Dave - That would be so cool. I would like to trade some parts and or complete planes for some money or other usefull things. All I have to get rid of at the moment is some tails and a bunch of blemished fuselages.

Ploof - I like the drooped nose to. One of the new molds will be off of this plug but with the nose a little pointier and the boom slimmed down and transitioning to round behind the stab. I hope to save 6-8 grams without losing any structure. The second mold s for a 2-2.5 meter slope weapon.
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