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Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 27, 2021 @ 06:13 PM | 9,323 Views
Das Ugly Glider - Part 3

Very productive day...and very pleased with the weight...got the fuse assembled and dry fit the tail section...I'll be darned if it doesn't look like a little Ugly Stik...The Tab-A-into-Slot-B method made the assembly so easy...I guess I'll start on the wing tomorrow
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 26, 2021 @ 04:25 PM | 14,263 Views
There's an airplane in there somewhere..I swear it is..now I just have to figure out where all these parts go.....LOL
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 26, 2021 @ 01:38 PM | 14,963 Views
I cut all the parts this morning, and starting to assemble. Wing ribs are 1/8", Fuse sides are 1/8", Fuse top,bottom, stab and fin are 3/16, as are the ailerons, wing tips and TE
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 25, 2021 @ 11:47 AM | 15,647 Views
To all my friends and colleagues here on RC Groups......Have a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 24, 2021 @ 12:34 PM | 12,487 Views
So here's what I'm gonna cut and build..I'm pretty sure Phil Kraft didn't have this in mind...still have a little banjo work to do, but I like the proportions
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 21, 2021 @ 07:49 AM | 12,756 Views
I'm determined to build a conventional glider, but this time, I'm not going to try to use an 8 year old wing....and yes, she'll be based on an Ugly Stik.

First guess is a ~60" wing span with either a PW-51 or an Aquila Airfoil.Stay tuned
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 19, 2021 @ 04:47 PM | 13,152 Views
Cut her out yesterday.....Flight ready today
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 18, 2021 @ 02:25 PM | 8,703 Views
Chicken Soup for the Soul.....after yesterday's disappointment, I decided I needed a "feel good"...cut her out this morning...starting the paint job now....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 18, 2021 @ 08:19 AM | 7,603 Views
Well, yesterday ended in disaster for the Scrap Glider....I was moving the airplane from one portion of the shop to another, stumbled (not paying attention) and crushed the airframe...broke the fuse in half and the wing in 3 places....I guess she was never meant to fly ...Guess I'll start on something else...POOP !

There's a small step between the new and old portions of the shop, and I missed....just clumsy..I feel lucky I didn't break anything more than the airplane, or require stitches somewhere.....could have been a lot worse
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 17, 2021 @ 08:38 AM | 7,058 Views
And the Darwin Award for the day goes to..drum roll,...ME...not sure what I was thinking when I bought these little motors (2830-1200), but instead of TLAR, these are TDLR....."That Don't Look Right !"..So I mounted the larger motor (3530-1100) and a larger battery..Good news is that the airplane balances just forward of the spar........the bad news is my folding prop won't work....However, there may be a TU-95 Bear foamie as a result.....In the words of my second favorite philosopher, Walter..."Dumb Ass !"
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 16, 2021 @ 08:38 AM | 6,643 Views
Das Ugly Glider
Finished the fuse and feathers, and I got to looking at it, and guess what ? The fuse is a slender Ugly Stik fuselage....Go figure.

Waiting on the motors to get here.....will start covering today
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 11, 2021 @ 05:50 PM | 7,979 Views
So here's what I plant to cut and build for the old wing
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 10, 2021 @ 03:28 PM | 9,140 Views
Trying to design a fuse and feathers for this old wing...Does this look proportional ??
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 09, 2021 @ 10:54 AM | 5,242 Views
So I made this wing back in 2014, and it never flew.....61" span - 5.5 degrees of dihedral each side......the plan is to cut a fuse and feathers for a powered glider. Airfoil is a 9% Clark-Y, 8.5" chord
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 08, 2021 @ 08:29 AM | 5,466 Views
The Ultra Mess (2 min 39 sec)


Proof of flight of the Ultra Mess. I apologize for the outburst...my camera man was frustrated....couldn't see the display....looking into the sun
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 05, 2021 @ 07:13 AM | 21,918 Views
So I checked weight and balance this morning. AUW= 35.2 oz, Wing Area = 513 sq in (3.563 sq ft), MAC = 12.5",
Balance Point @ 3" from LE, or 24% MAC, Wing Loading = 9.88 oz/ sq ft, Static Thrust = 63.4 oz, T/W = 1.80 : 1.0....
Seems I got this one right
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 04, 2021 @ 02:21 PM | 15,712 Views
Down to push rods and control horns..maybe later this afternoon
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 03, 2021 @ 02:51 PM | 13,357 Views
The Ultra Mess...Today's progress..got the fuse and feathers covered and mounted, along with the motor and the rudder servo...I'll cover the wing tomorrow
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 02, 2021 @ 08:06 AM | 14,559 Views
First dry fit.....have to add a bit of planking between the LE and the spar where the rubber bands lay....but she's ready to cover
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 01, 2021 @ 07:58 AM | 15,772 Views
Got most of the fuse assembled yesterday afternoon and this morning....made all the triangle stock for the fillets