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Posted by will_newton | Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:48 AM | 25,813 Views
I'm taking a break from r/c stuff and if I check rcgroups at all it is usually just to breeze through the for sale forum for fun. I never read the other forums. I am not currently offering any items for sale.

I had a good time and occasionally fly my little microplanes in the yard, but I am just involved in other things now. Thanks for the fun and memories, I hope to return at some point in the future.

If you leave me a PM or email, don't expect a quick reply.
Posted by will_newton | May 17, 2008 @ 10:59 AM | 31,749 Views
DLG pods for the Taboo GT, handcrafted in full carbon or full fiberglass 2.4 ghz models. Get them from Oleg @ http://www.olgol.com/TabooGT/ordering.html

Good enough to eat!

Also, a couple of colorized 2.4 pods.

then there are couple of pods I made just for myself. The red/yellow/white Fireball pod was made using three colors of resin at once in the layup itself so the color runs all the way through. The black pod looks normal, but it was made with a layer of high modulus carbon, so it's quite stiff!
Posted by will_newton | Feb 12, 2008 @ 05:04 PM | 31,523 Views

1. Offset throwing blades for DLG. Unshaped blank ready to have an airfoil sanded into it. After shaping apply some CA to shine it up!

2: Regular DLG blades, ready for airfoiling. A Mark Drela shaping diagram included

3: DLG servo coversThe fiberglass covers are available in opaque black, opaque red, transparent red, transparent yellow, carbon, and untinted.

Fitting tips:
Trim your covers to fit using sharp scissors. Dress your cuts smooth with some fine sandpaper. You can also sand the edges of the flange down on the the covers once you have them trimmed. Once the edge of the flange starts to disappear you've sanded enough and they will conform nicely to the wing with no bump at all.

I prefer to use 3M glossy scotch tape. I also tape the servo covers down to a plastic bag first as if it were the wing. Then trim the tape border around the flanges with an exacto to about 1/4 inch. The servo covers will peel off the plastic with the tape and you can stick it right on the DLG for a clean install.

4: DLG wing wiring connectors- 5-pin for 2 servos and antennas in the wing- can be cut to make custom lengths --

5. DLG and light airplane control horns in carbon fiber. Design based on Mark Drela's SGII DLG horns and are roughly cut (a trim diagram is included). Horns have a molded pip to increase bearing areas and molded .020 holes for perfect lineup. The holes easily redrilled for larger wire.

Posted by will_newton | Dec 01, 2007 @ 09:17 AM | 32,014 Views
I do fly a few parkflyers and e-helis, too. My first "real" R/C toy was a race car (an old school RC-10) I had at about age 14. I got out of it but re-discovered it after becoming ill and wanting to pick up a hobby that would get me out of the house during my recovery.

-Gonna have to get the pics up for this one sometime soon!
Posted by will_newton | Nov 15, 2006 @ 07:50 PM | 33,693 Views
This built-up balsa Discus Launch Glider was made for a new friend. This Gambler glides in Iceland now!
Posted by will_newton | Oct 27, 2006 @ 10:02 PM | 33,992 Views
Sanded down over the repair and a few inches on the boom either side. The differing finish and epoxy in the layup gives a really cool effect.

The satin part is sanded with 1200 grit and feels very smooth.

The layup is unicarbon, 80/20 unicarbon, and sheared woven carbon.
Posted by will_newton | Sep 04, 2006 @ 02:38 PM | 34,418 Views
Hi folks, I fly R/C gliders for fun and I'm a professional woodworker and jewelry store owner.

I do a lot of building and repairs, especially composites. I have access to a full pro woodworking shop with large tools, vacuum bag systems, moldmaking supplies, foam cutting equipment, CAD software, most any hand or small power tool you could want, and clamps by the hundreds.

I fly mostly sailplanes. I especially like DLG, TD, and E-sailplanes. I've owned lots of park flyers and my share of helis. I've never messed with nitro, but did race r/c cars as a young teenagers, but quit about the time I got a drivers license. As an adult, I had a major illness/operation/recovery and wanted to find a hobby that would get me out of the house, so I rekindled my interest in r/c.
It just so happens that the first field I showed up at was a glider club, the only one in NC. So now, I fly with a great bunch of guys at the DESS field in Wilson, NC. I even enjoyed a brief stint as president and treasurer/secretary and am now the the club librarian.

I have been involved making small composite parts for gliders for a few years now. I make or have made parts for several DLG glider makers and produce a few items for sale on my own.

projects I've been messing with:

The XCBD- big cross country glider

DLG and other glider tail booms

When I'm not doing r/c I enjoy just making things for fun or tinkering on my electric bicycle or working on my house. For example, last month I built a small boat! I also do a lot of computer work with design and graphics. I also own a handmade jewelry store, handling the accounting, marketing, and storefront so that my wife can keep making and repairing jewelry in the shop. I'm the father of the greatest daughter in the universe as well, no small task. We also manage to find time for the 2 dogs, 2 fish, and 6 chickens that keep us as pets.

Thanks for the visit!
Posted by will_newton | Feb 23, 2006 @ 09:30 PM | 34,683 Views
Cool, a blog! Now I have to think of something witty!