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Posted by Old_Pilot | Yesterday @ 08:21 AM | 12,086 Views
Das Ugly Glider - Part 4

Got the center section of the wing done and hinged the feathers...Will start on the outboard sections of the wing today
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 27, 2021 @ 06:13 PM | 24,554 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 | 18,821 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 | 18,510 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 | 15,835 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 | 12,786 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 | 13,057 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 | 13,264 Views
Cut her out yesterday.....Flight ready today
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 18, 2021 @ 02:25 PM | 8,800 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 | 7,699 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 | 7,150 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 | 6,736 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 | 8,063 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 | 9,215 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 | 5,317 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 | 5,540 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 | 21,995 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 | 15,824 Views
Down to push rods and control horns..maybe later this afternoon
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 03, 2021 @ 02:51 PM | 13,478 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