Posted by The_Builder |
Jun 24, 2012 @ 07:37 PM | 9,534 Views
The Epee is a high performance 1M DLG. I have done everything I can to make assembly as simple as possible.
In order to build your plane you will need;
epoxy, (30 min will work just fine)
Micro balloons, baby powder, or similar filler
Foam Safe CA
hobby knife with new blade
tool to drill small hole
power drill or drill press
needle nose pliers
The first step is to join the wing halves. Put the wing top down on your bench and tape the two halves together with a couple strips of masking tape running opposite the root and one strip right on the root. Now close the the wing "book" so the bottoms of the wing halves are against each other. Fill the hard point cavities with a mix of epoxy and cabosil or baby powder. Place one wing down on the bench and carefully weigh it down to the bench. Lift the other wing tip up off the bench 110-115mm. That will result in approximately a 6 deg dihedral. This is where I fly my plane, and it seems to be ideal.
When the epoxy has hardened you will want to wrap this joint with fiberglass and then wet it out with thinned epoxy or foam safe CA. I prefer to stick some fiberglass to wax paper using a mist of 3M77 and then cut the wax paper and glass into .75" wide strips. You will need two strips. Mist one of the strips on the glass side with the 3M and apply it to the wing joint. Carefully peel the wax paper and wet it out. when it is dry flip the wing over and do the same to the other...Continue Reading