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Nov 11, 2012, 08:07 AM
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New 3.5m Thermal glider composite build

Just wanted to share our clubs new 3.5 meter glider build. It's been a great team effort and we are getting close. The airfoil is Mark Drela's Supra but we changed up the fuse to a saddle mount.
The nose is slip-in to the fuse so we machined CNC molds to create either a electric version or a winch launch version. Bladder system to create all fuse parts. Vert stab is vacuum bagged as well as all wing skins. The wing is full on hollow core using 1.5mm depron for core material.
Full flying horz stab again in molds. Everything pre-painted in the molds.
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Nov 11, 2012, 08:10 AM
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Just a few more pictures.
The lower center panel of the wing was laided up last night for the first tiime. You an see the 3k CF tow used for spar caps and drags in the last picture. Kelvar servo reinforcement for the flap. Will demold tomorrow and post results.
The first fuse and vert and horz stabs done!
Nov 11, 2012, 03:30 PM
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Nice project SB....

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Nov 14, 2012, 04:19 PM
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pre-painted in the molds.
After waxing, what kind of color is more easy, to use?
Nov 15, 2012, 08:18 AM
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Pre waxed and then sprayed on PVA. Let dry and spray on any Enamal paint you want.

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