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Jun 13, 2018, 01:21 AM
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Jun 24, 2018, 05:02 PM
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I'm back at it. Was busy with the work thing.

Picture shows spot gluing the hatch on so I can shape it.

Once I complete both hatch assemblies, the wings will be next.
Jun 24, 2018, 06:11 PM
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Nice Ken!
Jun 24, 2018, 06:40 PM
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So here are a few pictures of one fuselage sanded with hatch.

Still a few areas that I will need to final sand to remove the rough shaping marks.

Next up hatch on second fuselage.

It's good to be back on task.
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Jun 25, 2018, 02:30 AM
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Very nice job shaping these fuse's. Especially, the nose.

I have spent a bit of time looking/staring at the glue patterns of the nose laminations this evening. The outlines would make a pretty cool looking cockpit painted right. Or, I can see the outlines taped off and stained with contrasting shade between sections, varnished then glassed for a natural wood finish. Like a proper "Baby Bowlus" fuse would look.

I could be over thinking all of this or it's the drugs...or both. Either way, I like your work and I am definitely going to do a laminated nose on mine too.

Oh, and did I mention? Damn, those fuse's look good!

Jun 25, 2018, 09:50 PM
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Thanks Geppetto,

I'm happy with how the nose turned out too.

Wasn't really planned, I was just utilizing the wood I had on hand.

Staining would be cool but I will probably just cover with transparent colored monokote.

Considering one orange and the other red transparent. Also considering doing one in a fancy opaque scheme. We'll see.

IMO, The glider has such cool lines that it doesn't need a complicated finish. A simple transparent would allow for natural beauty of the wood to show. Also, transparent covering would make a damage assessment easier.
Jun 25, 2018, 10:44 PM
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Second hatch is set in place.
Jun 25, 2018, 11:13 PM
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This picture gives you an idea how the hatch fits in place with the triangle stock.

Pictures worth a thousand words?
Jun 26, 2018, 09:56 PM
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Fuselages are done.

Fuselages are nearly complete. Still have to pop the hatches loose and install latch system but that can wait.

Each one weighs 2.8 oz. not bad considering I used epoxy exclusively.

I'm considering installing a strip of bass wood in the center of belly for possible light bungee/highstart. Wouldn't be a big weight penalty and it would be nice to have a anchor point just in case.

Very happy with them. Hopefully the wings will turn out as well.

I've procrastinated long enough. Wings are next.
Last edited by Slopemaster; Oct 02, 2018 at 10:44 PM.
Jun 30, 2018, 03:06 AM
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I think I found a good spot to fly the Slopemasters.

Last edited by Slopemaster; Oct 02, 2018 at 10:42 PM.
Jul 01, 2018, 10:55 PM
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1st Wing

Preparing to start the first wing.

The kit included custom cut trailing edge and leading edge stock so I'm having to fabricate my own.

1st wing I cut 1.5" TE stock to 1". Shown in pictures.

2nd wing will have thin 1" TE stock with 1/16" sheeting both top and bottom.

Why all the trouble? Cause you gotta work with what you got.

I had to break down and visit local hobby shop for first wing TE stock. Out of 8 pieces on the shelf, only 2 were acceptable.

I'm gonna have to fabricate the LE stock too.

Once I get the TE and LE fabricated, Wing construction should progress normally.
Last edited by Slopemaster; Jul 01, 2018 at 11:00 PM.
Jul 01, 2018, 11:10 PM
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On a side note, the Slopemaster would have done awesome where I was flying on Friday.
Jul 02, 2018, 10:21 PM
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Added 1/16" ply brace to TE.

Good to go, now it's time to fabricate LE stock.
Jul 02, 2018, 11:02 PM
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LE stock

Turns out that I have enough LE material for 6 wings.

The original kit supplied LE's were preshaped 3/8" x 1/2".

I went through and weighed what I had. I will use the heaviest and match weights. A couple of the lighter pieces were warped so I won't use those. But the heavier pieces are plenty straight.

The kit supplied LE's were heavier balsa stock.
Last edited by Slopemaster; Oct 02, 2018 at 10:41 PM.
Jul 17, 2018, 04:51 PM
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Build delay

I've decided to delay the Slopemaster builds for awhile.

Hard to believe, but the fall flying season is just barely two months away and I want to get my Steve Drake DS-48 ready.

The DS-48 is going to be a pretty technical build compared to other EPP gliders.

The reality is the Slopemaster builds are a fun retro balsa project that I fully intend to complete, hopefully this winter.

EPP gliders are what I actually fly out here due to the rocky LZ's. So they get priority attention.

On a bright note, the fuselages are basically done and I have all the parts ready to build the wings. I just don't want to rush the Slopemaster's.

For those of you who have been following this build thread, sorry for the delay.

Stay tuned,


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