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This instructable shows you how to make a walkalong glider by thermoforming a styrofoam sheet. The foam sheet used here was obtained from the Owens Co...
First print out the half wing outline twice and cut each form. Turn one of the outlines upside down and tape the two pieces of paper together at the w...
the Owens Corning Raft-R-Mate product can be found in the insulation department of most home building supply stores. Alternatively, thin (1mm) depron ...
Using a house hold iron set to a temperature suitable for acrylic, Gently heat each bend in the Raft-R-Mate material. Do not apply pressure, but wait ...
In this step the flattened foam sheet is cut according to the pattern created in step 1. There should be enough material for 2 gliders in the Raft-R-M...
In this step the lines creating the elevons are drawn on the top of the wing cutout and lines creating the airfoil are drawn on the bottom of the wing...
Step 6 involves thermoforming a twist and upward bend (also called [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dihedral_(aircraft) wing dihedral]) to each wing. Th...
In step 7, an airfoil shape is thermoformed in the wing. Here's a video of making the first bend along the line closest to the leading edge of the win...
Thermoform the elevon surfaces to the trailing edge of the wing:
If needed, flatten out the airfoil and elevon surfaces. This thermoformed model has airframe design features exagerated for clarity and needs to have ...
A paper clip is straightened out to make a forward ballast to be attached to the nose. This weight will allow adjustment of the weight and balance:
The following step involves elevon and ballast adjustments to get the glider flying slowly, smoothly and in a straight line. Initially, the ballast sh...
For general flying information, see the instructions at:How to fly the x-surfer type walkalong glider
The launch of the glider should be as close to the glider's trim speed and altitude as possible to avoid pitching the nose up (too fast) into a stall ...
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Posted:Aug 14, 2009
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