Follow the steps to make this simple 2m wingspan glider. i'm not a profesional builder. I hope you can use it as an inspiration.
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Step 1: Construct Base Form
Make the body by cutting balsa beams length aprox : 70 cm (27.6 in) and 4 cm (1.6 in) wide.
Note for a stronger body apply a smal beam as seen on the picture. You can use normal contact glue.
Step 2: Construction of the Wings
use two balsa boards of 2 and 1mm thickness.
The leading edge is a simple beam.
Glue the two boards on the beam.
Glue the two boards together and now you see een small wing profile.
Step 3: Wing Connection to Body
Cut out the small boards and glue two small and strong slats. ( i used an epoxy glue).choose an angle and glue it together.
Step 4: Connect Wing
Make sure you use strong glue (epoxy of hot glue)
Note : the small plastic bars are important for a stronger wing !! these bars are beeing used in kites (very cheap).
Step 5: Constructing of the V-tail
Cut the form twice and glue them together. Angle: 45 degrees
Step 6: Connection to Body
you can use normal an cheap elastics for the connection.
Step 7: Adding Wingtips
You can add wing tips. I made an angle of 30 degrees for an optimal drag and glide ratio. note : use small alu-bars so you can adjust the wingtips.
Step 8: Ora Covering
I used oracover to cover the glider. This makes the glider strong. There are several colors available.
note : Do not use a normal iron -> heat is not controlled.
Step 9: Finishing the Body
This is the glider. Note that the tip is made of foam. You can uses other materials for this.
Step 10: Construction of the Gummy Motor
I bought a prop from graupner at the local rc - shop. I glued a hook in the body wich wil hold the elastic.
Step 11: Testing !! :D
Important note : its important to balance your glider! the balance point lays at 1/3 from the leading edge.
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