slope

 

  • Updated:05/09/2017

    Purchased from Gliders UK some time ago this 3 metre span sail plane had been unboxed and the bits standing in the back of the garage.  The early 2015 weather being rather inclement at present I decided that I would make some more effort to get this glider put together.  Previously I had fixed the stabiliser and rudder fitted their servos and connectors and installed servos in the wings.  Although designated ARF this model is far from that!

    You can either motorise it or make it slope only.  The white fuselage is really smooth grp and the wings are traditional balsa / ply, white film covered and the wings do pass the "squeeze" test well.  The squeeze test using thumb and forefinger tells you if it has plenty of ribs to support the balsa sheeting.  The hardware comes in various bags unmarked and the manual is non existent.  Just a parts list on a exploded plan.  Not a big issue if you have built scratch models before or had some experience of numerous ARFs.

     

  • After many years of procrastinating I'm finally building a Phase 5. Designed in 1978 this model is often considered to be Chris Foss's (CF) best slope model. It was never available as a kit so the only way to get one is to build it yourself. CF is still selling the plans if you fancy one.

    The Phase 5 plan calls for a built up wing but I'm deviating from the plan and making one from foam with a balsa skin. A snow day today meant I could make a start. CF does not specify what sections are used for the root or the tip so a bit of guesswork and internet trawling resulted in the semi-symmetrical E374 for the root, modified a little to make it thinner. The tip is fully symmetrical and is between NACA 0010 and 0011. It's actually 10.67% thick so maybe it's NACA 0010.67?

     

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    Seems just like yesterday that over a dozen of us were at the exclusive to WMAC, Gourds Farm slope for a Club Slope Soaring Day. But in fact it was 2010! Planning ahead for a sunny day in Summer with favourable winds would appear doomed. But the Weather Gods looked down on us and granted our wish for a great fun day. Included was lots of laughter and skillful combat flying.

    A Grand Day Out.  No sheep, penguins, rabbits, cheese or animations Gromit!

    The following years the Slope Day Out was planned again but never came to fruition due to poor weather, good ol' English Summers!  

    However, smaller "on the fly" trips out to this slope have been achieved and again great fun was had by all. Followed by a "debrief" over a beer at Compton Abbas Aerodrome Cafe.

    This video was created before the cameraman had access to 16:9 camcorder and small cams that would stick on to wings.

     

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