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Thursday, November 23, 2006


About a year ago I decided an attempt at my own design moulded gliderIt was called a PATHFINDER and was a learning exercise in epoxy,composites, mould making, and flying.Not only the reward of flying your own design but independance and scale of economy make this route attractive . The PATHFINDER was born and with successes and failures along the way it was / is fairly pleasant to fly, however the desire to build something better has led to project STILLETO a more sophisticated design but still easy to accomplice with limited tools and materials.
To ensure a reasonable amount of success the airfoil is the well proven MH32 with its wide speed range , the wing plan form has a parallel centre section and tapered tips both moulded in one mould. The aim here is to prduce a set of wing moulds which can provide a 2 mtr slope/thermal ship, a 3.5 mtr thermal duration ship and by using two centre sections a 4.5 mtr cross country or light condition thermal glider.
As the building progresses I plan to post a series of photos showing the steps used, I build with the limited tools and resources available and many methods are not as per the conventional ways but work if you take care in the form preparation.
I would welcome any thoughts ,questions or constructive criticism as I progress as these gliders form part of a development to be more competitive during 2007/2008 and put the BERG club at the top.

regards Mike


Piet Rheeders said...

Thanks for the support Mike. This is what we will need to make the BERG Team tops.

Piet R

Evan Shaw said...

Comming along at a rapid rate. Nice going Mike. Keep it up! I know we won't have long to wait to see the finished product.