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Old 03-31-2012, 07:00 PM
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Default RE: Scratch Designed/Built Sailplane

Some of you may be wondering what the heck is this guy doing using 1/2" balsa to make a glider fuselage? Well here's why I chose such thick lumber...



Most of the wood is sanded away to eventually produce a nice rounded cross-section...



This is why I love working with balsa, its a real joy to shape. (For those who might ask, that's a 4 meter Discus sailplane in the background but that's for another blog)...



Time to make a canopy. After making a paper template I slip a two liter soda bottle over the nose & make it snug with some scrap wood...



I love this part, a few passes with a heat-gun & the bottle shrink-wraps perfectly around the fuselage...



Next, using the paper template as a guide, I gut away the canopy area...



Now she's starting to look like a glider. I laminate two sheets of wood together to form the base for the canopy...



Trim to fit, a coat of paint & some scrap wood to help align the canopy in the fuselage...



Gluing the soda bottle canopy to its base...