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Chopper01 12-27-2001 04:08 PM

Terminator HLG

I found some plans for this nice HLG at the Charles River page, it seems like a super easy glider to put together. Something to fly while I work on the Spirit. Has anyone built this thing before? If so please share your thoughts and experiences.

Check it out:


Thanks, Chopper

KevinSheen 12-27-2001 05:35 PM

Terminator HLG
I haven't built or flown one myself but have heard good things about them. I'm going to start working on an Uplink soon, it is a SAL (side-arm launch) HLG.

Do you plan on sheeting the wings with balsa or vacuum bagging them with fiberglass?

I'm working on a RES-MAXX wing right now, last night I pulled the center panel out of a vacuum bag. It was my first time sheeting with balsa instead of CF / FG. It turned out pretty good. I was a little surprised to see the epoxy pulled through the wood sheeting pores in some spots.

(BTW, most of the glider guys hang out on RCSE. Let me know if you want more info.)

good luck with the Spirit / Terminator,


Chopper01 12-28-2001 10:28 PM

Terminator HLG
I do plan on sheeting the wings, just have to wait for my wood to arrive (LHS charges 4 bucks per 1/32 sheet!) from BalsaUSA. What do you think about using a pull/pull control system with lightweight fishing line instead of the cable/tube method?

I think I found RCSE, a Yahoo message group right?

Thanks, Chopper

KevinSheen 12-29-2001 12:32 AM

Terminator HLG
You got it.

Good luck with the Terminator, let us know how it turns out.

denete 01-07-2002 06:23 AM

Terminator HLG
RCSE is not a yahoo group (although there is a yahoo group 'soaring' which is subscribed to the list and acts like a repository).

If you built the Terminator and sheet the wings, I would suggest using laminating epoxy and .75 oz glass under the balsa sheeting. The glass acts as a great sandwich material for holding the balsa to the foam and adds stiffness that the trailing edge desparately needs.

Have fun.

- David

Tom-RCU 01-07-2002 06:27 AM


I've built two Terminators (and will probably build another). Both are balsa sheeted.

Some of the things I learned and you should look out for.
1. Watch the weight. Theyare very sensitive to an extra ounce or two.
Places where you gain weight.
a. Excess adhesive for the wing skins.
b. Excess epoxy in attaching the boom to the pod.
c. Balsa selection. (Wings, pod, tail) A *gram* scale is very handy.
d. The little things like bulkheads and the plywood for attaching the wing bolts.
e. The boom. Not all arrow shafts are suitable. Paying a few $$ more for something like an Avia kite framing tube can save you some weight where it really matters.

2. I trimmed the pod down from the plans and like it better.

3. I used 3M 77 on one wing and vacuum bagged the balsa with laminating resin on the other, both work.

4. Use the smallest amount of resin you can imagine and don't skimp on the 3M 77.

For flying, trim it such that it "cruises" with no up elevator. If you have the CG forward and then fly with some up elevator, that's very stable but makes a big throw more difficult.

Keep the control throws small.

If you don't have a computer radio that can handle the differential mixing of a v-tail, I have found that you need to give it a little down when starting a turn or you will tip stall.

It's a great plane. I was sloping it today with just a breath of air and catching the occasional thermal that would drift by.


zagi_flyer 01-18-2002 06:19 PM

Terminator HLG
hi i have build one and i put it to good use. so now i am designing my own dlg with the same type of fuselage and using the kahu tail feathers. i am 15 years old and have built a bug and a gnat micro hlg.

Cadet 01-18-2002 08:04 PM

Terminator HLG
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