Category Archives: Members Activities

Old Phoney – Part 2 the wing build

By | April 11, 2024

Like most of my designs, the Old Phoney is a combination of ideas gleaned from other designs with a handful of my own thrown in for good measure. The wing shape is a cross between Black Magic and PD Parasol but the construction is completely different. Also the ailerons are much bigger and almost full-length.… Read More »

Old Phoney – Part 3 the fuselage

By | April 11, 2024

Just as the wing was my first without span-wise sheeting – this is my first fuselage without sheet sides. But, as it turns out, there’s something rather satisfying about longerons, stringers, and all the fiddly bits in between.  And when you’re REALLY enjoying a build, anything that makes it take longer just means the pleasure… Read More »

Mediator build, part 3 – completion

By | April 11, 2024

I decided to try dyeing the balsa before covering with translucent film and chose pale pink to complement the ‘heather’ pink Solarfilm I’d bought for the underside. I should have known that pink and yellow makes orange. Will orange and pink really GO together?? Rather than use plastic hinges I thought stitching might be nice.… Read More »

David’s o/d glider build part 3

By | April 11, 2024

I um’d and ar’d over how to hinge the flaperons and eventually decide not to – to just let the film be the hinge. Multi-tasking was never my strong point so rather than try and wing-cover and hinge all in one go I decided to top-hinge the flaperons with a narrow strip of film first,… Read More »

David’s new glider design

By | April 11, 2024

Hello DSSC. I thought you might be interested to see my new slope soarer design which carries on from where I left the hobby in 1980. The repeated design/build/fly/crash, design/build/fly… cycle which dominated much of my spare time in the 70’s, culminated in this rugged 2-channel model I still have 40 years later. My new… Read More »

David’s o/d glider build part 1

By | April 11, 2024

I don’t know about you but I always like to start with the wings. Using root and tip rib templates cut from some old aluminium I made a couple of ‘rib sandwiches’ using up bits of scrap 1/16th balsa and new ply for the root ribs. It’s a method I used ‘in the old days’,… Read More »

David’s o/d glider build part 2

By | April 11, 2024

An electric palm sander is a wonderful thing! If only I’d had one in the 70’s I could have filled the whole bungalow with balsa dust rather than just my little bedroom. Oh and the wonderful smell of cellulose dope… those were the days. And mixing my own diesel fuel… I regularly bought Amyl Nitrite… Read More »