Author Archive for Steve Neill

16
Dec
18

Mini Slingsby Prefect progress

It’s been awhile but I found time yesterday to finish the tissue covering and now it’s ready for dope, final assembly and painting.

15
Dec
18

Got Tail?

Got the tail and the rudder all cut today. All fits good. Rudder rotates well inside the radius.I did add that carbon fiber rod Tom. Next week hogging out and glassing the inside of the fuse and then I can join it.

13
Dec
18

Big Girl

Canopy buck is roughed out. I won’t do more to it until I glass and fine tune the fuse. Next up is the vertical tail, glass the inside of the fuse after I hog out and smooth the inside of the cockpit. Man for me, this is a big girl.


12
Dec
18

Progress still…

Being stuck in after effects hell for days now working on this movie hasn’t allowed me much time for my build.

Today I managed a whole hour and a half and started framing up the canopy form. The idea here is to make the form before I glass the fuse. The form will match the size of the unglassed fuselage. Once I pull the canopy on the vacuum form machine it will match the fuse once glassed because I’ll being pulling over the form 030 PETG,.

Hard to put into exact words but I have done this before and it works.

The form here will have blue foam added tomorrow and the foam will be sanded to form, glassed, putty, primer and then I’ll make a mold. From the mold I’ll make a Ultracal 30 casting to vacuum form over.

Got my epoxy today. “The stuff dreams are made of” 

08
Dec
18

Jantar Standard 1 Glider Progress

Jantar Glider coming along

Got to do more shaping, sanding and wing filets yesterday. Hard work really but you have to align the wing filets exactly parallel  to each other. In addition to that they need to be aligned in pitch to each other. Glider wings are usually pitched to a positive angle to the fuselage so they tend to fly nose down.

It took most of the day to do just this, When all this pointing up is done on the fuse it will be glassed in fiberglass soft drape cloth and West Systems Epoxy inside and out. 

This thing is huge. On end it towers over me at nearly 8 feet long. Wing span will be 16 feet!

05
Dec
18

More Progress on the Glider

It’s a lumpy eye sore right now but after contour sanding it will be beautiful. Once that’s done CST soft drape fiberglass and Epoxy will be applies and then she gets sanded and smoothed again.

03
Dec
18

More Building progress on the Jantar Glider

Did a bunch more cutting yesterday. It’s going to take awhile to do this. Still working on client CGI effects and the Defiant so I get it in where I can.




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