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ASW 15 build - 3m elctric glider
« on: February 22, 2019, 19:00:07 PM »
I wanted a winter build, with a more focus on balsa. I found a plan on Etsy for this ASW 15 glider, 1:5 scale. The plan is produced by Tom Martin in the US.
Being a sucker for punishment I decided cut all the formers myself rather than get them laser cut.
I intend to put an electric motor up front, so I can can fly both from the flat and on slope.

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Re: ASW 15 build - 3m elctric glider
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2019, 20:24:08 PM »
Hello there Triman,

A nice bit of balsa bashing going on there. Looks like a very interesting project.
I have an ASW17, 1/4 scale, which needs a repair when I eventually get around to it!

You may wish to also post on Scale Soaring UK in the Forum under the Build Thread section, as the guys on there are always interested in new builds. https://scalesoaring.co.uk

Maybe when it's finished you'll bring it down to the slope at Thurnham so we can see it in the flesh; we often get guys from Essex visiting us here in Kent, as there aren't many sloping sites in your county.

All the best.  :)
I'm not old, I've just been young for a very long time!

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Re: ASW 15 build - 3m elctric glider
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2019, 07:44:17 AM »
Hello Eric,

Thurnham will be my first choice for it's maiden. You may not remember me but I have been down before - I thought you were Jeff! I've the 3m Flamingo.

Build is going well so far, a bit addictive in fact😁

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Re: ASW 15 build - 3m elctric glider
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2019, 08:19:47 AM »
Yes, I remember you now.  :af
I'll be following your build with interest - nice to see the traditional construction.
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Re: ASW 15 build - 3m elctric glider
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2019, 18:15:15 PM »
Not sure what has happened to this thread, some of my posts seem to have gone missing!

Anyway, here is the latest progress;
Fuselage is now fully sheeted, the wing root added and filled and the first layers of glass and carbon applied.
The tail has been cut from white foam & sheeted with balsa.

The rear fuselage has 90gsm carbon fibre (Easy composites) and the front covered in 110gsm twill weave (to allow if to lay on the compound curves)

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Re: ASW 15 build - 3m elctric glider
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2019, 17:12:01 PM »
Having covered the fuselage in glass & carbon fibre, I rubbed the rough bits down and then applied a layer of West systems 410 microlight filler. This is a very fine filler powder which you add to epoxy resin.

Once hard I then did the laborious job of sanding it down, however I now have a smooth fuselage, weighing around 500g, ready to be primed and painted.

 

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