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How did the plastic fuselage hold up to the crash? I think it is made of blown polythene so should be very resilient. Just wondering if any of the seams had split near the motor mount.
Cheers.

Was testing a north east slope (300 feet vertical cliff) by very fresh air, was blown back at launch and taken by rotor while diving forward.

The fuse coped well (made a foam nose cone out of stacks of Depron glued together, and taped which act as a bumper), wings dislodged (held in place by elastic bands), and suffered minor damage, plywood reinforcements where elastic bands apply pressure unglued).

The fuse of my P1600 is broken since two years ago (motor mount, front of fuse, rear feathers), that is why I crudely repaired it with tape and foam and use it as a pure glider on the slope, as no motor can be any longer mounted.

I fly her when conditions are risky or to test unknown slopes.

She is very relaxing to fly even in gusty conditions where her's auto stabilizing design is apparent.

She flies as well as new (cg 1 cm or more aft of marks under wings).

Cheers.

P.S.

I like her so much that I have an other kit ready to build when she will be lost or definitively broken.
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bogusbandit56
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Was testing a north east slope (300 feet vertical cliff) by very fresh air, was blown back at launch and taken by rotor while diving forward.

The fuse coped well (made a foam nose cone out of stacks of Depron glued together, and taped which act as a bumper), wings dislodged (held in place by elastic bands), and suffered minor damage, plywood reinforcements where elastic bands apply pressure unglued).

The fuse of my P1600 is broken since two years ago (motor mount, front of fuse, rear feathers), that is why I crudely repaired it with tape and foam and use it as a pure glider on the slope, as no motor can be any longer mounted.

I fly her when conditions are risky or to test unknown slopes.

She is very relaxing to fly even in gusty conditions where her's auto stabilizing design is apparent.

She flies as well as new (cg 1 cm or more aft of marks under wings).

Cheers.

P.S.

I like her so much that I have an other kit ready to build when she will be lost or definitively broken.

She has certainly been in the wars
I`m glad you can keep her flying, Luis.
Cheers,
BB56.
Wot, no Depron?
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DualDesertEagle
May I suggest swapping the "cockpit" for "canopy"? It's a little confusing to expect a scale cockpit build and then find out it's just the canopy.

And u may end up with better results if u make a mold like this here:
[ATTACH=full]52992[/ATTACH]

Then cut the top and bottom off a plastic bottle, wedge this mold and an additional piece of wood inside (so that the plastic bottle can pull itself tightly around the mold as it shrinks) and then heat it up with a hot air gun.

If it all goes right u should end up with this:
[ATTACH=full]53492[/ATTACH]


And make sure u don't make the same mistake as I did and instead leave an extension with the same footprint as the later canopy on the bottom of the mold, that way u've got plenty of spare material to get the shape just right when u cut it out.
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Lgel
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May I suggest swapping the "cockpit" for "canopy"? It's a little confusing to expect a scale cockpit build and then find out it's just the canopy.

And u may end up with better results if u make a mold like this here:
[ATTACH=full]52992[/ATTACH]


Then cut the top and bottom off a plastic bottle, wedge this mold and an additional piece of wood inside (so that the plastic bottle can pull itself tightly around the mold as it shrinks) and then heat it up with a hot air gun.

If it all goes right u should end up with this:
[ATTACH=full]53492[/ATTACH]


And make sure u don't make the same mistake as I did and instead leave an extension with the same footprint as the later canopy on the bottom of the mold, that way u've got plenty of spare material to get the shape just right when u cut it out.


You are right it is canopy, as the pic posted shows clearly sorry for the confusion caused (in some European countries we call cockpit the canopy by abuse of language).

Congratulations, your clear canopy using a plastic bottle and an heat gun, as mentioned also by jimbosflyin, just above in this same thread, is splendid, but required more work and skills (I didn't have to shape a wood form, nor did I have to buy a heat gun that I didn't own).

It is a simple and fast alternative to the folded foam canopy, it took me more time to paint it than to build it.

For my slope glider and my thermal gliders I have no need of a transparent canopy.

Cheers.

P.S.
a link to a tutorial for building transparent canopy with a plastic bottle.
Sorry it the title of the video is also misleading.
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