Monday, November 22, 2004

Gert Nieuwoudt on "where next?"

Seems like most builders have disappeared in the jump to moldies. With a limited budget it IS possible to build a competitive glider in your ownworkshop. There are still a few builders around and some with lots more experience than me, like Theo Woluters and co. You will laugh if you see myworkshop. I have a bench in a space of 1.8m x 2m where I work and if I make dust I get a hiding from the wife. I have a few primitive tools and a fridge compressor for bagging. If I had more energy I would have built parts forothers as well, but I am always willing to help with the limited experience I have. There are other options as well, like buying parts. A Mantis fuz fromTerry Luckenback and a set of bagged foam wings from Phil Barns can save you some time. Pity we can not get similar deals around here.
We calculated the past weekend you can build a foam and glass 3m Bubble Dancer for less than R800, including the CNC cutting of Wings. The only difficult part is the wing spar, but hope to solve this problem with the next wing to start soon.
Willem brought a 2.5m Thermic from Art hobbie in and the quality of the kitis pretty neat. I do not think it was maidened yet, but will report back. Think the Art hobbie kits is a good choice, but the landed cost vs. what you get is debatable.


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