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  • Slingsby T-45 Swallow ~ 1/3-scale Kit by Peter Goldsmith (Build thread by JimD)

    Peter and Caroline Goldsmith attended the 2017 Cumberland Spring Soar for Fun and we were introduced to the new planes that Peter had just completed. The Czmelak tow plane and the Slingsby Swallow sailplane. We got to see these models in action again at the June Horizon Hobby Aerotow in Monticello, IL and again at the August Winamac Aerotow in Winamc, IN.

    Since getting involved with giant scale soaring in 2010, I had been looking for a kit built model that would fill the role that my Airtronics Olympic II had provided back in the 1980's. A simple and reliable sailplane that be would my "go to" sailplane for general soaring enjoyment.

    Shortly after the Spring Soar for Fun, Len told me that Peter was going to do a limited kit run of the Swallow... I knew that I had finally found my ideal giant scale sailplane!

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    Building season finally arrived and the first thing that I did was build the cockpit interior for my Aviation Concepts 1/3-scale Schwiezer 2-33. The plan was to finish the 2-33 and then start on the Swallow, but first I needed to order wing sheeting. Rather than losing momentum, I decided to just take a look at the Swallow kit and maybe just build the rudder to get a feel for how Peter designed the model. Things went so well that I moved on to the elevators...and then the stab...and then the fuselage...and then the wings!!! Oh my, this is addictive...and it builds very quick!

    Not to worry Gunny, I will be moving back to the 2-33 well before Christmas!

    Here is Caroline's Slingsby T-45 Swallow at the Horizon Hobby event in June:

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  • #2
    Here are a couple of progress photos:

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    • #3
      Having fun with the sheeting, a little patience, masking tape, and sandpaper does wonders.

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      • #4
        Christmas of what year? 🙄

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        • #5
          Alright, JimmyD! I have built my T 45 rudder! The construction looks familiar!

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          • #6
            Good Work Jim......looks like I better get a move on catching up to you and Mike.

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            • #7
              HI JIM,
              Nice looking wood joints.
              Team Horizon Hobby

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              • #8
                Time to build the ailerons and they follow a similar design to the rudder and elevators. A thin plywood skin (with laser etched rib pattern on it) has a leading edge balsa stick and ribs that glue onto it. Once the glue is set, these parts get sanded to the proper taper and then the top skin is added. Here is how I build these structures.

                First, my two must have tools, Scotch 1-1/2" masking tape and a Master Airscrew Razor Plane.

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                • #9
                  Step-by-step

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                  • #10
                    awesome thread and an awesome sailplane...saw it in Illinois and again in Indiana this past season...Caroline flies this one so well..
                    kevin

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Kevin!

                      Once the top skin is glued on, I hold it in place with pins and weights.

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                      Meantime back at the wing, the spoiler pocket was added.

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                      • #12
                        Several things about the wing that may be helpful. These ribs have doublers that should be added before building the wing panels.

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                        The bottom trailing edge sheeting needs to be shimmed up to keep it in contact with the bottom of the ribs. We used stick pins to hold the aft edge flat on the building board.

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                        The spruce spars and the spruce leading edge alignment stick need to be joined to extend out the full length of the wing panel. Making a nice long scarf joint is helpful.

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                        Then we got hit with a surprise airframe inspection!!!

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                        We distracted the inspectors by turning on the "world" TV.

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                        • #13
                          Wing leading edge is in two parts. First piece is glued onto the leading edge, then it is sanded to the contour of the ribs, then the wing sheeting is applied, then sheeting is sanded flat with the sub-leading edge, then second part of leading edge is glued on. We lightly sanded the fronts of the ribs (using the scorched edge color as a reference) to true things up before adding the first piece of leading edge balsa. The balsa strip was marked and glue applied and then clamped onto the front of the ribs.

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                          Time to start getting ready to build the other wing panel, first thing is splicing the top and bottom wing spars...we used a 2-1/4" scarf joint, clamps, and slow set epoxy to join the spars. As a way of making sure that the spars are straight, the pieces are clamped to the straight edge of our bench while the scarf joint is clamped and epoxy cures.

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                          Tail feathers and ailerons are all done except for some final sanding.

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                          Last section of fuselage bottom sheeting is nearing completion.

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                          Aileron servo trays and fuselage top access hatch parts were laminated using these handy clips from the office supply store.

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                          • #14
                            After the epoxy had cured, the spar was unclamped and lightly sanded to remove excess epoxy on the outside of the joint.

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                            The rudder tray was added to the inside of the fuselage.

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                            And the final piece of sheeting was added to the bottom of the fuselage.

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                            • #15
                              I'm coming in a little late to this party. Very nice build so far Jim. Seeing this, I've decided my next build will be a kit! I love your inspectors.
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