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pldaniels
05-12-2006, 04:45 PM
Hello everyone,

Just thought I'd drop a video off of my Slipso400, a speed-400 type club racer. One of these days I'll put a Hacker B20 or sorts into it - however for now it's a perfectly enjoyable club racer.

Flash media video -
http://www.pldaniels.com/flying/videos/flash/playflash.html?video=slipso400

http://www.pldaniels.com/flying/albums/slipso400-002/mpic00075.jpg

pldaniels
05-13-2006, 04:34 AM
For those of you wanting to make your own

Plans are at - http://www.pldaniels.com/flying/index.html?page=plans

Build albums are at -
http://www.pldaniels.com/flying/va.php?photoalbum=pylon400-01
http://www.pldaniels.com/flying/va.php?photoalbum=slipso400-002
http://www.pldaniels.com/flying/va.php?photoalbum=slipso400-003


I'll also be releasing this plane as part of the 40-for-40 series of kits in the near future.

Paul.

Jason T
05-13-2006, 12:58 PM
Nice looking model.

pldaniels
05-13-2006, 03:05 PM
Jason,

Thanks for that.

I'll try get some more video footage but with -sunlight- involved next time :)

Paul.

Joser
05-15-2006, 03:34 AM
Nice looking & flying model Paul! Heres what I'm working on...Like minds build fasssssstttttt planes, good job on the racer!

pldaniels
07-24-2006, 07:33 AM
Nice looking & flying model Paul! Heres what I'm working on...Like minds build fasssssstttttt planes, good job on the racer!

Joser,

That's a nice looking plane you have there. I've often considered doing the ultra-thin tailboom as well but to date the good ole slab-sided box will hold out... for now ;)

I see you also have a twin-boom pusher-cat type plane on the side there :)

I've just finished filming the Slipso400 (new one) so it shouldn't be too long before I get a much improved video out.

http://www.pldaniels.com/flying/albums/slipso400-build-05/mpic00015.jpg

Joser
07-24-2006, 11:32 PM
The slab sides are a boon to the design Paul, I did the ultra thin tail boom for looks (although the wetted area is less) but I have had to tweek it a bit as if it is not reinforced with carbon, it will oil can and break right at the tail boom. I have a new plug ready to mold, I'll post pictures soon. Let us know when you have a new video posted, it sure would love to see it. Keep up the good work, Joser.

pldaniels
07-25-2006, 12:30 AM
Joser,

Well, I still say the thin tail sure looks good :D I'd probably have put a CF arrow shaft down the tail just to give it that required stiffness (like with DLG). Definately still looks great ;)

Would love to see your moulds. I personally don't deal much with glass/resin setups due to allergy issues but I admire the work that people do with that system.

Video will be a day or so away as it takes ages to get it "right" and even then you still end up adjusting it over and over.

Paul.

pldaniels
07-26-2006, 04:34 AM
Okay, videos are UP :D

high quality flash - (360x288 @ 24fps)
http://www.pldaniels.com/flying/videos/flash/playflash.html?video=slipso400-2006-360x288

medium quality flash - (320x240 @ 15fps)
http://www.pldaniels.com/flying/videos/flash/playflash.html?video=slipso400-2006-MQ

Super high quality ogg-theroa (720x576 @ 24fps - 16MB download)
http://www.pldaniels.com/flying/playvideo.php?v=slipso400-2006-HQ&t=ogg

(if you don't have the ogg codec, you can get it at http://www.illiminable.com/ogg/ )
Enjoy!

Joser
07-26-2006, 10:59 PM
Wow!!!!! Paul, that is great! What a great flying model, not a bad video either. Where are you flying? It looks like a neighborhood park.

pldaniels
07-26-2006, 11:05 PM
Joser,

It's about a 5km drive from here, it's actually a collection of 5 cricket (the english sport) ovals joined together to make a rather large open environment. Fortunately I've already obtained permission to fly there (so long as it's not a glow plane, which suits me fine ). There's also a currently unused portion of the local airport which we're permitted to fly at too.

Incidently, I won't fly the Slipso or other "rather fast" planes there if there's anyone on the fields, simply not worth the liability risk (despite having insurance).

Paul.

pldaniels
07-28-2006, 05:54 AM
Just put up a new video of part of the build process of the Slipso400.

Specifically this is about using water-based polyurethane paint to glass the model.

http://www.pldaniels.com/flying/videos/flash/playflash.html?video=glassing-with-wbpu-360x288&pp=balsa

Jason T
07-28-2006, 11:35 AM
Very nice video! Thanks for sharing.

pldaniels
07-28-2006, 03:03 PM
Here's my first mod to the slipso since I "finished" it for its cover photos.

The ESC was getting too hot and the motor wasn't getting enough air. I added an electronics heat-sink to the ESC, bolting it on with a nylon bolt that I had spare and pushed the fins of the heatsink through the balsa canopy.

The hole in the canopy is a NACA vent but it needs to still have the bottom portion added to make it work properly.

http://www.pldaniels.com/flying/albums/slipso400-build-05/mpic00030.jpg

http://www.pldaniels.com/flying/albums/slipso400-build-05/mpic00028.jpg

http://www.pldaniels.com/flying/albums/slipso400-build-05/mpic00027.jpg

Joser
07-28-2006, 06:10 PM
Nice job Paul, and good looking out. I have seen some crazy flying in public parks and that only gives all of us a bad name. I like the Seether on your bench, Here's a shot of my Panther, a miniature version of the KingCat by BVM.

pldaniels
07-28-2006, 10:35 PM
Joser,

Nice job on that king-cat. Ultimately I suppose all of these pusher-twinboom planes are derived from something like that. I do like how it has air-intake scoops just prior to the engine.

Fortunately out here, things are very sedate with regards to local by-laws and such, definately one of the advantages of living in a slightly remote rural area.

pldaniels
07-31-2006, 02:11 AM
The Slipso400 build manual is now released...

http://pldaniels.com/flying/models/slipso400/slipso400-manual.pdf

If you have troubles downloading that, it's linked on the Slipso400 home page
http://pldaniels.com/flying/models/slipso400

pldaniels
08-15-2006, 12:30 PM
Well, there's only one slipso400 kit left (short kit) and I doubt that's going to hang around for very long.

I have another set of 8 coming in a few weeks.

Paul.

pldaniels
08-17-2006, 05:03 AM
The Slipso400 build manual has been updated again

- Added imperial measurements
- Fixed up all the images to have captions and references

http://pldaniels.com/flying/models/slipso400/slipso400-manual.pdf

Joser
09-19-2006, 02:24 AM
Hi Paul, I have seen all you have posted so far, it's awesome! I like the video of using the WBPU for glassing, heard often of it but did not know how to do it, thanks. Joser

pldaniels
09-19-2006, 02:49 AM
Joser,

Very glad to hear that you found the video "informative". I know a lot of people have heard about using WBPU but never actually known how to take the "next step" - so it's always nice to know that it's helping people.

Things are pretty busy over here at the moment, between packing up kits (Slipso, seether, QFII, EB2) and designing new ones... while also covering everything else I don't get a huge amount of time anymore to go flying... a shame too since I just picked up a nice JR X2610 (or I believe it's known as the X6210 over there).


Paul.