This is another moment of madness - a parallel build while the Kwik Fli is in progress
Again, this is documented more thoroughly on Model Flying Forum
This is my own design very curvy Slope Soarer - designed to look like a moulded model but using very traditional construction methods - and lots of planking..
The jig was described in an earlier post, so now I have started the construction. The parts were supplied by Lasercraft Services in Cumbria from DXF files that I produced using DevFus and DraftSight.
Broadly, there is a horizontal crutch with each side made from 3 laminations of 1/8 sq spruce. The crutch sits in the jig which holds it straight while the formers are added (10 off)
This photo shows a better arrangement. The backbone also comprises of 3 laminations of 1/8 sq spruce
And when the glue is dry, you can start planking. At the top (and bottom) where the fuselage curves quite a lot in cross section the planks will be quite narrow - I have cut 1/8 square balsa then bevelled one edge - always keep the second edge square and bevel the next strip to fit.
It's a very slow process as you need the glue to dry on the previous piece before you start the next. I use PVA - but as its summer and quite warm its only taking about 30 minutes before the next piece can be fitted - still quite slow - but very therapeutic