Expert RC Slope Soaring pilots Joe Chovan, from Syracuse NY, and Jack Cooper, from Knoxville TN.
Jack owns Leading Edge Gliders, and Joe is often a guest writer for this column.
The Leading Edge Gliders 60-inch Bell P- 63 Kingcobra kit parts after
unpacking. Building them into a strong, good-looking, and high-performance Slope Soaring sailplane is satisfying.
The Leading Edge Gliders P- 63 Kingcobra uses a Coroplast tube for improved
access to the nose weight, battery pack, and radio receiver. Inventor Ken
Hawkins explains how this works in his RCGroups P- 80 build thread.
My December 2016 column about building generated quite an enthusiastic response. Here
is more material on the topic.
We build our own models so we can
have exactly what we want in a Slope
Soaring sailplane. If you haven’t built
one yet, I encourage you to give it a go.
Chances are that you’ll be amazed at the
result, and it will pull you deeper into
The following are words from Slope
sailplane designers I have flown with:
“I want to fly a plane that I have built.
Showing up at the hill with a plane any
guy can have just doesn’t do it for me.”
“Building gives you a sense of
accomplishment that you cannot obtain
from an ARF kit. You get to build
exactly what you want, the way you
“You tear down life stresses that have
built up, and build up a project that you
can then tear down flying!
“It makes us look forward to creating
a flying model that we can be proud
of and actually fly when done! Most
hardcore designers love to build and
shape our visions into reality. Most of all,
“You’ve toiled over this thing for
hours—sometimes hundreds of hours.
You put the center of gravity where the
plans, a calculation, or your best guess
said it should be. [You] kept it as light as
you could so it has an acceptable wing
loading. [You] made all the hinges and
linkages nice and clean, applied the color
scheme that you’ve been devising or
researching for weeks, and then, finally,
the day comes.
“You stand at the
edge of the slope,
Longtime Favorite is Back
The original Dave’s Aircraft Works
(DAW) 2-meter Schweizer 1-26 is back
in production. Dave Sanders has licensed
Larry Blevins at Magnum Models to
produce the original design with the
skinny fuselage that is light enough to
float like a butterfly, agile enough to
dance like a ballerina, and tough enough
to land on asphalt or in a bush when
The DAW Schweizer 1-26 can
be built with a two-piece wing and
99 Model Aviation APRIL 2017 www.ModelAviation.com
The joy of building model
airplanes, part two
by Dave Garwood