These Leading Edge Gliders 60-inch Lockheed P- 80 Shooting Star Slope Soaring jets are expertly flown
for the camera by Jack Cooper and Joe Chovan during the Midwest Slope Challenge 2010 in Lucas KS.
The author flies a DAW 2-meter Schweizer 1-26 from Francis Peak, overlooking
Great Salt Lake during Soar Utah 2010. The DAW 1-26 is a terrific traveling
sailplane and is back in production.
removable horizontal stabilizer for
compact storage and transportation.
The Magnum Models version will stay
true to the original design with two
exceptions, both with Dave Sanders’
permission: carbon-fiber tube spars and
carbon-fiber fuselage stiffener.
One problem with many EPP foam
sailplane designs is that the battery
pack, receiver, and elevator servo are
mounted far forward in the fuselage for
favorable weight distribution and buried
deep under foam, tape, and covering
for impact protection. All is cool until
you need to rebind a receiver or replace
a stripped servo or worn-out battery
pack. Digging, cutting, swearing oaths,
gnashing teeth, and moans of anguish
can accompany these repairs.
Ken Hawkins, from Idaho, has
designed an ingenious solution to this
problem, which he demonstrated in an
online build thread about the Leading
Edge Gliders 60-inch P- 80 Shooting
Star. Ken fabricates Coroplast (the
corrugated plastic sheeting that real
estate signs are often made from) into a
square tube to comfortably fit a receiver
battery pack. The nose weight, battery
pack, and receiver slide into the tube
and pull out easily.
I have a Leading Edge Gliders P- 63
Kingcobra on my workbench in which
I’ve incorporated Ken’s invention.
Soon I’ll have a flight report about the
innovation—certainly no later than
the Slope Soaring events scheduled for
Here are four Slope Soaring events
for which dates had been set at the time
of this writing (January 2017). I have
attended and participated in all three of
these gatherings in years past, and I sure
will be happy to attend again.
North Coast Glider Games: May 4-7,
Midwest Slope Challenge: May 18-21,
Southern California PSS Festival: May
26-28, Cajon Pass CA
Katie Martin International Tribute
2017: June 3, Torrey Pines CA
Be sure to check the websites listed
in “Sources” for the latest information
before traveling to an event. If you
have not attended or participated in a
Slope Soaring gathering, give it a try.
Camaraderie, excitement, and happy
100 Model Aviation APRIL 2017 www.ModelAviation.com
RC SLOPE SOARING