Hello!  My name is Mark Haley.  Aviator Studio is a build log site for my Radio Controlled Sailplanes.

 

Over the years I have benefitted greatly from those who have posted information about various aspects of the hobby, and I humbly offer this website to add to that body of knowledge.

 

Even though I am not some master builder, but just a guy with a camera and a website, it has been very gratifying to receive emails from all corners of the world from those who have found the information presented here to be a help.

 

Thank you for visiting.

 

 

1986 - A Scratchbuilding Story...

As I was doing some spring cleaning the other day I came across this picture of me in 1986 holding a self-designed glider I called the "Seraphim".

I had drawn the plans, molded the fiberglass fuse and the coolest part of all?  I used balsa that we cut down in the jungle, floated down a river, dried in the attic and sawed into boards ourselves!

Now that's scratch-building!
I'm finally making some progress on the assembly of my CNC Router Parts PRO4824 CNC machine.

I have commandeered the other corner of my garage for the permanent installation of the machine.  As you can see, the basic parts of the machine are assembled.

I still have to install the motors and electronics as well as a flat work surface to hold parts during machining - I'm thinking of making a vacuum table surface for the hold-down...
I've been using a new launch method recently.

It's called a OneWinch and it is made by GessWork

I think it's a pretty cool way to launch your glider, so I did a write-up on using the OneWinch and added it to my "Tools" menu.

Check it out!
Bubble Dancer #2 sitting pretty on the lawn.

As detailed on this website, this sailplane features 100% custom construction - custom fuselage, custom tailboom, custom v-mount, hand-cut ribs, etc.  It's been quite a journey!
2014 brings a completely re-worked site featuring all the content that I was working on in 2013.

I have finished a new Bubble Dancer, this time incorporating all the lessons learned while making my first one.

The biggest alteration to my build method involves the use of a whole-wing jig of my own design.  The jig is simple to make, simple to use and best of all, allowed me to go from 1st rib down, to a completely Kevlar wrapped wing (all 5 panels) in less than 24 hours!
Updates:
  •       2016
  • Dec. 17, 2016:       I moved to a new house in October and now need to re-establish my workshop...  Hope to get back to things soon.
  •       2015
  • Aug. 8, 2015:         Added link to Norbert Roescher's e-BD build on home page.
  • June 15, 2015:       Added 1986 picture and CNC Machine update picture.
  • March 6, 2015:       Hard at work on various projects:  Digital Modelling, CNC machine assembly, Helping son make a full-size pinball machine!
  •       2014
  • Nov. 20, 2014:       Added the plans for my custom Bubble Dancer fuselage pod to the Documents page.
  • Nov. 12, 2014:       Added a new Build Summary page.
  • Nov. 9, 2014:        I've re-built BD#1 as BD#1.5 - A quick write-up:  "Bubble Dancer #1.5 - The rebuild" is posted on RC Groups...
  • Aug. 10, 2014:      Added new OneWinch page to the Tools Menu.
  • Aug. 5, 2014:       Added new Aircraft Summary page.  3 other new pages in progress - check back soon...
  • June 8, 2014:       First pictures BD #2...  Added new Covering page.
  • June 5, 2014:       Added new Wing Joiners page and finished the Fin & Rudder and H. Stabilizer write-ups.
  • April 7, 2014:       Added Documents page to Wing Jig Build menu - just a few items at present...
  • Jan. 21, 2014:     New Bubble Dancer - Wing Jig Build  Menu and submenu added.  A year's worth of new content!
  •                           13 new pages - 249 new pictures
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