Now that it's finished and test flown, I figured I'd start a thread about my Flite Test Versa
that I built as a slope glider.
Let me start by saying that this is a super easy build, and if it takes you more than an afternoon you are just slacking off (especially if you start with their laser cut kit).
I just downloaded the PDF plans, made templates and started cutting foam.
Speaking of the foam, it is made from the Dollar Tree foam board. This stuff is amazing, and (perhaps most amazingly) is made in the USA by the RL Adams Plastic company! I followed Flite Test's recommendation to coat the foamboard with oil based polyurethane prior to using it, and you definitely want to follow their advice.
As for the build? Just follow the steps shown on their build video. No need to deviate from their plans! The only changes I made were related to the fact I was making a glider, and that was only in the pod itself. The wing is totally stock.
My pod is based on their power pod design, but is positioned further forward and "boat tails" at the back for lower drag. The nose is simply a block of blue foam that I shaped down and then "hard shelled" using wood glue and toilet tissue(!).
Color is a mix of duct tape (wing leading edge) and acrylic craft paint applied with a brush (everything else). AUW is 12.1 oz / 343g. That may in fact be too light for sloping, so I'll have ballast ready to tape on if that proves to be the case.
It's been a lot of fun, and I'm sure I will be building another one to use an electric power system I have that needs a home.