# Peter Sripol is at it again...

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#### Victor Bravo

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What on earth is the possible advantage of using Gorilla Glue in an airplane, in comparison to the many different advantages of epoxy, Titebond, FPL-16, or Resorcinol?

Best foam glue.

#### Speedboat100

##### Banned
Treated how? Latex paint with slow the gassing off. ? I may paint the foam and the GG glue . The glue needs it to last and stops the hardening/ browning of the GG.

I mean that foam alone will not do...at least very light foam. Strips of ply etc are needed.

#### TFF

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It’s easy to use but I don’t think it’s used like it was in RC like early 2000s. Most have returned to epoxy with the high end pattern plane foam wings. Epoxy comes out in top, but if you don’t need all the performance and you like it, ok. It’s at the bottom for me personally.

#### Dana

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Take a look at this thread; in particular the pdf linked in the first post which reports on various wing rib constructions including several different approaches to capping foam ribs.

#### PredragVasic

##### Active Member
There was some debate some time ago about the purpose of Sripol's flying designs, how they affect any future youth participation in aviation, what practical use his planes would have, why he is doing it, etc.

I think it's worthwhile to take a quick look at his channel; we could get a lot of insights into whatever influence he may have on the younger generation, as well as some answers to the questions above.

His YouTube channel was started in 2016 (so, less than five years ago). In that time, he has accumulated some 260 million individual views, with 1.7 million subscribers. His videos are about making things -- he showcases ingenuity and engineering to make all sorts of contraptions. He posts once every 3 - 4 weeks (sometimes more often). His videos are not just aviation-related. Out of several hundred, only four are actual airplanes (that he flew himself). The most viewed ones are things like an amphibious boat-car, RC flying models, etc.

#### Vigilant1

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My point is, while Scripol is one of those few very successful YouTubers, there are a few 'smaller potatoes' who produce aviation-oriented content, and who also seem to have some decent following, and can scrape a living doing what they love.
I do think Peter is good for homebuilt aviation in general. I'm some respects, he's today's equivalent of the Popular Mechanix articles (with the Aerosport Quail, etc) that I saw as a kid. They captured my interest and I still remember them today, even if I never built anything from them. Peter does refer to some of the important factors/considerations in his designs even if he doesn't provide nearly enough info for viewers to do their own analysis. I'm glad he's successful, and hope nobody gets hurt trying to do their own TLAR flying machine without due consideration for the work required to do it safely.

#### TLAR

##### Well-Known Member
Take a look at this thread; in particular the pdf linked in the first post which reports on various wing rib constructions including several different approaches to capping foam ribs.
Dana, so Sky Pup ribs are very stout huh?
Is that an acceptable method of testing?

#### Dana

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Dana, so Sky Pup ribs are very stout huh?
Is that an acceptable method of testing?
Not an acceptable method for testing a complete wing design, no, but it does give useful comparative info information about different construction techniques.

#### Tinworm

##### Member
There was some debate some time ago about the purpose of Sripol's flying designs, how they affect any future youth participation in aviation, what practical use his planes would have, why he is doing it, etc.

What I see is a typical YouTuber with a strong fan base, vast majority of them millennials and younger. If 1.7 million people are exposed to one of their own (generationally speaking), building and flying an airplane (and throughly enjoying the experience), there's a strong likelihood that many of them, who otherwise wouldn't get any exposure and shown any interest, would get involved with aviation. And if that's the end result, then in my view, he is a positive character.

It hadn't occurred to me that Sripol's fan-base would be mostly young, but if so, and if it encourages them into aviation, that is all to the good. But speaking as a naive 57 year old with a hankering to start building, what I admire about him is that he is NOT part of the establishment, so does things which others, including apparently people here, consider unconventional.

As to the "what practical use" question, my heart sank!