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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by RC Pilot, Apr 15, 2009.
Snagged this off a friend for $25! Just needed a few tweaks and then flew great!
^Ah, the humble Slow Stick. I don't think there is a more versatile airplane out there. It's like the VW Bug of rc airplanes.
That would have been a real deal. Shoulda pounced
That it is. That one will stay simple and light for fun floating around the sky. She is running a 400 class motor with a 9x3.8 prop and is still over powered.
My other one is a bit heavier in that it has the Millennium RC X-Gear / wing mounts / servo mount / battery tray and a 450 class motor with a 11x4.7 prop. It is also light up, via leds from Valuehobby.com, for night flying.
Dorked my Dominator at lunch today!!
But it almost hit me first, then my car, so I guess it wasn't such a bad outcome. haha
Very gusty front passing through. I made a newb mistake and was flying some light 3D low and about 15' in front of me - with a head wind.
Anyway, big gust caught it while it was whirling around, and I overcompensated and shot it towards me, I dodged it, it missed me and my car. I hit the throttle hold almost the second it passed over my car. It hit the ground and not a whole lot of damage. Hitting throttle hold before impact makes a big difference in crash damage. I'll get away with new blades, main shaft, and spindle. Everything else looks good.
Lesson learned. No more low flippy-floppy flying with a direct gusty head wind!!
My Google'fu is weak, I don't know enough to know how to ask.
Need some help figuring amps/voltage and length of power.
A website with formulas will be great.
Front Voltage 3.3 @ 0.35 A ( X 2 LED"S)
Will the battery power it and ( just a good guess) for how long on full power.
3/5 an amp on a 1300 pack should theoretically run you closer to 2 hours...
The entire sail plane thing really has me interested. That is really all I have flown lately.
The only thing I have that I could call a sail plane is a Radion...seems good to me, and I do like the motor. I don't have the thermal thing down yet...but I know when I find one. Even just motoring up and gliding around for 20 minutes is nice.
My boy and I was out flying last weekend and we got ready to come in....I said one more glide and started just flying long circles all the way down, the flew in right over the wifes flowers and a perfect landing. My boy said that has to be the most peaceful thing he has ever seen
Not often you can get a 17yr old kid to sit and bull shit with the old man...it was nice.
Sometimes you wonder if you did the Dad thing right....but then out of the blue you get the idea you did something right.
Building memories right there
Get to a real slope. You'll probably never need the motor
I question my skill at that......I really like the motor. I will use it for 30sec then be up. One day I actually knew I was hitting thermals as the thing would just keep flying. I flew it for over 30 min off of that one power up to altitude.
It sure is much different type of flying, I usually do warbirds. I need to keep learning this, as it is very fun. But those discus launch and such with no motors.....I just don't know I think I could not get them up there with no motor....how do you find a thermal so fast to get lift? I usually follow the birds that are circling.
Around here, there are two main places to fly gliders. At the coast along the cliffs, and out in the desert, where it's thermal city. I think even in the desert, it's easiest to just use a high start, and leave the motor and batteries off the glider. On the coast, just toss it off the cliffs. The updrraft from the ocean winds hitting the cliff will let you fly until you get bored. You have to avoid the paragliders though.
How so? I have not used a high start, but I do know that there are few things easier than launching a motor glider
I have a small led light using a 3-up Cree XP-G2. At full tilt, it will run for a bit over 7 hours on a 4s 5000 mah lipo.
I think a 2200 was good for about 3 hours.
That's what I always did. If you choose the right one, you'll get a heavy updraft right in your face. Then all you have to do is release it and it's up, up and away. I used to fly mine around red-tailed hawks.
A slope is not convenient to many of us. My sailplane club is driving hundreds of miles to spend a weekend slope soaring. But slope soaring is a great way to get a lot of flying time without repeated launching. You could fly continually for hours if your battery pack lasted that long.
And, a high-start is a PITA unless you need the exercise. That goes for winches, too. Electric sailplanes are much easier to launch.
The Radian is a great sailplane. Many of the guys in my local sailplane club have one, along with much more expensive planes. In many cases the Radian will out-thermal the more expensive planes.
Thermaling, like anything else, takes a little practice but there are some nuances to it. Sometimes its more a matter of weather conditions and where you fly than how good you are. I know guys who can "see" thermals quite well. They'll say "launch your plane right now, in that direction". It's also like fishing. You may cast your line twenty times before you get a nibble, and that's if they're biting and you're in a good spot.
You can basically slope off of anything with the right airplane. A building, a semi truck, a small hill- it doesn't take a dedicated slope to slope.
Cross posting from quadrotor thread.
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My brother and a bunch of his R/C Racing pals worked to get their old track back in shape. The local Fox affiliate covered the races 20 years ago, here's their update;
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I think I can count on one hand the number of RC buffs I've seen that couldn't use a little walking.