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Posted by xStatiCa | Yesterday @ 12:20 PM | 1,488 Views
This is a quick post to show the damage to my pike superior that i bought used. The rips were alrady there... They just were much smaller before it stalled and slid sideways and fell onto the wing when testing flaps on the first day of using it.

I will add a youtube video too.

Pike Superior wing damage (1 min 29 sec)

Posted by xStatiCa | Sep 15, 2015 @ 04:48 PM | 1,600 Views
This is a blog just meant to help me keep track of low-wing DLG discussions. I like the look of low-wing and have read that it can be beneficial for a low-wing design.

In progress...
Posted by xStatiCa | Sep 04, 2015 @ 09:39 AM | 1,529 Views
This is just mainly a blog so that I can keep track of rudderless DLG flying discussions and some posts that I think are worth considering before going rudderless. If any of the opinions on any potential downsides are important enough for you to not go rudderless is up to you. People have won contests with and without them.

There are a lot of listed reasons that people go rudderless or don't. I personally like the mechanical simplicity of rudderless on DLGs and feel very comfortable flying them that way even in adverse weather. My experience is still relatively new to DLG though so definitely don't go just by my good feelings about it. The only ruddered airplanes I have are a Mini-DLG and a 3 meter Pike Superior motorless sailplane. From 1992 to 2013 I only flew RC Helicopters that requires rudder of course so I am not afraid of using rudder. I would never go rudderless on an RC heli I only fly DLGs now.

Some interesting comments are in those threads.

Originally Posted by Nathan Schmoekel View Post
If my flaps are down much past 45 degrees, turning without rudder is sketchy at best.

I have a flight mode for landing that moves the flaps to about 30-
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Posted by xStatiCa | Jun 20, 2014 @ 01:07 PM | 2,357 Views
It flies! I almost forgot how much better a 1.5m flies than a 1m. I haven't flown a 1.5m in over 2 months before today.

I took it out for some trim flights before work this morning and it flew great(to my weak thermal skills anyway . It went from 281 grams to 291 grams with the repair (wing repair, horizontal mount reinforcement with some fiberglass to make sure it never falls off again, and some tape and small piece of fiberglass on the stab for a crease).

I could lose some weight (4 or 6 grams maybe) if I shorten the servo wires and put a flat 550mah battery in instead of the 1200mah round 1s turnigy LiPo. I would be able to put more of the weight right up in the tip of the nose with the flat cell being lighter.

I did a discharge curve and found out the 1200mah is not 1200mah and the Hyperion flat 550mah cell drops less voltage under load than the turnigy 1s. The 1200 does last a little longer with the loads from my DLG (maybe 180mah average). If you were to pull an average 1 amp though the Turnigy 550mah lasts longer than the 1200mah turnigy 1s. We don't pull that much current though.