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Archive for July, 2012
Posted by veritus | Jul 14, 2012 @ 09:31 PM | 1,783 Views
Rebalancing Nimbus with new battery. Battery really puts out the power but is considerably lighter than the old brick! I am moving this weekend but everything is set for flight and checks out well! I hope between moving and work schedule that I will get to fly her soon! One fly in the ointment, I ordered a new 12.5x6 Graupner Carbon prop, because this SLS originally came with one, which was destroyed in the accident years ago. The prop I have on is of similar pitch and all, but I would like the original; had to order it all the way from England, and it could take anywhere from 9 to 25 days!!! But I want everything as right as possible for the flight. Oh well, enjoy the pics! Well the prop, would you believe, got hung up in customs, but through some mild prompting and after a month and a half, I got it and mounted it on the SLS. Thanks to those of you who have been patiently following this blog, I hope to do a test flight soon. The reciever batteries are charged but the LiPo battery will wait till a day or two before....Continue Reading
Posted by veritus | Jul 08, 2012 @ 06:42 PM | 1,890 Views
Check this short video at the sailplanes video. VIDEO0005.mp4
Posted by veritus | Jul 02, 2012 @ 02:23 PM | 2,261 Views
Well, with our extreme heat here in the midsouth and my extensive travel schedule, I have not been able to fly a thing except on the Real Flight sim. As a result, I am using this time to do further refinements on the Nimbus, so when it is ready to go, there should not be any delays or surprises; OK, surprises are just that, surprises..can't plan for those. By the way, one such surprise came when I went to get my SLS battery checked at the local Hobby Shop, only to find out that a couple cells had puffed rendering it useless. I talked to Etienne Dorig at Icare Sailplanes, where I got this plane originally, and he agreed that the Turnigy nano-tech 4400mah 5S 65~130C Lipo Pack, would be a good replacement. I purchased one from Hobby King for $78.00, and Etienne informed me that it would meet or exceed the original Battery. It is amazing to me, and I show my ignorance here, how far batteries have come! This battery is about 2/3rds the size of the original, weighs less, and is probably an overall better battery! I have included some pics. As you can see, I just need to change the connectors and then the battery will be charged and balanced and ready to go! My next refinement will be to the axle of the main gear, it is slightly bent, so I will either straighten it or get a heftyer axle. I'll figure it out.