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#1 Scott and Jennifer Martin Aug 20, 2004 08:11 PM

Sagitta XC -- Worth building for general thermal soaring?
 
All:

Stan Meyers' recent post about his (rather lovely) Grand Esprit started
me thinking about building a large glider for general thermal flying.
I've been interested in the Sagitta XC since I first saw one hanging in
Hobby Town in Spanaway, Wash., in the late 1980s (I think it was
Spanaway; might have been in Tacoma). I noticed DC Hobby sells the
Sagitta XC short kit, and I wondered if it's worth building. If I had
one, would a regular bungee launcher be adequate - albeit a heavy-duty
one - or would I need to invest in a winch?

Thanks for your thoughts :-)

Scott Martin
Chandler, Ariz.


#2 George Voss Aug 20, 2004 08:11 PM

RE: Sagitta XC -- Worth building for general thermal soaring?
 
A winch will give the highest launch since you can set the line to a longer
length than a hi-start. However, you should be able to launch the Sagitta
with a heavy duty hi-start without any trouble. Personally, I recommend the
winch because if you start flying in contests, that's typically what they
use as the launch method.

For general fun-flying, the Sagitta ACT would make a great plane. gv

-----Original Message-----
From: Scott and Jennifer Martin [mailto:martindg@gte.net]
Sent: Friday, August 20, 2004 6:38 PM
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Subject: [RCSE] Sagitta XC -- Worth building for general thermal soaring?

All:

Stan Meyers' recent post about his (rather lovely) Grand Esprit started me
thinking about building a large glider for general thermal flying. I've
been interested in the Sagitta XC since I first saw one hanging in Hobby
Town in Spanaway, Wash., in the late 1980s (I think it was Spanaway; might
have been in Tacoma). I noticed DC Hobby sells the Sagitta XC short kit,
and I wondered if it's worth building. If I had one, would a regular bungee
launcher be adequate - albeit a heavy-duty one - or would I need to invest
in a winch?

Thanks for your thoughts :-)

Scott Martin
Chandler, Ariz.


#3 Art Mcnamee Aug 21, 2004 04:11 PM

RE: Sagitta XC -- Worth building for general thermal soaring?
 
Hi Scott,
I built a Saglitta XC several years ago. As I recall they were at least a 12 ft. wingspan.
For cross country flying we weighed 8 to 11 lbs and no bungy cord would tow it up.
If not going cross country racing then you can build lots lighter.
Do use the spoilers to help land.
Thermals, Art


----- Original Message -----
From: Scott and Jennifer Martin
To: soaring@airage.com
Sent: 8/20/2004 4:40:52 PM
Subject: [RCSE] Sagitta XC -- Worth building for general thermal soaring?


All:

Stan Meyers’ recent post about his (rather lovely) Grand Esprit started me thinking about building a large glider for general thermal flying. I’ve been interested in the Sagitta XC since I first saw one hanging in Hobby Town in Spanaway, Wash., in the late 1980s (I think it was Spanaway; might have been in Tacoma). I noticed DC Hobby sells the Sagitta XC short kit, and I wondered if it’s worth building. If I had one, would a regular bungee launcher be adequate – albeit a heavy-duty one – or would I need to invest in a winch?

Thanks for your thoughts J

Scott Martin
Chandler, Ariz.

#4 rdwoebke Aug 24, 2004 12:11 PM

Re: Sagitta XC -- Worth building for general thermal soaring?
 
Hello,

I have the short kit from DC. I am about 85% done with the wings.
I stopped building on it a while back to complete my Bubble Dancer.
I have not started on the fuse or tail. I am told that there is a
fiberglass fuse available that is longer/better/lighter than doing
the plan's wood fuse.

It has been a pretty cool build, so I say go for it! Be ready to
purchase a lot of wood. :-)



Ryan

--- In soaring@yahoogroups.com, "Scott and Jennifer Martin"
<martindg@g...> wrote:
> All:
>
> Stan Meyers' recent post about his (rather lovely) Grand Esprit

started
> me thinking about building a large glider for general thermal

flying.
> I've been interested in the Sagitta XC since I first saw one

hanging in
> Hobby Town in Spanaway, Wash., in the late 1980s (I think it was
> Spanaway; might have been in Tacoma). I noticed DC Hobby sells the
> Sagitta XC short kit, and I wondered if it's worth building. If I

had
> one, would a regular bungee launcher be adequate - albeit a heavy-

duty
> one - or would I need to invest in a winch?
>
> Thanks for your thoughts :-)
>
> Scott Martin
> Chandler, Ariz.


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