Thread: New Product Xplorer/NAN models
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Old Jun 22, 2009, 12:14 AM
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Originally Posted by pmccleave

The following information is taken from each plane's general websites.

Xplorer: Area = 75.83 dm2, Weight = 1950 G
Orca: Area = 72.28 dm2, Weight = 1960 G

I would guess both of my planes are slightly heavier than the projected weights but I am guessing the differences would be similar. The Orca definately has a little heavier wing loading unballasted. It also has a faster airfoil, that responds very well to camber. Also, the Xplorer airfoil when set neutral is slightly cambered similar to the airfoil used on the Zenith. I will try to get actual weights of my two planes to see how they compare to the projected weights.

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My v-tail Orca weights 2000g. As a comparison Aspire has 79.9dm2 and weights 2250g and has a superior floating performance. I think Aspire would float better than Orca even when ballasted to 2500g... Airfoils are different, wing planforms are different, tails are different...

I would not compare Orca to Explorer. Orca is really a quite special F3J plane with F3B-like flavour. Its speciality is very good distance flight performance at low wing loadings.
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