Thread: Question Oly II, Oly III or Oly IIs
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Old Sep 28, 2012, 07:07 PM
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You mentioned that this was your first build
but you didn't say how much r/c flying experience you have in general. If you are an accomplished pilot then a rudder-steering plane shouldn't be a big deal, and you will fly any OLY with ease because they fly GOOD.

Re building: Its not that hard, buy any one you like.
Always try to go for a D-tube wing if you can. Its stiffer and carries less drag.
But if you are timid to tackle a building project (sheeting panels etc) then go with the OLY 2.
Otherwise please remember that its just balsa wood (the most forgiving material in the world). Its important to build straight and true, so take your time and be patient. There's plenty of info on the skybench site and online in general, so if you're technically inclined (can measure, gauge, fit, glue, sand, cover) then just follow stepwise instructions and go for it! If you make a mistake just break it out and fix it.

Re flying: None of the OLY line carry ailerons. They all handle somewhat the same, buy the 3 flies bigger, needs a bit more room at low level and can range further.
On the airfoil, the discerning pilot will really feel and appreciate the difference, (because most RES planes handle essentially the same). The advanced airfoil is less pitch sensitive and can be gently nudged forward to gain forward speed without loosing altitude (maintaining lift by speeding up, but without much increase in drag). This means you can range out and still come home, out scoot out of sink, or re-locate across the sky confidently because the lift is "over there".
In wind you may as well just ballast up a few ounces, its more effective.
That's my piece.
If you are new to sailplanes then avoid the big one till later. It is ultimately the most effective thermaller of them, but will be too cumbersome for a beginner.
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