|Jun 05, 2002, 05:14 AM|
Flying Soarstar indoors?
I have been flying 6 months, and probably consider myself an average flyer at this stage. There is an indoor flying club nearby, and I was wondering whether I am being foolish to consider taking my Soarstar along for a flight. It seems to fly slowly and turns well, but this is all in an open field. Will the walls be too close when I get indoors?
|Jun 07, 2002, 01:44 AM|
I believe the SoarStar and Wingo are very similar. I fly my Wingo in a standard size gymnasium often. It will easily perform figure 8s in a 60 X 90 feet area. However, I have reduced the weight of my Wingo to about 12 ounces.
I replaced the motor and gearbox with a GWS DX-A and GWS 9/7 or Flying Styro 9/6 3-bladed prop. I also replaced the heavy wheel axle with a carbon fiber rod and the wheels with the largest LiteStik type (about 3 inches in diameter). Another very good weight reduction practice is using lighter batteries. I have used every thing from six Sanyo 120 NiCads, to seven 600AE NiCads, Lighter is better. My favorite is seven 300 NiMHs. With thse I can get consistant 12 minute flights with throttle management. That's a long time in a confined space.
Might I suggest that you find out the size of the indoor flying area, then see if you can fly in the same size area outdoors? It's a much easier transition to indoors, if you know the airplane is comfortable with it.
Keep in mind, also, that many indoor gatherings do not allow any motors larger than 280s. I don't remember what the SoarStar has.
Hope this helps.
|Jun 08, 2002, 04:42 PM|
Dont do it!
My advice would be to not try it,I saw it done by an experienced flyer,and he rekitted his soarstar.I tried it myself and found that a standard gym is too small.I stopped before breaking mine.
|Jun 08, 2002, 05:46 PM|
The last thing you want to do is go into a small complex and start terrorizing the other flyers with this big fast speed 400 ship (compared to the little planes they may be flying)......
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