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Old Mar 06, 2016, 03:59 AM
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DLG in Australia

For those that are interested this competition was on over the weekend.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2475302

Just out of interest, who here in Australia is into dlg flying.
I'm not just talking about a competitive flying but sport flying as well.

What obstacles do you see in the way? Expense, learning, etc.

What are people's thoughts. There just doesn't seem to be a huge following here.
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Old Mar 11, 2016, 05:22 AM
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Just kicking off myself and it's a long and hard path when there's nobody to get practical advice from on the day. So I'd say the learning process for me but I'm loving it so I'll persist.

Cost is also a factor especially when learning, these high tech gliders aren't exactly cheap or robust. I just hope I can become as competent flyer as I have a repairer.
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Old Mar 11, 2016, 05:32 AM
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I used to fly HLG in the days before DLG. I still have my Global Whippit which needs a wing repair but will fly again one day.

I recently bought one of those cheapy HK 950mm DLGs & fly it a bit when the wind is not too strong. It's carp but good fun for a while. There are a couple of guys who fly DLG at my local club occasionally but not on a regular basis.

The main downside to DLG is the cost. With the broken AUD & shipping from US or Europe a decent quality 60" model starts at $500 just for an airframe & can easily pass the $1k mark.
Add RX & Servos & you're into some big money. If I was going to spend that sort of money I'd be going for a 3m Pulsar or a big composite ship.

Horses for courses I know but the cost/fun ratio is a bit high for me.

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Old Mar 12, 2016, 05:12 AM
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I used to fly dlg a bit but have had an extended break from rc models. Just trying to get back into flying dlg models again now. I have a few planes to fly but they are either low price models or ones that I build myself. Flying with vanders tomorrow near Ipswich Qld. Looking forward to it.
If you have any skills in composites it is definitely worth trying to build models yourself, in particular wings and tails. Check out the Zone Clone thread by Tom Siler. With the information on rcgroups a dedicated builder could start with no skills and still produce decent models. Components such as fuselages can be purchased separately from many manufacturers. Doing this will help to reduce costs significantly.
It is a shame there are not more dlg model flyers out there. There is and initial cost but once you have one you only need a bit of space to fly. Running costs are very low and fun is high.
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Old Mar 12, 2016, 05:18 AM
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Costs verses fun here in Oz is a big problem to get a good DLG glider.
Poor dollar and High freight costs.

I think most of our run of the mill modelers also are not in the mood/condition to DLG launch these gliders regularly[opps-are we more unfit here in Oz---NO not really]
But we do have more older people RC flying who want to see model flying as a relaxing sport,and struggleing in a thermal low down is not high on the list.
[Ex, myself--I use a small bungy to launch my Libelle to 40m+]
But the Libelle mostly gets used for ridge soaring[more fun-less stress]

The burning hot sun in summer here is offputting as well.

I'am not into competition flying though--just fun fly gatherings of all types of model RC[2.4Ghz has made fun fly-ins easy now]

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Old Mar 12, 2016, 05:41 AM
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M I agree with you I'm afraid. The cost of a decent model is what turned me to building my own. If I flew competitions and had the expendable income I'd be spoiled for choice when choosing a model. Our dollar does not help either. If on a budget Hobbyking is about it or get lucky and buy second hand. Using a bungee is a great idea and still allows flying in relatively small fields and does not require any real fitness. Win, win. I still get a huge buzz finding and flying in thermals so flat field flying still does it for me. The sun and heat is a pain but morning and evening dlg flying is the best anyway.
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Old Mar 12, 2016, 11:57 PM
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I have been flying DGL's since that came about started with some early built up ones which blew apart quite often (you can launch a fuse a long way without its wing).

I spent nealy $1000 back in the early 2000 for a cnc vac bad model called a Raven and am still flying it so I would say that is value for money. I never fly comps as want to work thermals not leave them to crash on time.

I don't find the sun a pain as fly in the mornings on the 1st thermals of the day as find them much more fun to work.

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I have been flying DGL's since that came about started with some early built up ones which blew apart quite often (you can launch a fuse a long way without its wing).

I spent nealy $1000 back in the early 2000 for a cnc vac bad model called a Raven and am still flying it so I would say that is value for money. I never fly comps as want to work thermals not leave them to crash on time.

I don't find the sun a pain as fly in the mornings on the 1st thermals of the day as find them much more fun to work.
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Yeah I flew a mates Snipe once[he wont let me near it much-carn't understand why!!!] and its amazing how stable it is at slow flight and it just hangs in the air like a feather[even when there appears to be no lift]
But as I only DLG once in a blue moon its hard to justify that amount of money.

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Ive tried a couple of times to get parts like a fuse pod from the states to build my own frankinDLG and most guys wont send them to OZ, some wont even reply to PM's. It seems as if they have something to hide.
Im quite prepared to bag my own wings and make my own boom but I just wanted the easy way out with the small fiddly bits.
Im not going to spend mega drug money prices for something that has about $50 of meterials in it, even tho I know how much work goes into it.
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Old Mar 14, 2016, 06:39 AM
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Zipper try Pyrsly (Seba). I'm pretty sure he will sell individual components. I flew with Vanders on the weekend and he was flying the Zen from Seba. Great model and a particularly good fuselage. Very tough and I think a reasonable price.
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Old Mar 14, 2016, 06:53 AM
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Try the lost foam method for a one off fuse pod.
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Old Mar 14, 2016, 07:08 AM
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www.glidergear.com.au are the agents for CLM-Pro, their DLG range is here
http://www.clm-pro.com/fuselage-pods...to-2m-wingspan
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Thanks for the links, that should help.
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I mucked around with DLG for a while. Had Sophias, Blasters etc but one of the most FUN models I owned was an Art Hobby Hybrid. A pretty good flyer especially when the wind gets up a bit, very robust and even got thrown into a few light wind DS laps.

http://www.arthobby.com/index.php?pa...ry=31&item=258
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I took the Zen out on Thursday to test some launch settings and found a nice little bubble of lift, 212m before I chickened out, they get awfully small sometimes.
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