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Old Feb 06, 2016, 04:08 PM
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Today was my third day out with the snipe. Breezy and cold, just like last time but I added 38 grams of ballast and put the CG back to 64, was 62. Wow, what a difference. Launches much higher, shows lift better and carries energy from downwind to get back home way better than before. It's like a whole new bird. Looking forward to getting out again tomorrow for a little more trimming as its my last time to fly before the San Felasco contest.
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Old Feb 06, 2016, 05:42 PM
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Today was my third day out with the snipe. Breezy and cold, just like last time but I added 38 grams of ballast and put the CG back to 64, was 62. Wow, what a difference. Launches much higher, shows lift better and carries energy from downwind to get back home way better than before. It's like a whole new bird. Looking forward to getting out again tomorrow for a little more trimming as its my last time to fly before the San Felasco contest.
I like to fly my Snipe CG at 64mm as well. For me, that is just about neutral when in speed mode which is what I try to trim all my planes at.

I start putting ballast in when it starts getting over 5 mph. My rule of thumb is 5-10 mph 30g, 11-15 mph 47g, 15mph to 'oh-sh*t' is everything I got (which happens to be 58g). The gustier it is, the faster I'll put weight in.

I tend not to fly the Snipe at the 'oh-sh*t' end of the scale, I have an XXLite for that.

Steve
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Maiden Flight!

Tom Provo's Snipe Maiden Day Feb 7th 2016 (2 min 31 sec)
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North lake WA?
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Nice Tom, looks like you took right to that bird!
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Help please on a repair

Creased the horizontal stab when the ship slid sideways on landing in stiff grass. Crease is parallel to the boom, about 1/2-in. out from center. Repair suggestion? I'm thinking an overlay of carboweave on both sides fixed with thin (and carefully bloated) epoxy. Do I need to do anything with the creased foam? Stiffen it with CA?
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You can hit it with some CA, by if you have epoxy already, I would rub some of that in or use a syringe if you have access to one. Don't thin the epoxy with any additives, if anything just heat it up a bit to say, 80-85 degrees. You could go warmer, but it might kick off too fast. To avoid that use a paper plate to pour it out on, won't kick off as fast as in a cup.
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Yes. Magnuson Park.
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