|Mar 04, 2014, 01:04 PM|
|Mar 10, 2014, 02:49 PM|
A little bit of a Timbo Tribute in this video.
While waiting for my Gizlite email alert, I thought it might be handy to learn the launch grip toss.
Looking at my fleet of gliders and planks it occurred to me that none of them would suffice. Closest thing is the Alula but that still won't be the same with the neck beak grip so what to do?
Grab some flat foam and knock something out. I went with the Kline Fogelman stepped airfoil using Dave Reap's Alula clone plan and built it without the beak.
Cut and glued up a triangular sandwich nose reminiscent of a Bluto and inlet it into the LE of my bird wing clone. Stuffed some electrics on top, inlet a 500 mAh battery into the nose, balanced with a couple of washers, covered the whole thing in packing tape and Voila! 202 grams later I have a .......uhhhh...something... kinda resembles an Alula-Bluto-Gizmo concoction. No attempt to copy or clone the Gizmo intended.
Some call the launch grip the Pizza Toss and others call it the Peter Pan launch. I don't know but I do want to get it down before I attempt tossing the Gizlite and flubbing it.
After a few glide tests and a short maiden this is what I got.
|Mar 10, 2014, 04:00 PM|
Ha ha. ALULA , bluto , gizmo love child the airfoil comes out weird looking
I like the fact your practicing the technique , one thing I'm good at is throwing stuff. Growing up in the country pegging rocks at anything that moved and how far robbie ( best mate) and I could peg a golf ball. Used to be able to go post to post on a football field ( 100m or 300ft). Not a bad throw
Throwing a gizmo is not easy , and I've seen it and don't it my self if you let it go to late goes straight in every time.
You look to have it down great steve just got to make sure you throw straight with the gizmo or it will slide out and flip.
Gizlites are easier , small flick like you have done in a light breeze and away they go.
I've had a few up's the last few weeks , due to naked carbon biting onto the molds a little hard so when releasing causing small delam around tail area etc. I've re-polished molds and applied new semi-perminate release and it amazing now.
I've decided to fully paint gizlites as well , due to it being a much better release and I hate hate hate up's.
Example...... As I cracked the molds , gizlite fell through the molds and rested on the bench.... Now that's a good release
I built a reject a few days ago so I could go flying Sunday RTF it was 301g and got a new gizlite DS record 122mph It was a$$ Puckering , crazy flying and the laps size is very small. Also Asto , ezza , and I where fur balling and bummed I didn't set up the iPad to film as it was the best , craziest , fast fun ball we have had. Kind of 70mph to 120mph+ wing tip to wing tip Ds racing and none of us can believe we still had 3 gizlites at the end of it. Talk about ninja thumb , brain frying flying
I run about 2mm of elevator , and it will almost turn 90' at speed. Great for lower speeds and up to about 100. But after 100 you need about .5mm elevator just breathing on the stick it changes direction.
I'm going do a mix so I have elevator rate on the throttle stick , so forward is higher and back is low Ds rate. Much easier than reaching for a switch.
It really good to fly on the high rate , crazy fun acro Ds and due to them being tossed around a bit being so light it's great to be able to easy save your self.
|Mar 11, 2014, 03:39 AM|
I love the way you launch but I can't get it right that way. I've always launched wings by grabbing them by the nose, fingers on top humb underneath, and pulling them over my head. Can't remember who showed me but it usually works well.
However, I do get some funny looks from the non glider fraternity when I launch my Beevo with its power pod this way and an electric prop at 15,000rpm.
|Mar 11, 2014, 10:05 AM|
Tim- yea the KF airfoils are weird..like a series of staggered flat plates stacked up then the LE is shaped. They work surprisingly, but are not super efficient. The packing tape on this mongrel hybrid cross breed helped smooth some of the drag out.
Mainly, I wanted that nose to practice launches with. Thanks for the encouragement. This one is very forgiving being draggy but will slide out and flip,too, If the release is tilted left or right too much.
Glad to hear you got your mold releases sorted ...tht sucks to have one stick or tear apart on the last step to get it out of the molds.
Hope it continues to go well and your molds hatch many more Gizzies and Gizlites!
That furball session sounds like it was a hoot! I would get dizzy, go blind or crash out quickly. Good onya, all!
Just woke up to a blizzard....snowed 3 inches in an hour. Yuck! Come on summer!
Batballs- sounds like a recipe for a manicure. Launching with a finger eater. But I think you most likely huck it hard first then throttle up, right?
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