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Old Feb 07, 2016, 01:14 PM
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Motor bearings? If not, which bearing?

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The radian motor only has, shaft bearings.
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Old Feb 07, 2016, 01:28 PM
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I'm tired of the beer cooler look of foam.

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Looks good and sure is bright.
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I'm tired of the beer cooler look of foam.
Real full scale gliders often look exactly like the color of the Radian though.. So at least it is not totally unrealistic to leave it white..
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Old Feb 07, 2016, 05:43 PM
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Read 'em and weep, people, read 'em and weep... At least I am.
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Old Feb 07, 2016, 06:42 PM
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patience, the wind will give it back...
leave a note on the tree trunk... and hope for the best.
I had a plane hanging from a tree for 6 months.
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Old Feb 07, 2016, 06:48 PM
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patience, the wind will give it back...
leave a note on the tree trunk... and hope for the best.
I had a plane hanging from a tree for 6 months.
I've called the County and let them know about it, went around and brought the fire dept back with their ladder truck, but the ground is too soggy for them to drive onto and just got off the phone with a professional tree climber who's coming around tomorrow to get it down for me. I just hope that my CamOne Infinity doesn't get damaged from the frost, because I didn't have it in it's divebox. Btw...If you look at the vertical stab closely, you'll see that there's a branch in between it and the rudder, so, no wind's going to get that down...unless it's a tornado. But anywho...even us professionals, on occasion, tree's a plane or two.
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One problem with the split rudder is that it is the perfect place for a thin branch to wedge itself and keep the Radian in the tree. I have one in a tree since late august and it is still hanging by the rudder with a branch stuck in the slot formed by the split rudder.

I looked into a tree climber and he wanted about $250. I don't have any expensive fpv or camera gear so I just bought a replacement.
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One problem with the split rudder is that it is the perfect place for a thin branch to wedge itself and keep the Radian in the tree. I have one in a tree since late august and it is still hanging by the rudder with a branch stuck in the slot formed by split rudder.
Yep and just think, my rudder is modified, so it's really lodged in there, but I've been planning on buying a new fuselage and servos, because I've had this one for 5 years now.
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You could get a quadcopter and tie some fishing line to it and fly it up over the tree, then tie some heavier rope to the line, and get that over the tree, then shake the crap out of it.

If you get it on that exact branch, the plane will probably come out with the right amount of shaking. Might even be able to pull that branch down, or break it off..


Or tie a rock onto some string and throw it up there, or whip it up there by swinging the string and letting the rock go at just the right time. I got one up about 65 feet that way.. Got my Dromida VISTA out of a tree that was WAY up there.

It's worth a try anyways..
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Got my Radian down, today, or I should say, Joe, the tree climber, did. Took him a half hour just to get 15 feet up the base of the tree, that's how huge the base is. Thanks to him, I now have my plane and camera, back! And as I had guessed, the rudder was holding the plane in the tree. The only weak spot on it, in the rear, was the parts that I didn't bother reinforcing , as you can see in the photos.
The Day My Radian Landed In a Tree (17 min 29 sec)
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You could get a quadcopter and tie some fishing line to it and fly it up over the tree, then tie some heavier rope to the line, and get that over the tree, then shake the crap out of it.

If you get it on that exact branch, the plane will probably come out with the right amount of shaking. Might even be able to pull that branch down, or break it off..


Or tie a rock onto some string and throw it up there, or whip it up there by swinging the string and letting the rock go at just the right time. I got one up about 65 feet that way.. Got my Dromida VISTA out of a tree that was WAY up there.

It's worth a try anyways..
I did the weight on the string thing but no matter how much I shook that branch the plane would not let go.
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Summer thermals in February

After a wet El Nino January, Northern California has been blessed with some stunning weather recently. Yesterday I dusted off the Radian, stripped off the FPV gear, and went bare naked thermal hunting. Found four thermals, one good for a quick ride up to 1,100' AGL, which surprised me for February. At the top, I panicked briefly due to distant nature of the speck, and difficulty in judging orientation. Note the very steep dives out. Fortunately I had reinforced the tail with CF arrow shaft.

Forecast looks like more of the same all week. Woohoo!

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Old Feb 09, 2016, 05:39 AM
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Kelly,
What type of telemetry do you use?
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In this bare Radian I use Spektrum TM1000 + GPS + Vario. In my other gliders, EagleTree Vector. TM1000 range is somewhat limited, but audio vario on DX9 radio is a blast.

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