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Old Apr 23, 2013, 05:55 PM
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Another pilot joins the sailplane ranks, congrats man!!!...will be recording video.... coming soon!
Let the Calypso battle begin, as long as you keep your Decathlon away from glider........
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Old Apr 23, 2013, 07:43 PM
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My calypso has been drafted to serve as a buddy-box training aircraft for a bunch of cadets from the Civil Air Patrol on Saturday!
I better get to the field on Friday and maiden ths bird before the kids get it.
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Old Apr 24, 2013, 11:13 AM
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My Calypso is here... Check out my Build Log
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Old Apr 24, 2013, 05:24 PM
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Flew my Calypso for the first time this morning. Used a 1500ma 3 cell battery. Balanced it on the carbon spar. I had a friend launch the first flight. After reading the problem with the stab causing the a possible nose dive I was ready to give it up elevator. I gave it about ¾ throttle and told my friend to launch. Well it flew straight with a nice climb. Got it up about 200 feet and turned off the motor. A very nice flat glide. Then after a couple minutes gave it full throttle. Climb was quite fast a steep, needed to give it a little down elevator. Did a few more climb out for a total flight time of about 16 minutes then landed.

Installed another battery a little more towards the nose and launched it my self, no problem. Again a number of climb outs and a uneventful landing. Both flights lasted about 16 minutes. I recharged both batteries one took 529 ma the other 545 ma.

Very happy the model, can’t wait for an afternoon with some thermals.
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Old Apr 24, 2013, 06:21 PM
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Old Apr 24, 2013, 09:07 PM
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Came home to find my Calypso had arrived. Took a quick peek at it and it looks pretty good. Anything I should know before I fly it?
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Old Apr 25, 2013, 07:00 AM
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When u screw the tail in make sure screw is in all the way. Had to keep turning the screw for a long time.

Make sure stab us seated right . Read above about incidence issues.
Make sure u have the flap linkages ready. The r special because of the diameter of threaded rod and the way the horn glues to the styrofoam.
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Old Apr 25, 2013, 09:15 AM
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When u screw the tail in make sure screw is in all the way. Had to keep turning the screw for a long time.

Make sure stab us seated right . Read above about incidence issues.
Make sure u have the flap linkages ready. The r special because of the diameter of threaded rod and the way the horn glues to the styrofoam.
Regarding the tail screw... I have found that I have to check it is tight, before flying for the day because (at least mine) loosens with time. So a little thread locking (the blue one, not the red) might be in order...
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Old Apr 25, 2013, 09:27 AM
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Regarding the tail screw... I have found that I have to check it is tight, before flying for the day because (at least mine) loosens with time. So a little thread locking (the blue one, not the red) might be in order...
Wow!
I am glad you mentioned that. I wouldn't imagine that the low vibration of the electric motor be enough to affect that screw.

I wanted to balance the prop. But having read the horror stories about the quality of the prop I'm afraid to unscrew it from the motor unless it gets damaged.

I have good quality Aeronaut folding props. But I will give the stock prop and motor a chance.

Finally got a chance to start putting the plane together last night. hopefully I'll finish tonight:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1879430
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Old Apr 25, 2013, 09:36 AM
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When u screw the tail in make sure screw is in all the way. Had to keep turning the screw for a long time.

Make sure stab us seated right . Read above about incidence issues.
Make sure u have the flap linkages ready. The r special because of the diameter of threaded rod and the way the horn glues to the styrofoam.
Warning again. Unsecure screw in the stab has ruined my maiden.
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Old Apr 25, 2013, 08:38 PM
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Regarding the tail screw... I have found that I have to check it is tight, before flying for the day because (at least mine) loosens with time. So a little thread locking (the blue one, not the red) might be in order...
I've noticed that with my Flyzone Select Corsair. Thanks for the replies.
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Old Apr 26, 2013, 12:23 AM
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Well... first item on the check list... check the darn screw
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Old Apr 26, 2013, 06:26 AM
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Check the elevator and rudder servos. It wouldnt hurt to put a little more glue on them to make sure they dont come off. I have had this happen before on another glider of mine and was having to hold full up elevator just to try to keep the plane level. I was barely able to land it. lol
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Old Apr 27, 2013, 10:07 AM
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Video from yesterday, nice windy day, around 10mph then it picked up to around 15-20mph (according to my weather app). This and battery dying caused a harsh landing. GoPro mounted ripped off the wing along with part of the wing, lol. No other damage.

Bolin Elementary 1080p (2 min 39 sec)
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Old Apr 27, 2013, 05:31 PM
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Maidened my calypso
Awesome.
Warning: NOT A BEGINNER plane.
The recommended throws are too much for a beginner.
Needed significant trim up with the motor off.
13 min flights using 50% of battery without even trying hard.
Hard to handle on 12+ MPH wind
Lots of fun for INTERMEDIATE pilot.
I'm glad I got this.
Spent weekend training beginners none could handle plane without a lot of help.
On the other hand the ones on the Bixler had less issues.
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