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Old Jul 31, 2014, 09:37 AM
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get rid of the on/off switch... nothing but trouble waiting to happen! Just plug in when you are ready - remove battery when done..

That was the first thing I did. Put magnets on the hatch cover of the old TD fuse and did the same with the new electric version. It couldn't be easier to get access to the plugs.
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Old Aug 04, 2014, 08:48 AM
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Just crashed my Camano on take off...
Gliders tend to climb under power... Its usually a bit windy and I give a good toss under power - no problems ,, but Saturday it was very calm. I gave it a wimpy toss at tooo steep an angle , full power... it started to climb straight up but NO AirSpeed , no elevator control -- rather than do a backflip, I cut power and watched the crash. lesson to learn -- AIRSPEED>>> e123
( It's already fixed : ' ) - )e123
Tested it Sunday - Launched flat out , 50% power - reflex mode ( trailing edge flat - no camber) fly straight out gain speed and ease on power to full.. Much more control... ps new nose mods also cools better now -- was hitting 140f before now 110f - time to go up to a 12x8 from a 12x6... e123
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Old Aug 06, 2014, 01:24 AM
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I love these classic old time gliders. I'm attempting to elec'fy a Thermic - C. It's small, but now we have micro gear, etc. to fit. Anyone else converting old Thermics?
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Old Aug 18, 2014, 01:11 PM
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estimating height??

Does anyone know the guestimating formula ??
at arm length an 8ft sailplane is 1/2"(my thumbnail)-- ( assume straight up).. how high is it? Thanks Ed

ps. 100" 4lb Dodgson Camano with a 12x8 prop on Gliderdrive 960 kv motor 3 s at 30 seconds....
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Old Aug 18, 2014, 06:48 PM
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I'm not sure how to figure that out using math but enjoying a challenge I decided to bang those figures into my CAD software. Baring in mind I eyeballed the geometry onscreen so this isn't likely totally accurate, I got 864 feet (263 meters).
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 07:56 AM
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I'm not sure how to figure that out using math but enjoying a challenge I decided to bang those figures into my CAD software. Baring in mind I eyeballed the geometry onscreen so this isn't likely totally accurate, I got 864 feet (263 meters).
Sweet thanks. I was hoping it was near 200 Meters.. I now consider my 12x8 prop to be the ticket to ride with the Gliderdrive 960kv on 3s. ( in the 4lb 100" Camano) !! Just barley gets warm `` 110f motor with outside air at 85f..

Launches in reflex mode seems best, maintains nice speed and climbs well, with a smidgen of down, and occasionally more. In camber mode it just wants to climb too steep and you need to fight it with lots of down elevator, and it kills the speed.

ps - just ordered an altitude telemetry module for my DX6 g2/tm1000 .. e123
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 03:47 PM
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The altitude will be 200 (100"/0.5") x distance between eyeball & thumbnail.
I'm 5ft 11ins tall, when I extend an arm the distance from eyeball to thumbnail is 27", this would make the altitude 450ft (137meters).
For the altitude to be 864ft you'd need arms like a chimp - 4ft 4ins long.
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 04:38 PM
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I agree that formula is correct, I did a little poking around.

Just for my own sanity, I figured out what I did wrong in my CAD software. Without getting all technical... I centered my virtual thumb on the X axis which was the mistake. It should have been offset to one side like I'd done with the virtual glider. When I extended a line from the origin 0, 0 through the edge of the centered thumb (27" away) it effectively gave me just half the thumb's width (1/4") to work with. Thus my virtual glider ended up much further away. When I positioned the thumb correctly the CAD software exactly matches patmcc's formula. Thank God for that, now at least I can sleep again.

Something tells me Eddie would prefer my estimate over the correct one though
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Old Aug 20, 2014, 08:24 AM
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I liked them both , and thank you guys for the time spent.
Friday I get my altitude telemetry module ( I think I'll like that the best ) . e123
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Old Aug 22, 2014, 05:32 PM
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OK, this thread is about breathing new life into old gliders. So who is flying them in ALES contests?

And who lives within driving distance of Atlantic City.

Come on down to the ALES contest on Aug 30 and/or Aug 31. Should be fun
www.flyesl.org

I will be there. Hope you will be there too.
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Old Aug 26, 2014, 06:24 PM
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I liked them both , and thank you guys for the time spent.
Friday I get my altitude telemetry module ( I think I'll like that the best ) . e123
Yep I like altitude telemetry, best thing is - it worked when I plugged it in.(.no b.s. messing around - Spektrum DX6 g2 and tm1000..
.. The altitude I was guessing at was about 400 ft. give or take a week from my memory. I need practice getting 200 meters in 30 seconds.. not sure if I can , but its a goal. e123

Saturday update -100" Camano can get to 200meters easy in 30 seconds , & got 10min 3 seconds and landed within 9ft of target... she works...
( @ 11oz per sq ft loading , a little heavy but can slow down or go "fast" .. and cover lots of ground )eddie123
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