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Old Jun 22, 2012, 03:06 PM
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wanting to try DLG

Hello,

I have a bug to try a DLG. Looking through the forums it looks like the Quick Flick II looks like a good entry level plane. Any suggestions for other options? Are ailerons worth the time and trouble for a first ship?

Thanks!

Ken
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Old Jun 22, 2012, 04:19 PM
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Many other "First DLG" threads here with lots of comments!
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Old Jun 22, 2012, 04:43 PM
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If you're just looking for an inexpensive DLG to fly on afternoons in the park then it's a good option. So are the Gambler, MiMi, DL-50, Elf, and Topsky mini. If you want to attend contests I'd strongly recommend a 1.5m DLG like the Predator II, Topsky, Neos, or Katana. Lots of options available, and like bbbp says there are loads of "First DLG" threads in this forum with tons of information for a newcomer. Just do a search and you'll find several.

Welcome to the addiction!

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Old Jun 22, 2012, 04:43 PM
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I guess i should have mentioned budget and kit. I like to build and am on a budget. Does this help.

There are so many threads, and get so far off track....... well....

Lots of suggestions for $250+ planes. Well above said budget.

Ken
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Old Jun 22, 2012, 04:46 PM
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If you want to build then MiMi, Apogee, Gambler and QuickFlick are good options. DL-50 is also a kit, but it's not built up balsa. It's foam wings with glass skins that you do yourself. Apogee plans are on the charles river rc web sight and MiMi plans are available on a thread in this forum. Just search for MiMi and you'll find it. All of these fly great.

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Old Jun 22, 2012, 05:56 PM
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If you already have aileron experience on other planes, go with aileron for dlg. Practically all full size (1.5m) have flaperons. Having servos on each wing allow for flaps to camber and brake in addition to roll.

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Old Jun 22, 2012, 07:15 PM
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"fingers".
Depron dynamite is another good choice.
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Old Jun 23, 2012, 08:38 PM
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Thanks for the tips everybody. I'll do some more looking.

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Old Jun 24, 2012, 09:53 AM
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Buy used.
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Old Jun 24, 2012, 04:17 PM
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Gambler, or scratch build a Bug for nearly nothing (electronics not withstanding). I love my Bug and fly it often while the TopSky and Gambler sit at home.

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Old Jun 24, 2012, 05:56 PM
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You're going to need a lot of luck building one of these, (a DLG).

Buy used.
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Old Jun 24, 2012, 06:21 PM
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shoot me a PM and I will see what I have we can get in your hands so you can start flying.

How much building expoerience do you have?

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Old Jun 24, 2012, 10:15 PM
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How about a topsky 1 dlg. $220 airframe, it flies great, solid plane, but like any kit the build is a long time. Very complete parts though. It was my first dlg, second ever plane
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Old Jul 18, 2012, 12:37 PM
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I'm getting much more serious about this DLG thing. I've decided I would prefer ailerons as opposed to rudder & elevator. I fly ailerons on everything else so why not on a DLG.

On to plane selection.... I'm leaning towards a Great Planes "Fling". I know maybe not the best choice, but I am on a bit of a budget. I have a small RX but will need to purchase servos and battery. It gets me a 1.5 M plane with glass pod and boom (I think) and if it survives maybe later a better wing. I get to see the real thing all done up the first time around. Maybe the second ship will be a "kit" or a similar facsimile there of. I will have the option to go rudderless also and save a tad on weight. My flying spot has a small patch of low trees that I can catch a bit of lift off of if the wind is right, so, that will give me a bit of cushion to hunt for a thermal or two.... maybe??

OK, now tell me I'm wrong

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Old Jul 18, 2012, 12:58 PM
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Ken:

What someone else already mentioned: a very good first DLG is the TopSky. Find the version that suits your budget, and build it. It may be a frightening thought to build but it's just not that hard, it even comes with instructions.

The Fling DLG has a good price - but a poor reputation for weight, strength and performance. The TopSky (even the basic version) is rugged, reasonable weight and responds well to experiments in trimming and technique. In short, the TopSky is an excellent teaching airplane.

If price is really an issue, then the DL-50/Gambler/QF-II options are great! Easy builds, rugged airframes, superb fun/$$$ ratio. Many around these parts are going past three years old, and go out every flying day. And, every night! We draped LED light strings on a Gambler, for night flying.

Good luck.

Yours, Greg
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