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Old Jun 16, 2016, 07:06 PM
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Best DLG F3K Thermal plane?

What is currently the best thermaling DLG for F3K which is available to purchase new? Just getting started into DLG and wondering what should be my first competition class F3K ship. Left handed launcher.

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Old Jun 16, 2016, 07:14 PM
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Best is a hard question to answer since there are so many good ones available right now. That said, I'm going to recommend the Flitzebogen due to its easy flying characteristics and the fact that it has proven itself very competitive at the highest levels. Go to olgol.com to find them and the new Flitz2.

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Here is a great deal on a used one. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2684024
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Old Jun 16, 2016, 07:29 PM
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Best is a hard question to answer since there are so many good ones available right now. That said, I'm going to recommend the Flitzebogen due to its easy flying characteristics and the fact that it has proven itself very competitive at the highest levels. Go to olgol.com to find them and the new Flitz2.

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Here is a great deal on a used one. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2684024
Thank you for the link and suggestion; I forgot to mention I am left handed launcher. It's probably going to tough finding a lefty DLG; probably have to go with a new build.
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Keep your eyes open on the for sale wanted section in the sailplanes section. Left handed DLGs do show up, but converting a righty to a lefty is not a huge deal, but involve installing a new rudder, depending on which side it hinged. For a lefty, the rudder is hinged on the right side of the fin.

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Old Jun 16, 2016, 07:44 PM
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Keep your eyes open on the for sale wanted section in the sailplanes section. Left handed DLGs do show up, but converting a righty to a lefty is not a huge deal, but involve installing a new rudder, depending on which side it hinged. For a lefty, the rudder is hinged on the right side of the fin.

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Why does the hinge line have to be on the right for a left handed launcher? New to DLG and just eager to learn.
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Mike, if you haven't already, you should try to hook up with the other dlg pilots in the Las Vegas area. I'm sure they'd be glad to help.

The rudder needs to be hinged on the opposite side when using a spring/string setup, which is common these days. If the plane uses pushrods, it's not as critical.
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M, I've been going out to Red Ridge park and flying with the group out there for the last few weeks. We fly tasks and time for each other. Two of us are lefties. If you come out you'll be the third and we'll out number the righties.

There are now about a dozen DLG pilots in the Las Vegas/Henderson area. We need to get organized and start our own local contests!

Come join us I'll let you throw my plane.

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Hey Bill,

I heard you were out flying DLGs with the guys and I just so happen to see last years DLg contest on YT at El Dorado and said, I know that guy - it was you. lol.

Yea, I've hooked up with Bill H. from the LVSC and plan to start coming over to Red Ridge to check it out. I am in the process of building a Dream-Flight Lebelle; beginner DLG just to see if my shoulder will hold up. I'm always up for a flying contest; flying in one on Saturday morning at LVSC.

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Don't let that Libelle discourage you. It doesn't launch very well.
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Old Jun 16, 2016, 10:31 PM
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Mr.Wiz, 😉
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Well, if you haven't any previous hlg experience, except the Libelle:

Spend $500-600 for a used competitive model. Break it. Get another one.

or

Spend $200-300 for a used model, fly it till it breaks, then get a competive model. Servos are almost always useful.

You pay your money and take your choice.
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As one of the "righties" flying at Red Ridge park, we would be glad for the company. Now if we could get enough fliers together a contest would be great.
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Excellent advice!
Lets you focus on flying and setting up the plane, which is a mighty task with DLGs...
Second excellent advice is to team up with others. Multiplies the fun and the learning effect.

Cheers and welcome to the addiction!

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Well, if you haven't any previous hlg experience, except the Libelle:

Spend $500-600 for a used competitive model. Break it. Get another one.

or

Spend $200-300 for a used model, fly it till it breaks, then get a competive model. Servos are almost always useful.

You pay your money and take your choice.
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I will definitely be looking for a used lefty DLG; just have to see how it goes the first few months. I do have extensive experience flying slope; TD; warmliners; F5D & DS. Still doesn't mean I won't pile drive it in on a couple of launches.

Looking forward to meeting up with the locals

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Well, if you haven't any previous hlg experience, except the Libelle:

Spend $500-600 for a used competitive model. Break it. Get another one.

or

Spend $200-300 for a used model, fly it till it breaks, then get a competive model. Servos are almost always useful.

You pay your money and take your choice.
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I will definitely be looking for a used lefty DLG; just have to see how it goes the first few months. I do have extensive experience flying slope; TD; warmliners; F5D & DS. Still doesn't mean I won't pile drive it in on a couple of launches.

Looking forward to meeting up with the locals and learning lot for sure.

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Well, if you haven't any previous hlg experience, except the Libelle:

Spend $500-600 for a used competitive model. Break it. Get another one.

or

Spend $200-300 for a used model, fly it till it breaks, then get a competive model. Servos are almost always useful.

You pay your money and take your choice.
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