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Old Apr 15, 2012, 08:24 PM
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The "Fling" and any other sort of glider proclaiming to be some sort of majic bullet to get you soaring after the first few flights are just bogus. The Fling is what it is, and in the hands of a capable pilot you might be surprised.
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Old Apr 23, 2012, 11:41 AM
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Well, I got it together, it's actually not a bad look and noting what I had heard I didn't expect any impressive performance however a learning tool... stepping stone if you will. Some reading found that a smarter individual would give a couple javelin throws to trim. Sounds good....
Toss number one, very soft.... noses down..... add up trim
Toss number two, a little more effort..... too much up trim but she floated a long ways in my mind. I'm starting to feel better about this....
Toss number three, not violent but a good firm throw.... trim not bad, nice, floaty and smooth. This is going to be cool. Nice soft landing, wings level, slightly nose down....... and this.
Seems to me a weak spot created by the exit and given the nature of the build it seems the only part that might be saved is the wing itself.
I'm not thinking I'll have much luck with Great Planes on this however and if I get stuck with Hobby Services I'm totally screwed. I could, I suppose pay $50 plus shipping to have them tell me yeap, it broke but it's not our fault.
I must say I really used to be fond of GP built planes but this is now my second issue with them and as we know Hobby Services is as heartless as the day is long. I'm thinking I need to let them go.....
Oh well, back to the helis.
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Old Apr 23, 2012, 12:26 PM
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Your pictures define what the Fling is all about. JUNK. Sorry for your experience but you are not the first nor the last to learn the Fling's shortcomings.
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Old Apr 23, 2012, 12:35 PM
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Don't throw it away, you could still make a decent sloper out of it.
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Old Apr 23, 2012, 02:03 PM
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Wow, thanks for the info. I was seriously thinking of buying one. You have spared me the agony. Sorry about your bad experiences, sometimes Great Planes aren't so great.

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Old Apr 23, 2012, 04:40 PM
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It looks like the Gambler is back in production, with some improvements. I have an older version and have no complaints. The DL-50 looks interesting.
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Old Apr 24, 2012, 12:58 PM
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To Anyone Interested in DLG:

I highly recommend the Gambler, the DL-50 or the QuikFlik II.

I have experinece with all three, and they are rugged, enjoyable airplanes and will long outlast your neophyte days as a DLGer.

Yours, Greg
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Old Apr 24, 2012, 01:03 PM
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+1 I bought one, built it, tossed it a few times, and GAVE it away...

Originally Posted by Miami Mike View Post
Where are you reading these "good reviews"? The Fling really isn't a very popular DLG; the word is that it's too heavy. It should be good for launching practice though, and you'll have a chance to decide whether you want to buy something better and really get into it.

If it was me, I'd just whittle a little wood away so the elevator arm clears.
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