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Old Jun 05, 2002, 06:14 AM
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Flying Soarstar indoors?

Hi all

I have been flying 6 months, and probably consider myself an average flyer at this stage. There is an indoor flying club nearby, and I was wondering whether I am being foolish to consider taking my Soarstar along for a flight. It seems to fly slowly and turns well, but this is all in an open field. Will the walls be too close when I get indoors?

many thanks

Peter
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Old Jun 07, 2002, 02:44 AM
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Indoor SoarStar

Peter,

I believe the SoarStar and Wingo are very similar. I fly my Wingo in a standard size gymnasium often. It will easily perform figure 8s in a 60 X 90 feet area. However, I have reduced the weight of my Wingo to about 12 ounces.

I replaced the motor and gearbox with a GWS DX-A and GWS 9/7 or Flying Styro 9/6 3-bladed prop. I also replaced the heavy wheel axle with a carbon fiber rod and the wheels with the largest LiteStik type (about 3 inches in diameter). Another very good weight reduction practice is using lighter batteries. I have used every thing from six Sanyo 120 NiCads, to seven 600AE NiCads, Lighter is better. My favorite is seven 300 NiMHs. With thse I can get consistant 12 minute flights with throttle management. That's a long time in a confined space.

Might I suggest that you find out the size of the indoor flying area, then see if you can fly in the same size area outdoors? It's a much easier transition to indoors, if you know the airplane is comfortable with it.

Keep in mind, also, that many indoor gatherings do not allow any motors larger than 280s. I don't remember what the SoarStar has.

Hope this helps.

Happy flying.

Gary
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Old Jun 07, 2002, 10:32 AM
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At my local indoor gatherings, a guy flys a Zagi, so I think a soarstar would be fine Joe
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Old Jun 07, 2002, 08:02 PM
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Thanks - I think I'll give it a try.
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Old Jun 08, 2002, 05:42 PM
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Dont do it!

My advice would be to not try it,I saw it done by an experienced flyer,and he rekitted his soarstar.I tried it myself and found that a standard gym is too small.I stopped before breaking mine.
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Old Jun 08, 2002, 06:46 PM
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The last thing you want to do is go into a small complex and start terrorizing the other flyers with this big fast speed 400 ship (compared to the little planes they may be flying)......


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