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Old Jan 21, 2013, 10:40 AM
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Thanks Joel! I was actually about to ask which videos from this website would be the ones to get, guess now I don't have to.

What about the soaring master class, anyone seen those?
You're welcome! I haven't watched the master class series yet. Still waiting to try what I learned from watching the others. I got my RP late last fall. I managed to stumble into (and out of) some lift during a few flights before the season was over, but that was it. The majority of my flights have been pretty much motoring up & gliding back down, tuning the airframe for best glide in dead air, and messing around with on-board video. Now I know that I usually turned the wrong way or flew right through the lift & out the other side. Unfortunately, we haven't had any thermalling wx since I read the book & watched the videos. There is no lift over snow-covered ground. The air is glassy-smooth - just like it is when flying over water. I'll have to wait until spring to practice what I've learned. On the up-side - the glassy air is perfect for shooting on-board video.

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Old Jan 21, 2013, 11:34 AM
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that sounds good. where can i find lizardmans setup?
http://www.radian-pro.com/spektrum-r...trum-dx8-setup

Be sure to read through it a couple times and try everything out with no prop as stated. Once you memorize what everything does, then go fly. I'm pretty sure it's based on horizons setup, but tweaked and modified to work better.
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Old Jan 21, 2013, 03:58 PM
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i was also thinking about seting it up so that my trainer button was the throttle, ive bought this to be a self launch glider not a hotliner, and wanted to use the throttle stick as flap then crow braking as you bring it back.
also with the flaps coming down ill need the elevator to kick in and stop it ballooning.
I have a DX8 and have the motor on the left stick as well as crow. The mix switch is the throttle cut and the gear switch activates crow. The RP is the first plane that I have even setup a mix for and was able to figure it out after looking at some of the other RP setups.
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Old Jan 21, 2013, 10:08 PM
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Hard to believe it's been 7mos since I've flown her! Today was a blast!

Now I know what you guys are talking about regarding the wing flex! I've always flown in the early AM but today it was early afternoon & she was flexing! Winds were a steady 3-5mph at the surface & blowing harder up at altitude. Temp was 26C/79F. But I had so much fun! Used an 1800mAh batt along with the Contour Roam & she was HEAVY! Next was the stock 1300mAh & no camera & she was soaring perfect! 28min flight.

Also decided to try Mixing RUDD with AIL..... I LOVE it!! I never thought i'd do that Mix but I really like it! Mrs. Claus got me a GoPro3 for Xmas so I'll definitely be swapping out cameras!

Another item added on the To Do List with her, get that arrow shaft for the spar!! Unfortunately the two locations in my area did NOT sell them alone, only in packs of 12!!!!
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Old Jan 21, 2013, 10:21 PM
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An arrow shaft is not the best choice for a CF wing spar. Arrow shafts have very thin walls, and they are only marginally stiffer than the stock spar. What you need is a CF rod that has walls that are about the same thickness as the stock FG spar. The arrow shaft does have a purpose, however, as the perfect replacement for the fuselage stiffener for the rear of the plane.

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Old Jan 21, 2013, 10:29 PM
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Thanks Jovanx, I knew there were a few of you that didn't use the arrow shaft in the spar, but I couldn't remember what you used???
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Old Jan 21, 2013, 11:34 PM
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This is the best present you can possibly buy for your Radian Pro. Installing it is easy, but the hard part is finding one, and paying more for shipping than for the rod itself. Not only does it stop the wings from flexing, but the plane becomes lighter. The stiffer wings also make the ailerons more effective.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 06:21 AM
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Thanks Jovanx, I knew there were a few of you that didn't use the arrow shaft in the spar, but I couldn't remember what you used???
This is a perfect fit and MUCH stiffer
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:16 AM
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here's a GoPro mounting system on a RadianPro

http://imgur.com/B8H0TVf
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:51 AM
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here's a GoPro mounting system on a RadianPro

http://imgur.com/B8H0TVf
Posted that just to see if anyone would follow the link?
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:24 AM
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Does your link pull up the exact size needed for the radian pro? thanks!
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:28 AM
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Does your link pull up the exact size needed for the radian pro? thanks!
Yes, it is a 3/8" diameter wing rod which is the equivalent to a 9.5mm size. That tube is what I am using. Lighter and MUCH stiffer than the original. Just need to trim it to length. Or you could use a piece of 3/8" drill rod for those windier days!!
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:00 AM
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Posted that just to see if anyone would follow the link?
Well, it was kind of a really late reply to this:

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Nice smoothe flight.. Do you have a pic on how did you mounted the GoPro ?
here are some stills from the footage though

http://imgur.com/a/sxYe4
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:28 AM
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They are amazing cameras and you did mount it securely
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 01:36 PM
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They are amazing cameras and you did mount it securely
Just my opinion: yes the GoPros are amazing camers - for the intended purpose which is up close video of personal action sports, but they are a poor choice for AP. The FOV is much too wide, producing images with too little detail of distant objects. Moreover the attendant spherical distortion that caused curved horizons is annoying.

I know I will get a lot of push-back on this but again, just my opinion as a long-time photographer.
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