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Old Oct 09, 2006, 10:50 AM
Foamy Season is here! MX2#1
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PIKE Electric

http://www.nesail.com/detail.php?productID=4826,

was wondering waht everyones take is on this glider, im looking at getting a HP glider some time near future.. thanks
mike
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Old Oct 09, 2006, 08:23 PM
Foamy Season is here! MX2#1
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what, no one has any info .... wow..
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Old Oct 10, 2006, 01:47 AM
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If you do a search in all sailplane (not just Electric sailplane) forums for "pike" and the user "fishdude" you will find several threads.

The general conclusion from threads in various sites is that the RCM Pelikan Pike is good. I don't have one myself but it would probably be my next electric sailplane to blend:
- low price
- thermaling ability
- wind penetration
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Old Oct 10, 2006, 03:21 AM
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Opinion from an dealer/owner of this Pike:
-fantastic soaring abilities
-very stabil in flight
-cannot do aerobatic rolls, loops yes
-can fly fast due to the carbon in the spar
-effective flaps for spot landing
-V-tail recommended over T-tail (yes there is a t-tail version too)
-he uses an axi2820/10 , 8cells GP2200, giving 6-7 climbs, putting LiPo = superfluous luxery.
-he had AUW 57 ounces.

Maybe i buy one later, Jurgen.
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Old Oct 10, 2006, 09:51 AM
Foamy Season is here! MX2#1
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that is one good looking plane!! i cant decide bewteen a few as of now,, so time will tell, being a rc junky my interest in flying style changes withthe seasons hah
mike
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Old Oct 10, 2006, 10:33 AM
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Finally, an affordable choice for Sport Sailplane (100" span limit)!
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Old Oct 10, 2006, 06:30 PM
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I've been flying one for a couple of months now and while it floats like a feather it has a nasty tendency to tip stall at the most in-opertune times. As a modeler of 56 years experience with over 33 in R/c glider design, I've handled some PIGS. The tip stall on the Pike is the worst I've coped with.
As for the advertised wing sections, its all bull!
They claim a root section MH 30. Now, This is a 7% thick PYLON RACER section and is in no way representative of the root section of my PIKE I have not figured out what it really is but will do so in the next few days. I suspect it is an MH 32 which is a much more acceptable Glider (electric sailplane) section. Also the claimed SD 7034 mid section bears no relation to the actual aircraft section (SD7034 is thicker and more cambered). It is close but not quite close to the SD 7043. The tip section of reputed RG14.5, I don't find listed on any database, but it is not too far off an RG15 (A nice moderate to fast proven section)
The tip stalling problem is a serious one and I dorked my pike yesterday because of it (fortunately without damage).
I seriously question the practice of "juggling" wing sections to achieve "aerodynamic washout" especially if you are not able to factually report the real airfoil!!!!!
Also my calculated wing area is 778.4 sq ins and not 815 as claimed.

Other than the totally nasty tip stall problem (I was beginning to doubt my flying ability after 30+years of R/C glider design and plan publication) - I like this model and will work with it to make it fly well.
Also see that "Fishdude" who reviewed the model had tip stall problems with it.

John O'Sullivan
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MACI IE 26
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Old Oct 10, 2006, 10:26 PM
Foamy Season is here! MX2#1
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thanks for the input very good info, as anyone in the hobby does im lookign around at many options!!
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Old Oct 12, 2006, 06:04 AM
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fishdude reported in one of his threads that using his hot iron to put in some wing washout fixed the tip stall problem.

See:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...ght=pike+stall
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