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Old Jul 31, 2011, 09:36 AM
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manuLRK,

great job on the plane and the video, I may steal your simple and very effective color scheme.

nut
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Old Aug 01, 2011, 03:36 PM
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Hi,

Just to tell you this wonderful sharing experience. Got in contact with Airview via the multicopter RC-Group forums. We are living not too far from each other... same passion..., and we talked about the AlulA...
He had only 1 week to order and build his AlulA before going on vacation..., so i proposed him to get my spare AlulA (its hard to separate you from this bird)

Anyway, here the result, another happy man

manuLRK

http://www.vimeo.com/27063091
Fantastic video and I love the seagull look. Alula looks right in it's element.
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Old Aug 05, 2011, 12:50 PM
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Hi all,
Just got my Alula Evo last week and installed the 3 piece add-on kit so I can travel with this bird.
I also need to use a Hitec A9 Tx and Optima series receivers, which are not the lightest you can use on the Alula. So I thought, how can I offset the weight penalty of the add-on kit and the Optima Rx? Well, Here's what I ended up installing...

All the gear is already installed which consists of:
2x 350mah 1s cells wired in parallel to give me a 700mah 1s pack outputting 3.7v.
1x 1S voltage booster that converts the 3.7v to a constant 5.1v to the servo bus of my Rx
1x Hitec Optima 6 lite receiver.
2x HXT500's
1x lipo voltage monitor (1.8g) spliced off the lipo instead of an LVA to save weight.

AUW right now is 6.3oz which is a bit on the heavy side, but I think I can make it lighter by reducing the amount and gauge of wiring I have going to the top hatch's JST plug. I am thinking of maybe installing a switchjack on top of the pod as far forward as possible, so I can remove some of the coins I have next to the lipo now.

I did not make a hole on the skid, so sealed it with the included blenderm tape after all CG adjustments (balances right at the dimples), and have a JST male and female sticking out of the top sticker area hole. Also, I do not have any CF reinforcement of the pod nor LE at the moment, but plan to add it before I start going too crazy on launches.

I have yet to maiden it, but the Optima 6 lite's red link light and the green lipo voltage monitor's light look mighty bright and very cool to me.

Can't wait to fly this thing. I'll post pics as soon as I can.

Here's the photos for the setup and a diagram of the wiring.
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Old Aug 05, 2011, 08:49 PM
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Here's the photos for the setup and a diagram of the wiring.
Thanks a lot for the pics, I will get to build mine soon (I hope!)
I may use a single 1000 mha A123 cell if i need the nose wight anyway.
set up about like yours

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Old Aug 07, 2011, 03:26 AM
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Has anyone ordered a Alula recently? I am very interested but when I call the number listed on the website, it came back as disconnected. Sent an email but no response.

Just a little nervous about sending money.

Thanks.

Bill
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 03:37 AM
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Has anyone ordered a Alula recently?
I just ordered two. And I emailed to add a Weasel to my order. Got a prompt reply!

Dreamflight are not fly-by-nighters.

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Old Aug 07, 2011, 04:26 AM
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I just ordered two. And I emailed to add a Weasel to my order. Got a prompt reply!

Dreamflight are not fly-by-nighters.

Simon
Good to know. I'll place an order for the Alula.
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 08:24 AM
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I just received mine a couple weeks ago too.

It's an addicting bird, I find myself in a field with no wind for a good hour, just throwing it up and sailing it back down. I caught a couple of thermals by accident and kept it airborne for an extra couple of loops, but still have to learn the technique.

Heading to the coast of Maine today on vacation, so I'm hoping to get some beach-wind surfing, which is what I bought the Alula for (to give me something to do while the wife enjoys the sun on the beach).

Enjoy all!
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 01:43 PM
Bill in Sacto
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Ok order is in for a Alula. What RX do you guys use? I have a DX6i.

Thanks.

Bill
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 02:36 PM
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Bill,

I have an Orange 6ch receiver in mine, case removed. Made a spot on top of the nose to embed it, so far so good.

Bob
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 03:03 PM
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Bill,

I have an Orange 6ch receiver in mine, case removed. Made a spot on top of the nose to embed it, so far so good.

Bob
Bob,

Sorry for the newbie question but what is a Orange 6ch RX? I was looking at the AR6100E.

Thanks.

Bill
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 03:21 PM
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http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...Sat_Port_.html
this is the 6ch orange rx. i believe it's the cheap hobbyking version of the ar6100(e?).
very popular due to their low price.
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 03:42 PM
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Yes, fragje is correct. These are a cheep DSM receiver that works well close up. DO NOT put one into a model that will get away from you, because it will go out of range quickly. I use these in foamies only and have had a couple close calls, but the foamies can survive being ditched.
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 03:48 PM
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My range check on the OrangeRx went for about 1000', under some high power electric wires.

An Alula is very small at that range. Too small to fly.

Other than that limitation, it's amazing what you can get for under $10, if you care to wait for delivery, and if they're in stock.

-= Dave
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Old Aug 07, 2011, 03:59 PM
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Dave,

All my range checks have gone fine also. However, I lost control of two planes within 300 ft using them. I have one in my wing and have flown it up to 400 ft away without an issue, but I am cautious because of my two mishaps (one was a crash and the other I was able to recover by running toward the plane... slow flyer).
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