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Old Aug 23, 2012, 02:01 AM
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The swiss alula returns!

Hey all I got the swiss alula out on the slopes and in the feild, flies both like a dream! I don't notice a whole lot of diffrence but it floats a little more and slopes alot easier! Not to mention it looks rad! Here's some flying I know how much you guys love flying!

edit: original video is gorgeous, figuring out how to make youtube be HD for me...

Swiss alula on the slopes! (1 min 54 sec)


Swiss alula! (2 min 5 sec)


here's annother on vimeo
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 04:40 PM
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Cheers guys. Will give it a go.

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Old Aug 23, 2012, 05:27 PM
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Hey all I got the swiss alula out on the slopes and in the feild, flies both like a dream! I don't notice a whole lot of diffrence but it floats a little more and slopes alot easier! Not to mention it looks rad! Here's some flying I know how much you guys love flying!
Chambers Bay?
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 05:44 PM
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ah ha!

you know it! The light lift there was perfect for the Alula!
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 05:57 PM
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Nice. Never thought of sloping there, looks to be a decent spot.

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Old Aug 27, 2012, 11:22 PM
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blue bird BMS-306BB servos for Alula

hello all,
just found three (3) servos at the bottom of my drawer...i bought them for Alula, only to lose them (& order others), so I'll be looking to rid of them cheap...ck the classifieds in your interested.
I know this is a little off-post, so hopefully someone could put them to use.
Love my Alula & Weasel...
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Old Aug 28, 2012, 02:11 PM
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Made this video to carefully analyze my throws, see if I can get any feedback on my launch technique, and compare notes. This is my traveling Alula EVO (no launch peg). I can already see I need a bit more flexibility in my torso. I think I look a bit stiff in all the throws.

What do you think? All constructive criticism welcome

Alula Launch technique study (3 min 28 sec)
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Old Aug 28, 2012, 07:07 PM
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Looks alright to me, eosglider, but then again I've only flown my Alula for around 3 hours to date.

I pieced her together and maidened on Monday morning (my 'Sunday' haha) and was very pleased indeed. Gear list was a 900mAh 4xAAA NiMh pack, OrangeRx DSM2 chip (4g) and HK-15168's for the servos (8g each).

I started out flatland, about as big an area as two football fields side by side. There were trees to one side and ashpalt to the other, and a few shrubs in the middle with everything else clear. I didn't catch any 'boomers', not surprisingly, but I dialed in the rates and throws nicely and managed to have a few flights where I was able to noticeably catch some mild lift.

Overall I was very impressed!

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Old Aug 28, 2012, 08:51 PM
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Made this video to carefully analyze my throws, see if I can get any feedback on my launch technique, and compare notes. This is my traveling Alula EVO (no launch peg). I can already see I need a bit more flexibility in my torso. I think I look a bit stiff in all the throws.

What do you think? All constructive criticism welcome
I'm fairly new to DLG, too, but it looks pretty good to me. Maybe you could twist your body a little more. They say to think about winding up a spring. Let your hand fall back behind you while you spin, then bring it around at the same time you untwist your torso so that on the last bit, you are pushing with your legs, untwisting your torso, and bringing your arm around all at the same time, using your whole body.

Just make sure you have properly reinforced the nose, so that it doesn't break as you develop a more powerful launch.

You might want to post a new thread in this hand launch forum so that the other DLG guys see it. Most of them probably don't follow this thread, and I'm sure they would be able to give you expert advice.
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Old Aug 28, 2012, 09:12 PM
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Will a Hitec Superslim Rx fit in the Alula. If not, suggestions for a suitable size 72mhz Rx. And what to do with the long antenna? Have an Alula en route and want to have all the pieces ready.
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 01:25 PM
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eosGlider,

I found that the SAL launches get me just as much height as the full rotation discuss launches, so why work harder? The Alula is so light that I see no benefit on doing the discuss launch.

Are you seeing higher launches when you do DL's?
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 01:40 PM
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eosGlider,

I found that the SAL launches get me just as much height as the full rotation discuss launches, so why work harder? The Alula is so light that I see no benefit on doing the discuss launch.

Are you seeing higher launches when you do DL's?
It felt like I was, but now that I have gotten a couple of clues from pensioner Pete on the DLG Exercises thread, and analyzed my video again, I think you're right. I'm going to put in my OpenAltimeter in the Alula and see for sure.

I don't think it's the lightness of the Alula that prevents any benefit from a discus launch, but rather it's short wingspan. It just doesn't drag behind you as far out as a DLG, hence you can't wind your body up as well as you do with a DLG on a full rotation launch.
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 02:32 PM
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A small launch peg will probably give you more height on launch than better technique without a peg. A peg is much easier to transfer the throwing force to the plane than just pinching the wingtip.

After the peg is in, work more on the technique.

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Old Aug 29, 2012, 07:30 PM
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This is why I just assembled mine and started flying it. No paint, no fancy launches... just SAL and fly it.

At the end of the day its not a competition glider, but it'll still give you some very fun flying in the right conditions.

Worst thing is that now I'm looking at Binary's and Elf's!

Cheers - boingk
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Old Aug 29, 2012, 09:33 PM
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Know what ya mean

I can recommend the Binary III, excellent plane!

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=954711

Cheers

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This is why I just assembled mine and started flying it. No paint, no fancy launches... just SAL and fly it.

At the end of the day its not a competition glider, but it'll still give you some very fun flying in the right conditions.

Worst thing is that now I'm looking at Binary's and Elf's!

Cheers - boingk
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