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Old Aug 26, 2010, 08:14 PM
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I have a Sirius 200 charger I would sell for $35 plus shipping. They are normally about $60. Mark


I recommend the Sirius charger. I use one for my Alula and any similar small battery wonders. (DLGs, ...)
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Old Aug 26, 2010, 09:48 PM
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I use the Turnigy and like it quite a bit. It's over kill for what you are looking for and may seem overly complex if that is all you ever use it for. However, if you think you are at all likely to get in anything with an electric motor (and lipo batteries) then a balance charger (like the Turnigy) is the way to go. And wow at that price (about half what I paid) it is some bang for the buck!
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Old Aug 27, 2010, 10:06 AM
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I bought a charger made by Expert Electronics that is made to charge Futaba transmitters and receiver batteries. I don't use the transmitter plug, just the one for batteries. It works great. Cost about $13 from my local hobby shop.
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Old Aug 27, 2010, 10:07 AM
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I just use the trickle charger that came with my Tx. Do most Tx chargers not include a receiver battery port?
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Old Aug 27, 2010, 12:32 PM
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Just finished my Alula

Hi everyone..... I just finished my Alula. I've flown it from the field one afternoon and got great launches using the wingtip blade. I found it difficult ( impossible ) to make tight thermal circles, it just waggles and drops (stalling?). But in clean air it glides beautifully. The balance is right on the dimples using a 4x AAA rx pack so it's not the lightest Alula out there, but I didn't use any extra weight to balance it. Now I'm looking forward to slope soaring it and trying a few small local slopes with really tight landing areas.
It really is a great model........ designing the decoration took at least as long as building it.
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Old Aug 27, 2010, 04:25 PM
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Great looking model, Tom.

The Alula may not be the best thermalling plane, but if you get a booming day it'll surprise you. I just got back from my best day at the field ever. I didn't get there until 3:00, but there were big puffy cumulus clouds all over the sky and the wind was about 5-10 mph. It was fantastic! It seemed like every time I tossed I found at least some lift.

I'll tell you what, if you see some swallows circling at a decent height (they're normally just cruising around near the ground), you're almost guaranteed to find a great thermal near them. I noticed a couple of them when I was about to toss so I decided to launch towards them. Immediately after launching I was climbing like you wouldn't believe. It was specked out not long after that. I ended up leaving the thermal because I was getting downwind and was getting so high I was afraid I'd start having orientation issues. Well, I brought it back in and caught another thermal almost as good as the first one. Who knows how long it would have flown after that, but I had to bring it back in again for the same reason as before. I'm sure the flight was at least 10 minutes long, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was 15. I've also had swallows lead me to big lift on other days.

After that I had at least one other good flight, but then it was getting to be about 4:00 and the wind was picking up and the thermals were dying down. These are the kind of days I live for. I can't wait to build my bigger DLG (waiting for the laser cut parts right now).

Dan
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Old Aug 27, 2010, 05:44 PM
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Nice bird Tom! Last Saturday, I managed to slope soar for the first time on a small ridge roughly 18 feet high in a variable breeze of 6 to 10 mph. It wasn't easy, but I was amazed at what littlle lift I needed to keep her airborne.

Dan, Congrats on your boomer day, sounds awesome. I have yet to experience a day like that, so I am still thermaless. My Alula is right at 5.5 ounces, so I believe I shouldn't much of a problem when I do manage to find one.

Preparing a MiMi DLG build as soon as my shot kit arrives.

Mark
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Old Aug 27, 2010, 06:01 PM
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Nice bird Tom! Last Saturday, I managed to slope soar for the first time on a small ridge roughly 18 feet high in a variable breeze of 6 to 10 mph. It wasn't easy, but I was amazed at what littlle lift I needed to keep her airborne.

Dan, Congrats on your boomer day, sounds awesome. I have yet to experience a day like that, so I am still thermaless. My Alula is right at 5.5 ounces, so I believe I shouldn't much of a problem when I do manage to find one.

Preparing a MiMi DLG build as soon as my shot kit arrives.

Mark
That's pretty light. I think mine is about 5.8 oz, which as far as I know is on the low side.

Another thing to remember is that all fields are not created equal for thermals. Mine is wide open and has birds soaring around all the time on good thermal days. Another plus is that it has a built-up ridge all around from construction that's going on, about the same height as yours, which helps stay aloft a little bit longer if the wind is right. I hope the construction doesn't move too fast. For now they just seem to be hauling dirt in and out of there.
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Old Aug 27, 2010, 08:07 PM
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That's pretty light. I think mine is about 5.8 oz, which as far as I know is on the low side.
Yours is definitely on the low side. To get 5.5 ounces, I've replaced the stock tail with a depron one, this keeps the nose weights to a minimum. The only trick is to keep the tail from breaking. My latest mod is 5mm thick depron with CF embeded, then partially covered with aircraft tissue skin attached with a thin coat of CA. I have two D47 servos, an Xtremelink 6 channel nano rx and a 7.4v 2s lipo. No voltage regulator as everything runs direct.

I have a field just west of a large circular mall, so next time we get an East or ESE breeze, I hope to find some lift coming off all that hot cement. Hope your construction goes slooooooooow!
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Old Aug 28, 2010, 02:52 PM
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I had another good day today. Now I'm home from college (for a week) and there's a reservoir here near Niagara Falls that makes a nice slope when the wind's coming the right way. Today it was pretty close and I had some nice flights in the slope lift. Still, the best ones were when I got some thermal activity too. I had one flight that was probably about 10 minutes long. It's hard to say when I don't time it though.

The buildings on the Canadian side of the falls a few miles away make a nice backdrop too.
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Old Aug 28, 2010, 09:37 PM
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I got that charger a year or two ago and it's been great. I use it for my NiMH pack in my Alula, NiCd from my TX and 3S lipos.

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Old Aug 28, 2010, 10:09 PM
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I have the Accucell 8 and it seems to work quite well on my lipos. It balances well and hasn't given me any problems at all, can't beat it for the price.
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Old Aug 29, 2010, 10:57 AM
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Here's my Alula. Not yet maidened though. For one, the weather is louzy, it's been raining all week. And secondly, I had to order a battery for it. The LHS didn't have one. I should have ordered one when I ordered the HiTEC Neon Radio for it, but I didn't.
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Old Aug 29, 2010, 07:49 PM
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TJ, beautiful artwork, nice Alula. Good luck on your maiden. I had to wait at least a week for the weather to clear before I could get mine in the air, so just be patient.
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Old Aug 29, 2010, 10:26 PM
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Thanks Mark. I'll have to wait two weeks. I go back to work on Tuesday afternoon and won't be back until the following Wednesday. Our club is having our first "Glider Fly In" on September 11th so I hope it's ready by then.
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