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Old Nov 17, 2011, 05:56 PM
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Done! It came in at 9.6oz with the CG at 67mm which is my starting point. I will post more about the build process later. I should be able to get out tomorrow for the maiden. Sorry for the crappy picture.


HUGH
This looks so beautiful, can't wait to receive mine, thanks for sharing.

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Old Nov 17, 2011, 08:24 PM
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Well my maiden was uneventful, which is a GREAT thing!


Hookin up with the resident Eagle.


Steigeisen Peg (checked out Clay's and liked it)


Nathalie helped me out with the pre flight range check. I did a last once over then gave it a hand toss. The elevator was about 6 beeps off and that was it. Let the launching begin!

The first few launches were at about 30% just to see if there were any bad habits. While slowly dialing the launch preset with each launch I was increasing the intensity. I did a few dive tests and all was well in CG land(for now). After about 15 or so launches I decided to throw a hard one. The first thing I thought was "HOLY F" then I heard Nathalie say "WOW, is that thing gonna stop going up?!"... The next few throws were noticeably higher than what I was used to. It was so weird that I pulled out my Blaster 3 to do some back to back launches and yes it launches higher by a good bit.

In flight the only thing I can say right now is its slippery in the air. Having said that I had it in thermal mode(5mm down on the flaps) and it was at home just slowly moving about. I raised the flaps back up to speed mode and it was off. Very impressive. Coming in for a catch was very controlled with the flaps. I even had to back them off a little.

One last thing . I ended up taking more weight out of the plane before flying today. I moved all the wires and receiver as far forward as possible which allowed me to remove some nose weight while still maintaining a 67mm cg. From the nose back I have the Tungsten weight,battery,all extra wire on top of the battery,PLD BEC, elevator servo, and the receiver is on top of the servo/PLD BEC. All the wires from the wing and switch jack run down the right side of the fuse.

Its weird when you look in the hatch. It looks bare


As it sits it is just a bit under 9.5oz. I think I will ballast it up tomorrow. While it is nice to feel when you pick it up I was getting tossed around by the wind today. When I fly my blaster at this weight I keep it up wind because it might not come back.... The polaris had no problem cutting through the wind to come back and even passed me with ease!
I have much to learn with this plane! Will be a good time

HUGH


Sorry but I have to give My Blaster some love in this post as well.
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 08:29 PM
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 10:03 PM
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We are waiting for you, George

Hugh, I am glad you had a good maiden. Saturday, we will take both our Polaris out for a real spin
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 10:15 PM
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Congrats on the maiden Hugh. I hope you called the Long Beach Airport Tower for clearance before giving that thing a hard launch

Nice week before Thanksgiving weather , eh!

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Old Nov 18, 2011, 03:44 AM
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The first Polaris 'Standard' with multilayer UD carbon fabric in U.S.!

Hugh,

Nice to hear your maiden went well! Your installation looks like a schoolbook example, Tidy and clean. Good work! I especially like the small fillet around your peg. Thats the way to distribute loads to the hardpooint in the wing and onto the skins!

For the rest of you guys lurking here, Hugh got the latest and greatest of the evolution in DLG manufacturing and the latest version of Polaris.

His Polaris utilizes multilayer UD carbon as skin fabric. This special layup enables a super stiff wing at a low weight, e.g. Hugh's ~270 g Polaris. It will be used as our 'standard' layup for the coming year.

The stiffness enables higher throws and better control in turnaround tasks. The wing is strong enough for any thrower at AUW of 400g, 14,1 oz and above.

/Jonas Ekman
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Old Nov 18, 2011, 02:44 PM
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Hugh,

Nice to hear your maiden went well! Your installation looks like a schoolbook example, Tidy and clean. Good work! I especially like the small fillet around your peg. Thats the way to distribute loads to the hardpooint in the wing and onto the skins!

For the rest of you guys lurking here, Hugh got the latest and greatest of the evolution in DLG manufacturing and the latest version of Polaris.

His Polaris utilizes multilayer UD carbon as skin fabric. This special layup enables a super stiff wing at a low weight, e.g. Hugh's ~270 g Polaris. It will be used as our 'standard' layup for the coming year.

The stiffness enables higher throws and better control in turnaround tasks. The wing is strong enough for any thrower at AUW of 400g, 14,1 oz and above.

/Jonas Ekman
It looks great! Servos molded in on that one?
I need to talk to Bruce to see when the lite one on will arrive!
Hugh's @270g-400g would cover most conditions. Nice job MMT.

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Old Nov 18, 2011, 03:02 PM
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Congrats on the uneventful maiden, Hugh! That's how we like 'em.
That's almost what I said when I launched it, too. Probably another four letter word but close enough. lol.
Good job MMT.
Good luck with it!

Soar!
Jun

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Well my maiden was uneventful, which is a GREAT thing!


Hookin up with the resident Eagle.


Steigeisen Peg (checked out Clay's and liked it)


Nathalie helped me out with the pre flight range check. I did a last once over then gave it a hand toss. The elevator was about 6 beeps off and that was it. Let the launching begin!

The first few launches were at about 30% just to see if there were any bad habits. While slowly dialing the launch preset with each launch I was increasing the intensity. I did a few dive tests and all was well in CG land(for now). After about 15 or so launches I decided to throw a hard one. The first thing I thought was "HOLY F" then I heard Nathalie say "WOW, is that thing gonna stop going up?!"... The next few throws were noticeably higher than what I was used to. It was so weird that I pulled out my Blaster 3 to do some back to back launches and yes it launches higher by a good bit.

In flight the only thing I can say right now is its slippery in the air. Having said that I had it in thermal mode(5mm down on the flaps) and it was at home just slowly moving about. I raised the flaps back up to speed mode and it was off. Very impressive. Coming in for a catch was very controlled with the flaps. I even had to back them off a little.

One last thing . I ended up taking more weight out of the plane before flying today. I moved all the wires and receiver as far forward as possible which allowed me to remove some nose weight while still maintaining a 67mm cg. From the nose back I have the Tungsten weight,battery,all extra wire on top of the battery,PLD BEC, elevator servo, and the receiver is on top of the servo/PLD BEC. All the wires from the wing and switch jack run down the right side of the fuse.

Its weird when you look in the hatch. It looks bare


As it sits it is just a bit under 9.5oz. I think I will ballast it up tomorrow. While it is nice to feel when you pick it up I was getting tossed around by the wind today. When I fly my blaster at this weight I keep it up wind because it might not come back.... The polaris had no problem cutting through the wind to come back and even passed me with ease!
I have much to learn with this plane! Will be a good time

HUGH


Sorry but I have to give My Blaster some love in this post as well.
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Old Nov 18, 2011, 04:29 PM
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Looking for Polaris launch pegs, if you aren't using them please send them to me.
I really like them.

Eric Lanning
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Thanks!
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Old Nov 18, 2011, 08:28 PM
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Where do you buy a Polaris from ?
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Old Nov 18, 2011, 09:00 PM
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Where do you buy a Polaris from ?
got2soar, his screen name here on groups
Bruce Davidson is the man!
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Old Nov 18, 2011, 09:15 PM
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Wow, nice going there - love the pictures... and wow, I even had 3 seconds of fame there with the PLD-BAC/BEC

Someone want to send me a nice DLG
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 07:51 PM
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Polaris DLG launch (3 min 13 sec)


This is my first ever video, thought it should be of something cool.
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 07:53 PM
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http://youtu.be/VNTutKUq3Is

This is my first ever video, thought it should be of something cool.
Hey Donnie - Youtube tells me it's private - can you make it public?

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Old Nov 19, 2011, 07:55 PM
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Awww... still private
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