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Old Jul 15, 2012, 08:25 PM
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I really don't wanna break one Yeves but one must be sure his equipment won't fail during a contest.

I got my light one out this evening for a few trips around the Thermal Farm. At 9oz it feels like nothing when I throw it and hangs in the light stuff forever, I felt good grabbing threes off the trees.

Bruce
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 01:28 PM
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It smells a bit douchy over here...

I flew my standard layup Polaris for all rounds last weekend in New Mexico. It treated me very well. Launches like a mutha and floats with the best. It did take a few rounds in the wind to get a better grip on penetration (really just to get it trimmed properly). I flew it with (10.5 oz) and without (9.8 oz) ballast. She did everything I needed. Thanks guys for a great plane.

And thanks Donnie for the build advice.
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 01:48 PM
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Finchy,
Great flying last weekend! Second place is nothing to shake a stick at! How much time did you have on the model? Not much, right? That speaks volumes to how easy this plane is to fly.

It's outstanding how the MMT Team was able to get such amazing launch out of a floaty and easy to fly airplane. Those are qualities I value a lot. For example, I loved my Stobel V3 for its launch but hated its poor float and twitchy handling. I loved the Stobel V2 for its handling and float but couldnt launch it as high. The Polaris seems to have great lauch and excellent handling and float, but moves very well if you need it to with proper settings and ballast. Most DLGs are a compromise between launch and float but somehow the Polaris didn't compromise, it just took the best launching capabilities and float and handling and put them in one plane. Now I don't need different models, just tailored layups for the conditions. It's like the old Lay's potato chip motto, "Betcha can't eat just one." Once I had one Polaris, all I wanted was more Having the Polaris taking 2nd, 3rd, and 4th is awesome! That isn't noise, that is a result! Great flying to all!
Paul
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 01:56 PM
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Yeah Paul, I had maybe 15 min of air time on the plane before the contest . If I took home wood, you know it's easy to fly! You thinking about making it out to BSoUT?
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 01:59 PM
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Yeah Paul, I had maybe 15 min of air time on the plane before the contest . If I took home wood, you know it's easy to fly! You thinking about making it out to BSoUT?
Donnie and I were in the same place at BSoAZ. We had maybe an hour on our models before the contest. I maidened mine on the warmup day before the contest.

I want to make BSoUT but have a lot going on in August. I am better than 50/50 on making it out. Hope to see you out there!
Paul
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Old Jul 21, 2012, 10:15 PM
Mark Gauding
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I got my Polaris today! It looks great and can't wait to put it together!




Question for the Polaris group, has anybody installed a T blade or Seagul throwing peg in a Polaris wing? I prefer these over the standard throwing blade and was wondering if anybody has had any problems with this style of throwing blade.

Thanks!

Mark Gauding
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Old Jul 22, 2012, 08:51 AM
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Nice purse Mark:-) The MMT peg is quite comfortable and the hard point in the wing is designed to be just big enough to support it. The wing may not support the T blade and it will be a mean lady trying to channel out a slot through the hard point.

Brude
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Old Jul 22, 2012, 09:25 AM
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I'm pretty sure mike m. (like2fly) has a seagull style peg in his Polaris, so he might have some suggestions for the install. I've felt the stock blade, though, and it's very comfortable.
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Old Jul 22, 2012, 09:35 AM
Mark Gauding
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Bruce,

I am just trying to accerize and I thought the purse would work! It is European though!

I will try the blade.

Mark
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Old Jul 22, 2012, 07:07 PM
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Question for the Polaris group, has anybody installed a T blade or Seagul throwing peg in a Polaris wing? I prefer these over the standard throwing blade and was wondering if anybody has had any problems with this style of throwing blade.
Mark,
I have installed a T-blade on two Polaris and I like them a lot. The stock peg is definitely ample but I like the feel of curved blades and the added strength it gives to the tip. However, I dont like the weight it adds. Expect the T-blade installation to add perhaps 4-5gr. The stock blade install should not add more than 1.5gr. Weight at the tips is not generally a good thing for all-around performance but you get a very robust throwing peg, which I like.

I posted some info on my T-blade install here.

I also wrote up a thorough tutorial about installing them in a hollow-molded wing in my blog. The method for installing it in a solid core wing is identical except you MUST clean out all the foam in the channel and adhere the tongue of the blade directly to the inside of the skins. Use a small file or cut-down emory board to ensure there is no foam on the inside of the skins before bonding. If you simply bond the tongue to the foam you will not achieve a satisfactory installation. The foam is weaker than the skins and will pull out if glued just to the foam. The upside is that routing out a channel in a solid core (foam core) wing is much easier than a hollow-molded wing. A hollow-molded wing has a lot of splooge and reinforcements that you need to channel. A foam core wing is easier.

You must also inset the peg enough such that it is F3K legal, which means that the outermost portion of the peg must be within the half span of the wing per F3K rules.

Post here or send me a PM if you have any questions. You have in your hands one of the finest F3K gliders available! Good luck!
Cheers
Paul
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Old Jul 23, 2012, 07:41 AM
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German Open great job Mattias
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Old Jul 23, 2012, 11:26 AM
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Yeah, so how did the German Open go, Mattias? I saw in the German forums that you had a spectacular flight in the flyoffs where your plane was well below your feet level. Alex H already recounted a bit of the flight here. Great flying to you, Peter and Jonas! Congrats on your great finish!
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Paul
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Old Jul 29, 2012, 10:47 PM
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IF I were possibly going to perhaps consider maybe cutting a rudder into the pink douche Polaris, where theoretically would it be as a percent of cord? Not that I actually will.
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Old Jul 29, 2012, 10:58 PM
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After the Baster-2 rudder experience I would consider approximately 75% rearward from the leading edge. I used a rudder that was only 1.25" chord to reduce pressure blowback during launch and while it's not as efficient during normal flight it still works pretty well and does not give up much if any launch height.

Charlie
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Old Jul 29, 2012, 11:08 PM
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Mike go wash your mouth out with a bar of LAVA soap. Then go out to the garden and get me a switch from the peach tree "It better not be a fat one". Thats what my grandma would tell me when I said a bad word.
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