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Old Mar 13, 2012, 06:05 PM
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Asw 28-18

Hi folks, I know this plane from Royal-Model has been out for a while now but I have just received mine and would like to hear from anyone who has built and flown this plane, good points and if any, bad points too.
I do not think it will take much putting together as it is pretty much all done with the retractable wheel ready fitted and a nice but basic cockpit installed, just needs fitting out with servos, receiver and 2 cell lipo with regulator.
The specs are as follows.
W/S 4090mm/161 inches
Length 1505mm/59.25 inches
AUW 4kg/8.8lbs
Functions
Ailerons,
Elevator,
Rudder,
Air-brakes,
Retractable landing gear.
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Old Mar 13, 2012, 06:16 PM
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I wonder how it will compare with the alpina?

I think the AUW is 4.8kg complete looking at the website.

Nice wing section so should be good.

What's the joiner?
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Old Mar 13, 2012, 06:25 PM
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The joiner is solid steel just like the Alpina. It is really well made, can't find a blemish in the moldings.
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 08:46 PM
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I think the AUW is for the raw air frame less servos and radio. My HF 4m ASW 28 std is 12.5lbs in its light configuration with a carbon wing rod. It still flys great
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 03:02 PM
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Yep, your right about the AUW Jim, David.
I've fitted the rudder/elevator and retract servos and all are doing their thing correctly.
ASW 28-18 retract..wmv (0 min 20 sec)
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 05:36 PM
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Looks nice. Pity they dont do a big fox. Well they do, but its a measly 2m.

http://royal-model.sweb.cz/fox.htm
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 06:27 PM
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Yeh, I could fancy a bigger Fox too Jim, my wee 3m jobbie is great fun.
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 06:50 PM
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Alpina/fox/asw28. Good collection you're ammasing there... Sliding on the slippery slope.

Im looking around for a 4m fox. Been looking for a while. One will turn up in decent nick soon, that I can afford and will fit in the car.

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Old Mar 17, 2012, 03:51 AM
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The blame lies solely at your door Jim, if I hadn't of seen the your video of the FlyFly Fox I would have lived on in blissful ignorance.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 05:16 AM
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Haha you mean this one?

3m Fox by Fly-Fly Maiden Flight (3 min 14 sec)


You cant beat a big scalie. What anyone says..

This is what you really really want...

This is the one that got me hooked on the big stuff. Hangliders be afraid, be very afraid.

Pilatus B4 5m, Rhossili Down (2 min 45 sec)
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 06:02 AM
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Yep that does it for me too Jim, crackin tune too.
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Old May 29, 2012, 01:07 AM
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I would like to re-awaken this thread if possible as I have just ordered the ASW 28-18 from Royal Models and am keen to learn from those who have gone before me. In particular I would be interested in any help with radio installation and finishing the model, trimming and flying, any experiences with slope and aerotowing etc. I am also thinking of incorporating flaps in addition to the built in airbrakes and wonder of anyone has tried doing this on a moulded wing?

I will try and put up some photos and other info as I progress with my installation.
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Old May 29, 2012, 02:51 AM
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simonslim et al
I would like to re-awaken this thread if possible as I have just ordered the ASW 28-18 from Royal Models and am keen to learn from those who have gone before me. In particular I would be interested in any help with radio installation and finishing the model, trimming and flying, any experiences with slope and aerotowing etc. I am also thinking of incorporating flaps in addition to the built in airbrakes and wonder of anyone has tried doing this on a moulded wing?

I will try and put up some photos and other info as I progress with my installation.
I still have not flown mine as decent slopes for this size of plane are a bit of a hike away for me. I have fitted a tow release but have yet to get a tug at our field big enough for a 4m sailplane.
I would also consider fitting flaps but would like to see how it goes with just the spoilers first.
I have been seriously considering whether or not to fit a brushless motor to mine as I fly mine e-powered 4m Alpina every chance I get and I love the versatility the motor gives me.
Keep us posted with your progress please.
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Old May 29, 2012, 03:37 AM
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Thanks for responding so quickly and I am sorry to hear you have not been able to fly your superb looking sailplane yet. I guess I am lucky living close to several good slope soaring sites and also having the option to aero-tow at our local model field. I am hoping the ASW will be a good all rounder sailplane for both types of flying.

Perhaps a detachable power pod system would be a good option for going electric? I have used power pods with diesel and electric motors on gliders up to 2m span over the years but not on something this big. I am sure with the right motor and pack it would be a good way to get her airborne. Cheers.
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Old May 29, 2012, 06:24 AM
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Here's a clip of my 4.6kg Tangent Alpina with e-power, this is the same set-up I am considering for my ASW28. As you can see it has plenty of umph.
Alpina electric, hand launch..mp4 (3 min 45 sec)
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