HobbyKing.com New Products Flash Sale
Reply
Thread Tools
Old May 03, 2012, 08:21 PM
littlephoenix's Avatar
Joined Aug 2007
611 Posts
New Product
Opteryx micro DLG balsa - NEW

Hey everyone, here is a project ive been working on for a while now, it is at its first stages and i had the time to finally test fly this little 20" DLG glider today and i must say i caught thermals by luck and she lifted over 300 feet for an amazing 30 minute flight.
Wingspan is 22" using a 100Mah single cell lipo with 2x micro 1.7gram servos and micro receiver for spektrum. here are some pictures of the Opteryx, minor changes will be made to the final version e.g stronger angled wood for the trailing edge, better placed ailerons, might sweep wing a bit forward, but over all, i had an amazing maiden flight with this little gem.
All up weight is around 1.4oz or 40 grams.

changes mentioned above have been made and she flies great. here is a link of the Opteryx
http://www.skyhighhobby.com/opteryx-...rc-glider.html

Here is the video promised, i had to edit 20 minutes of thermal flying, so yes this little guy flew for over 30 minutes.
Opteryx Micro DLG HLG Balsa RC Gliding thermal bird plane (3 min 20 sec)
littlephoenix is offline Find More Posts by littlephoenix
Last edited by littlephoenix; Jun 20, 2012 at 04:18 PM. Reason: Video is up
Reply With Quote
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Old May 03, 2012, 09:20 PM
TheyreComingToTakeMeAway!
derk's Avatar
USA, ID, Coeur D'Alene
Joined Dec 2003
5,442 Posts
cool glider, looks laser cut so will it be a kit?
derk is offline Find More Posts by derk
Reply With Quote
Old May 03, 2012, 10:12 PM
Micro Flyer, Big Poster
Pete P's Avatar
Joined Feb 2005
1,388 Posts
Yes, I must also know! Will the plans be offered, or a kit? It looks VERY nice!
Pete P is offline Find More Posts by Pete P
Reply With Quote
Old May 04, 2012, 02:24 AM
Registered User
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Joined Jul 2007
1,013 Posts
Opteryx? A prehistoric wingless bird with hairy feathers? >chuckle<
Faethor is offline Find More Posts by Faethor
Reply With Quote
Old May 04, 2012, 03:39 AM
littlephoenix's Avatar
Joined Aug 2007
611 Posts
prehistoric..yes, wingless...no
need to correct the first 3 ribs, 3mm off, draw up servo mount dimensions and more tail area perhaps using 1/16th instead of 1/8mm....video of this will be up soon....otherwise if i see interest in the kit, i can have them laser cut
littlephoenix is offline Find More Posts by littlephoenix
Reply With Quote
Old May 04, 2012, 06:04 AM
A.K.A sir Crashalot
methuso's Avatar
Östersund, SWEDEN
Joined Sep 2005
896 Posts
Being newly bit by the dlg-bug this is very interesting.
Kit: yes. Plans: also yes
methuso is offline Find More Posts by methuso
Reply With Quote
Old May 14, 2012, 04:00 AM
Registered User
United Kingdom
Joined Feb 2012
189 Posts
looks great. i would be interested in a kit or part kit for it.
paul_mccaughey is offline Find More Posts by paul_mccaughey
Reply With Quote
Old May 15, 2012, 08:36 PM
4000 posts?!
micro_builder's Avatar
United States, TX, Fort Worth
Joined Jan 2005
4,034 Posts
Wow, how did I miss this one? Nice design, the fuselage has a very nice shape to it. Is there any significant tail wag during launch with the smaller vertical stabilizer?

Kit or plans would be great

Nick
micro_builder is offline Find More Posts by micro_builder
Reply With Quote
Old May 16, 2012, 03:25 PM
littlephoenix's Avatar
Joined Aug 2007
611 Posts
Thanks guys, i have actually made minor modifications to the Opteryx, made nose a bit shorter as i found out from the original design my electronics were sitting further back rather then in the nose, so that is corrected, also few ribs were wrong size, that is corrected and its safe to say i flew ( thermal ) this little bird for over 10 minutes, she glides amazingly, also gained a few grams by making the nose shorter. You can launch her as hard as you want and nothing budges and great heights are achieved for a DLG this size.
my goal here was to design something that is not only light in weight and strong, but easy to build, i love building but sometimes with DLG gliders, there is so much stiffening and gluing involved, so this little bird uses almost no glue, only CA to join the wings and CA to join the nose parts. Will have new pictures and a video coming soon.
littlephoenix is offline Find More Posts by littlephoenix
Reply With Quote
Old May 17, 2012, 09:31 AM
Registered User
Mendo's Avatar
United States, CA, Ukiah
Joined Dec 2011
793 Posts
Very cool! If you decide to run some kits sign me up for one.

Mendo
Mendo is offline Find More Posts by Mendo
RCG Plus Member
Reply With Quote
Old May 20, 2012, 11:33 AM
Registered User
Warsaw & Gdynia, Poland
Joined Sep 2005
199 Posts
Any news on plans/kits?
Boogie3D is online now Find More Posts by Boogie3D
Reply With Quote
Old May 23, 2012, 04:27 PM
littlephoenix's Avatar
Joined Aug 2007
611 Posts
thanks for all the interest guys, once again ive been overwhelmed with the amounts of emails regarding the Opteryx Micro DLG, so i will start producing the laser cut kits next week once im back in town. Thanks so much, will have a video and new pics up soon.
littlephoenix is offline Find More Posts by littlephoenix
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 18, 2012, 08:53 PM
Registered User
Joined Jan 2010
20 Posts
ill take one, when is this going to be up for sale? thanks
crow45tech is offline Find More Posts by crow45tech
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 20, 2012, 09:53 PM
Registered User
Joined Jan 2010
20 Posts
bump
crow45tech is offline Find More Posts by crow45tech
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2012, 09:47 AM
SlingWinger
San Bernardino, California, United States
Joined Oct 2004
1,629 Posts
I've often thought that a micro Alula would be cool, this looks a lot like what I've been visuualizing.
dayhead is offline Find More Posts by dayhead
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sold Micro Built Balsa J4-E Cub and new Fokker Triplane freddb3 Aircraft - Electric - Micro & Indoor Airplanes (FS/W) 0 Feb 09, 2012 09:54 AM
Wanted DLG used or new 60" or micro. rcbobcat55 Aircraft - Sailplanes (FS/W) 0 Nov 11, 2011 09:37 PM
Discussion Vialus: New Balsa 34" DLG Thermaln2 Hand Launch 20 Jul 29, 2009 08:33 PM
Cool Scratchbuilt balsa/depron micro DLG Cuddles Hand Launch 12 Apr 01, 2004 07:50 AM