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Old Oct 05, 2012, 08:50 AM
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Hi There,
No not yet , wind has been a bit wrong direction for the good slopes and then I also had to work on some weekends. Try maybe next weekend it is ready to go , but right now I have also got engrossed in a scale glider build.
Will definately post pics when it does fly .
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Mike
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 08:11 AM
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Maiden flight a success

Hi All,
I finished this sailplane some time back and have waited for the right time and conditions to do the maiden flight.
So on saterday nice warm day with 20km westerlies it was time to maiden it.
It was launched almost straight into lift off a fairly small slope and is a real floater, at times when I had thermaled well downwind and had some height , I add a few clicks of down and it slowly makes head way in about 40 kms of wind, once the thermal feed gust abates she penetrates well, but really is more of a floater than a speed demon.

Maiden flight ended in a perfect landing , by bleeding off height and speed with some big zig-zags and floating down exactly where I wanted.

Time on the clock 1 hour and 22mins somewhat of a personal record for a maiden flight.

regards
Mike
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 12:18 PM
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Hey Mike, I must congratulate you on a fantastic job. That plane flew like a dream and certainly picks up the slightest of lift and has great manners. Love the colour.

I will mail you the pics I took. The launch video I took needs a fair amount of work as its not great in its raw state.

Again, well job. Your work is awesome.

Cheers
T
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:03 PM
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Niiiice!
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:33 PM
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Here is the launch video, and a few stills. Not my greatest, but its my first, so go easy.

Purple Haze Maiden Flight (1 min 13 sec)


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T
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:00 AM
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Now thats what you call "climbing like a homesick angel"!

Well done guys and thanks for the vid.
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