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Old Nov 21, 2012, 12:33 AM
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 02:22 AM
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Been flying mine in my workshop and my living room and it's such a blast. Love this bird. Much more fun than my night vapor. I've even been able to get it to loop in my shop! This is one of those things you just marvel at from HH. A great product and tons of fun.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 09:11 AM
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Took both my Night Vapor and Mini Vapor out in the front yard this morning. Cool, bright sunshine, almost no wind.

NV did it's usual beautiful job...smooth, gorgeous flight.

On its first outside flight...MV did the same! Bounced about just a little occaisionally, but that just increased the fun. Looks BEAUTIFUL with the sun coming down through the clear, red, and other colors on the wings! Did a carrier takeoff from my SUV's roof. Totally cool!


Yup...inside and outside, this lil' bird's a winner!
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 09:30 AM
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T Scott, more specifically high alpha refers to such a high angle of attack(AOA) that the wing is stalled, and that the majority of upwards lift is generated by the prop. Around 45 degrees is considered a harrier, more exagerrated is referred to as a prop hang, and then more starts to be a hover. This is usually done with 3D aerobatic planes, but the vapor excels at itand is the best way to fly in tight spaces.
Extremely glad to hear this bird flies just like the normal vapor, the eighty dollar price actually seems perfect to me, you get twice the fun in any room of your house! And my night vapor will patrol the dark, absolutely perfect.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 09:51 AM
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What is "high alpha flying"? Never heard that term before.
Watch this video.
Parkzone Night Vapor RTF indoor flight flight (4 min 8 sec)

For the first minute, the pilot has the Vapor in a normal flight attitude. At about 1 minute in to the video, you will see high alpha flight, with the nose higher and flying slower. The flight from about 1:20 to 1:30 is nice and slow, making flight in a small space easier.

I use high alpha to do figure 8's in my not-large living room with my original Vapor. I have not had a chance to use the MV in the house yet.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:25 AM
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Great video
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:50 AM
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That was a very nice video for sure with good steady camera work. Wish I had a space that big to fly in. It would be great to see some videos of the MV in action, flying at high alpha and doing super-slow harriers. The flight reports I have been hearing sound awesome. Maybe Santa will be good to me...

Here is a link to some videos (not mine) of a LightFlite Bug which is a slow flyer. It is not a small plane, and not light either (6oz) and yet this guy manages to fly it in his house. It gives a good demonstration of high alpha, prop hanging, and hovering. Can the MV actually hover?

I really liked the one called "The River" and "The Bedroom". This guy is obviously very skilled, and could probably fly a Vapor in his car.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=3490
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 12:49 PM
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And where did you get the $15.00 off coupon???.......

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I am on Hobbytown's email list, they send coupons out every other month or so. I think that one was for 15.00 off a purchase of 60.00 or more. The very next day I got another coupon from them for 20.00 off a purchase of 100.00 or more, so I'm heading back today to get myself an early Christmas present (Edge! ) Another cool thing is Hobbytown also gives out 5.00 off coupons at the register when you make a big purchase, I think it's for every 50.00 spent? Or maybe 100.00? And those can be used like cash- in combination with any other offer. The only downfall is the coupons typically have a quick expiration, the 20.00 off coupon I just got is only good through Sunday.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 12:55 PM
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Can the MV actually hover?
No rudder/elevator plane can hold a controlled hover.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 01:50 PM
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No rudder/elevator plane can hold a controlled hover.
Here is a video of a guy (not me) hovering a rudder/elevator Radian, and it looks like he could hold it there all day. Anyway, sorry to be so far off-topic. I like my Night Vapor and will probably get a MV as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=ggGG-09fOdQ
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 02:24 PM
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Here is a video of a guy (not me) hovering a rudder/elevator Radian
That demonstrates exactly what I mean. Without ailerons you can't counteract the prop torque, and it rolls out to the left. Not a controlled hover.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 02:38 PM
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That demonstrates exactly what I mean. Without ailerons you can't counteract the prop torque, and it rolls out to the left. Not a controlled hover.
It is true that in the strictest sense, it is not a controlled hover. However in a practical sense it is impressive for a 3-channel airplane. The reason I would like to be able to hover a Vapor or MV is just to get that extra couple of seconds to get it together for the rest of the circuit in a confined space.

If you and your Vapor could do what that kid is doing, flying in small spaces would be even easier. My night vapor does not have enough power to perform such a maneuver. If the MV could do it, even with the roll to the left, that would be a big step forward for flying in your house.
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 02:36 PM
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Just wondering where everyone is locating there battery. I have tried all different positions just for me it seems to fly the best around the middle but seems to have a big flight envelope except for all the way back by the brick then it was just to tail heavy and had no control
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Old Nov 23, 2012, 09:04 AM
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Has anyone attempted to try and shave some weight off the thing? I've been looking at a couple things but didn't want to do to much until my lhs has some spare parts
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Old Nov 23, 2012, 12:14 PM
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Have also discovered flying to many circuits in a small room it will eventually get squirly from its own wake turbulence
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