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Old Jun 27, 2004, 11:41 PM
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Great Planes Fling

Has anyone flown the new Great Planes Fling? My LHS is supposed to be getting some in this week, trying to decide if I should buy one.

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Old Jun 28, 2004, 01:44 AM
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Have one on order. It has shipped. Should arrive either tomorrow or Tuesday. I'll let you know about it when I get it. Will probably post pics too. I hope to have it flying by this Saturday.

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Old Jun 28, 2004, 04:19 PM
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Well my new 'Fling' arrived this afternoon.

I'm gonna build it tonight and shoot a bunch of build pictures to post here when done.

More later.....

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Old Jun 28, 2004, 05:22 PM
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what airfoil is it using? Not bad of a plane for $65 bucks and it even comes with a mini highstart...
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Old Jun 28, 2004, 09:28 PM
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Cant wait to hear the flight report
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Old Jun 28, 2004, 10:37 PM
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I am very interested in one too. Right at my sweet spot, $60 something airframes.

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Old Jun 28, 2004, 10:43 PM
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its a bummer that they dont have it on their site. cant get any more specs on it. I want to know what airfoil it is using.
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Old Jun 28, 2004, 11:08 PM
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Build about 75% done. Should be done tomorrow night. Will post all pics and comments then.

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Old Jun 28, 2004, 11:48 PM
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Awww man, it isn't fair to keep us in suspense. Not even a general comment about overall impression?

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Old Jun 28, 2004, 11:59 PM
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Saw one at the LHS. nice thin airfoil, an HN somethiing. short boom length. nice fuse, pull pull threads in place. I was thinking of modding it to a SAL, but I think its too short(31.5") and somewhat of a whippy boom. $65 bucks ...buy one. covering needs some shrinking.
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Old Jun 29, 2004, 08:10 AM
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Awww man, it isn't fair to keep us in suspense. Not even a general comment about overall impression?

Kristopher

Sorry to keep you hanging. Started on it last night and got it all built except for installing the "pull-pull" threads and installing the radio and battery. I need to solder up a smaller battery pack for it tonight and do some balance tests. According to the instructions, they recommend putting the reciever in the nose and the battery pack (rec. 350mAh) under the wing. I do not believe that the plane will properly balance that way unless you are using a really heavy receiver or nose lead. Both of which I wish to avoid.

As for kit quality, I found it to be very good. The fuselage is excellent quality for a light ARF kit. Only point I am concerned about is the slots where the "pull-pull" theards exit the carbon boom. They cut two slots directly across from each other through the boom. This seriously weakens the boom at that point. A much better arraingment would have been to stagger the slots so that they were still on each side of the boom but they did not line up directly across from one another.

I've decided to build it "stock" to get it done quickly and flying by this weekend. (Should be finished tonight) However, I will let you all know that I see it would be very easy for an experianced builder to modify this kit into a two piece wing and replace the rubberband hold downs with wing bolts. I could even see people "kit bashing" it into a flat wing with ailerons.

On the airfoil, Nowhere does it list the airfoil by type. It is rather thin. I'm not sure what it is but I'll try to do some outline comparisons later to ID it. I took two photos of the wing root to show the airfoil and the laser cut lightening holes. Regrettably, those two photos are a little blurry as the camera I was using did not like to do "macro" mode well. I'll post them as well the the others tonight. I'll also get access to a better macro mode camera to take better pics up close.

More tonight with all pictures.

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Old Jun 29, 2004, 02:48 PM
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does it not tell you what type of airfoil it is on the plans or instructions it comes with Radian???
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Old Jun 29, 2004, 02:50 PM
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Pictures, Pictures, Pictures - don't keep us guessing!
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Old Jun 29, 2004, 05:59 PM
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Pictures, Pictures, Pictures - don't keep us guessing!
Here is the first set of build pics.

Radian

Pictures in order...

1) Box
2) Canopy and Servo Tray
3) Under wing saddle
4) Box contents minus decals and manual
5) Airfoil and laser cut rib "lightening holes"
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Old Jun 29, 2004, 06:06 PM
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Pictures, Pictures, Pictures - don't keep us guessing!
Here is the second set of build pics.

Radian

Pictures in order...

6) Spruce wing joiner
7) My gluing of the Wing joiner with both probond and epoxy
8) Setting the dihedral
9) Tail parts on scale. Total weight .6 oz
10) Gluing rudder and elevator together
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