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Old Jul 31, 2001, 07:06 PM
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SoSlo2 in action

If anyone's interested, I've put up a video of the SoSlo2 flying around my (and my neighbors') front yard(s). This is the second one I've built and I covered it in some kind of stretchy clear plastic that you can buy for moving. It's seems a lot tougher than the Reynolds wrap.
http://www.mindspring.com/~kingsnak/ezone/soslo2.htm

-O Geoffrey
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Old Jul 31, 2001, 07:43 PM
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Amazing video... seems real docile in flight!
I'm NEW at flying... How hard is that thing to fly? And I'm sure that you were just "puttering" around... can it easily gain altitude and fly higher?

What about build time? How long to build it, & difficulty? And, did you go with NIMH 9v battery because of weight savings? Have you experimented with other battery packs?

Thanks!

Tazilon
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Old Jul 31, 2001, 08:14 PM
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Looks real good, Your flying make my plane look good. I did notice it took two tries to get around that tree. If you look real close you can see where the tree moved to get you.
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Old Jul 31, 2001, 08:34 PM
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what he did there was only legal there, and in mississippi...


kewl plane. I am assuming that was on the low end of its potential, though...
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Old Aug 01, 2001, 10:37 AM
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Tazilon:
It is very docile. Once you've learned to fly the SoSlo is a piece of cake (I consider myself a begining flyer, it's only my 4th plane). I've said it before, this plane is built to fly,not crash. If you hit something harder than a bush, it's going to shatter.

It easily gains altitude and jumps up higher than the powerlines around my house but then the wind above the trees gets dangerous. Oh yeah, due to it's lightness and undercamber, it handles NO wind. I've gotten it to do a few loops but that's about all I really care to try.

This is the 2nd one I've built so with that experience, I built this one in an evening and a day. (If I had a band saw like Chuck it'd be much quicker).

Very easy to build, just follow the plans.

I went with the 9Volt 'cause it's what I had (and it's cheap... and I've got 3 of em).

I did try to wedge a 270mAH 6 cell pach on my first plane, bt it wouldn't fit and felt really heavy anyway.

Chuck:
Thanks, but I think it's the other way around. That tree is tricky 'cause there is only 2 wingspans worth of space between it and the bushes.

Buddly6:
er... I don't get it.

Yeah, I rarely use full throttle.

-O Geoffrey

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Old Aug 01, 2001, 04:43 PM
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The_Giver:

Ok! I printed the plans for one of these & it doesn't look too tough to build. I'm really new at this. Right now I have a DuskStik about 85% complete, and am hoping to try it this weekend. I heard it flys great! Never flew anything with ailerons though... just rudder & elevator. How do the ailerons work? I mean, what do the sticks on the transmitter do with ailerons? How do you turn, and how do you control up-down? Sorry about the lengthy questions, just need to know I guess. Anyway, I want to build a SloGo2 next.

Thanks!
Tazilon (PS - If anyone can answer my aileron questions it would be really helpful)
(I guess I should have called them elevons?)

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Old Aug 01, 2001, 04:56 PM
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Awesome airplane and I already downloaded and printed out the plans. Then it hit me, all I have is a Focus III FM transmitter. So my question is...

I know some mixing is required with flying wings using just elevons, will my transmitter do the trick with the mixing switch enabled or do you have to use a computer radio to have a shot controlling flying wings?

All input is welcome and appreciated.
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Old Aug 01, 2001, 07:43 PM
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Originally posted by Jim Walker:
Awesome airplane and I already downloaded and printed out the plans. Then it hit me, all I have is a Focus III FM transmitter. So my question is...

I know some mixing is required with flying wings using just elevons, will my transmitter do the trick with the mixing switch enabled or do you have to use a computer radio to have a shot controlling flying wings?

All input is welcome and appreciated.
Your radio will work fine for mixing. That is what it is set up for.
I have the ssame radio and it works well.
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Old Aug 02, 2001, 04:19 AM
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Great video. Nice flying.

SoSlo2 is absolutely fantastic. If it only was a little more crash proof - hmmm, maybe I should try making one out of depron...

-=Mike=-
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Old Aug 02, 2001, 11:34 AM
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Thanks 1987,

I guess it's full speed ahead for me then....

Flying wing, here I come!
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Old Aug 03, 2001, 01:54 AM
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O Geoffrey-
I'm curious: how do you manage to land that wonderful little beast? I mean, like without stacking it up? Also, what kinda flight times are you seeing with the RayOVacs?

Nice video, the finger only added to it in my opinion. I don't have a mixing radio and don't want to add any weight with an onboard mixer. But someday...
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Old Aug 03, 2001, 02:38 AM
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Where can I download the plans for the SoSlo2?
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Old Aug 03, 2001, 03:03 AM
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Where can I download the plans for the SoSlo2?
http://www.geocities.com/azchuckrc/wingthig.html
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Old Aug 03, 2001, 08:51 AM
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Don't worry about the weight of a mixer, it only weighs 2 grams. I have a Wing Thing with a mixer in it. Flies 2x as fast as a SoSlow. It can also take some seriuos weight. My original carried a FMA digi30 for it's first ESC. It weighed nearrly an ounce on its own! It still flew really well.

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Old Aug 03, 2001, 09:05 AM
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Originally posted by Goge:
I'm curious: how do you manage to land that wonderful little beast? I mean, like without stacking it up? Also, what kinda flight times are you seeing with the RayOVacs?
-Goge
Well, I intentionally land it 1 of 2 ways:
1: I just bring it in low, throttle back, and let it plop on my nice soft grass (trust me, cement doesn't work).
2: I bring it in about chest high, throttle back, and catch it by it's nose (very gently, like you'd catch an egg).

I have 3 different rayovacs and they each perform a little different. I have a timer with me when I fly so know how long I've been in the air. With NO full throttle, I regularly tool around for 5:00 to 6:00 minutes. The BEC doesn't kick in, it just won't stay airborne. Actually, at about the 4 minute mark, the throttle has moved all the way to full, it just doesn't go any faster.

-O Geoffrey
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