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Old Feb 15, 2012, 09:47 AM
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Old Feb 15, 2012, 08:22 PM
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I got my rec. and servos today and I almost can't plug the
servos into the rec. I tried the servos into a different rec and
it fits fine. I did notice some solder on one pin of the rec. Is it
common for such a tight fit.
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Old Feb 16, 2012, 07:56 AM
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Sorry, I have been off for a while.
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Since he stated 280 mAh I'm guessing he meant NiMH batteries.
Yes, I meant NiMH. I have been messing about with 3D planes for too long.

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I've had some customers use ONLY water-based poly on the tails without additional covering. I've used SoLite on the tail surfaces with good results. I prefer something slightly more durable on the wing and pod like Oracover Lite Transparent on the wing and standard weight covering on the pod.
I have made HLGs with only PU and they are not durable. If you apply the PU carefully, it adds very minimal weight, so I added a little for good measure.
The pod is PU, then covered with 1/2oz glass on the top and sides. I considered Oracover, but wanted to try something a little different. It did come out light and pretty strong.
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Old Feb 16, 2012, 10:16 AM
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Sorry, I have been off for a while.


Yes, I meant NiMH. I have been messing about with 3D planes for too long.


I have made HLGs with only PU and they are not durable. If you apply the PU carefully, it adds very minimal weight, so I added a little for good measure.
The pod is PU, then covered with 1/2oz glass on the top and sides. I considered Oracover, but wanted to try something a little different. It did come out light and pretty strong.
I've used SoLite on my wings before. It's great unless you fly where there is a lot of pokey bits in your landing zone like brush, etc. I find SoLite great in every aspect except puncture resistance.
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Old Feb 16, 2012, 10:17 AM
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I got my rec. and servos today and I almost can't plug the
servos into the rec. I tried the servos into a different rec and
it fits fine. I did notice some solder on one pin of the rec. Is it
common for such a tight fit.
I don't think so. Might be a good subject for a post in the Tx/Rx forum. You might find people with similar experiences there.
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Old Feb 16, 2012, 01:14 PM
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I called tower hobbies about the rec, and they are
sending a new one out today. It woud be nice if more
companies had such good customer service.
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Old Feb 16, 2012, 01:53 PM
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That is indeed good service.
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 10:37 PM
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Got my kit today !!! I would start tomorrow but I have to work.
Sunday the build begins. Any good tips would be helpful, sorry
I don't want to read 4200+ posts to find the good tips. Thanks
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 02:47 PM
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...Any good tips would be helpful, sorry
I don't want to read 4200+ posts to find the good tips. Thanks
Follow the directions.
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 03:32 PM
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Got my kit today !!! I would start tomorrow but I have to work.
Sunday the build begins. Any good tips would be helpful, sorry
I don't want to read 4200+ posts to find the good tips. Thanks
Sand the trailing edges to shape before building the wing.

Use Ultracote Lite (very light, and phenomenally tough, both in torsional strength and puncture resistance.) Don't worry about covering the fuse if you glass it.

Follow the directions.

Fly the stuffin' out of it.
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 07:49 PM
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Hahhah- use Doculite to cover it. Way mo betta than anything else especially because if you write me, I'll send you enough to cover your Gambler free gratis, plus postage.

Doculite is a laminating film that has turned out to be a great covering for balsa gliders. It's cheap, but the catch is that you have to buy two 500' rolls, which I did. Then you have a lifetime supply, and a bunch left over to share. I've sent this stuff all over the US, to England, Ireland, Australia and I don't know where else. Research it, and if you want enough to cover your Gambler, let me know by PM.

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Old Feb 20, 2012, 08:40 AM
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ElectriFly battery modification

Just a quick photo to show what I did with my ElectriFly NiMH battery to make it fit more forward into the pod. After I took the photo, I covered the end with some strapping tape and friction-fit it into the nose. What's nice is that it gives me more room to play with the CG by shifting my receiver back and forth. Those wanting a really rear-CG might not want to do this, but for those of us with heavy tails, the mod is quick and easy. And I got rid of my balancing quarter!
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Old Feb 21, 2012, 04:36 AM
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Finally, a year after I got the kit from Allan, it´s Done!
I started building immediately after I got it, but somehow, a small guy showed up in our house at the same time, demanding all of my wife´s time, (and of course mine too) has delayed the completion until now.

Very happy with it, fun to build. Flies great. Only tested it twice last days, a little too much wind both times, so only short flights. Not tried a proper discuslaunch yet. This is my first dlg...
My setup:
2 x HXT500
Rhino 2S 360mah
Small "homemade bec" bought from Tradera. (Swedish Ebay)
OrangeRx R410 Spektrum DSM2 Compatible 4Ch 2.4Ghz Receiver
SoLite Transp Green and Solid white.
AUW 168 gram.

Thanks Allan and all You guys in this thread who´s helped me with lots of good advice!

Edit, had to add 7 g in the nose to balance properly, but that´s included in my AUW.

Edit again, added pics of the setup. The black "thingy with a small metalpart" is the bec.
Considering buying one of those Smart-lipo 450mah to replace the somewhat messy installation.
Forgot to mention that i swapped the connectiong rods to carbon ones and did a "guide" for them as they acted a bit flimsy.
Also, I used some PU-glue (you in the States call it Gorilla-glue, right?) in the rear, where the boom attaches to the pod.
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Old Feb 21, 2012, 08:55 AM
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6 oz AUW is very light. Nice job. You should have available two half-ounce weights to balast on windier days. On calm-ish days you'll really climb at that weight.

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Finally, a year after I got the kit from Allan, it´s Done!
I started building immediately after I got it, but somehow, a small guy showed up in our house at the same time, demanding all of my wife´s time, (and of course mine too) has delayed the completion until now.

Very happy with it, fun to build. Flies great. Only tested it twice last days, a little too much wind both times, so only short flights. Not tried a proper discuslaunch yet. This is my first dlg...
My setup:
2 x HXT500
Rhino 2S 360mah
Small "homemade bec" bought from Tradera. (Swedish Ebay)
OrangeRx R410 Spektrum DSM2 Compatible 4Ch 2.4Ghz Receiver
SoLite Transp Green and Solid white.
AUW 168 gram.

Thanks Allan and all You guys in this thread who´s helped me with lots of good advice!

Edit, had to add 7 g in the nose to balance properly, but that´s included in my AUW.
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Old Feb 21, 2012, 12:05 PM
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Just out of curiosity- what is being used for the carbon strip on the main spar in these current kits?

Rick
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