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Old Nov 10, 2006, 10:28 AM
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I'm flying an electric Renny 2M but it's getting harder and harder for my old eyes to see at a distance. I love the look of this glider and the size and price seem good too. Have you heard of anyone putting an electric motor in the nose of one of these? Do you think it would be doable...and more importantly...advisable?

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Old Nov 10, 2006, 12:46 PM
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I plan on setting mine up without full TE camber changing. If I need to change camber I'll do it with just the flaps. I personally think the MH32 has a pretty good speed range with out changing camber. I will have a launch flap preset and a preset for 1/8" down flap for thermaling.
As for the molded rudder I'm already thinking about a builtup one. The empty fuse is a little tail heavy anyway so maybe I can save some weight.
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Old Nov 10, 2006, 09:50 PM
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Howdy:
a few answers to questions here I see...

1. The Fuse is glass with lots of kevlar, and carbon tow.

2. There is an Electric fuse for the plane, we will stock it for '07.

3. The wing hasis a end grain, shear webbed spar, like a molded wing. It is very strong, and makes a wing that will take any launch/tow you can throw at it.

We have had quite a run on these, but there are a few left...

Happy Landings,
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Old Nov 11, 2006, 02:04 PM
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Set the hook! OK - I just bit... I ordered one today......

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Old Nov 11, 2006, 02:14 PM
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Way to go Jack!... Practice and bring it to the SWC (along with your RES) in February... www.CASL.net

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Old Nov 11, 2006, 08:51 PM
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You know, I sure hope mine is Transparent Red and White, or Transparent Orange... I'm not much on the purples and greens... I ordered 4 Hitec HS-125-MG thin wing servos, too... I hope that was the right servo for this wing. I just checked the porch... it ain't here yet!!!! I built a 2000 mah NiMh battery pack for it today, while waiting for the epoxy to cure on my Sky Bird polyhedral joint. Just have the fuselade and spoilers and finish work and she's done... What am I thinking... I have a Yardbird to build, too...
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Old Nov 11, 2006, 08:57 PM
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One thing I don't understand... why is there a cutout at the base of the fin? Is there a servo there for the stab?

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Old Nov 11, 2006, 09:15 PM
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You know, I sure hope mine is Transparent Red and White, or Transparent Orange... I'm not much on the purples and greens... I ordered 4 Hitec HS-125-MG thin wing servos, too... I hope that was the right servo for this wing. I just checked the porch... it ain't here yet!!!! I built a 2000 mah NiMh battery pack for it today, while waiting for the epoxy to cure on my Sky Bird polyhedral joint. Just have the fuselade and spoilers and finish work and she's done... What am I thinking... I have a Yardbird to build, too...
Don't use those 125s on the flaps. I have 10 of them. Every one that I have used on flaps has failed. They can not tollerate any kind of ground contact. Use something else.

JR's Digital 268, I think that is the right number, have been highly recommended to me.

I have lots of Hitec servos and I am very happy with all the others but not these.
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Old Nov 11, 2006, 09:25 PM
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The hole in the fin is so you can get to the elev. bellcrank. It comes with a matching FG hatch to cover the hole.
I'm planning to use HS 225 mgs on the flaps 125mg or 85s on the ail. and 225s in the body.
I got the rudder horn and pushrod installed today. I also cut a new servo tray for the body so it sits up higher.
You'll enjoy your Skybird if you've never flown one. I flew a flapped SB for 3 years. It was one of my favorite sailplanes in 25 years of soaring.
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BTW my Dragonfly is yellow and trans red.
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Old Nov 12, 2006, 03:44 PM
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Well,

Hopefully I can change my order in the AM and get a pair of 225s substituted for the 125s. Thanks for the heads up. Skybird wings completed today except for spoiler bays and sanding. Fuselage is started and the tail... well, not much to that... Should be flying within 2 weeks.

I just checked the porch, and it's still not here.... how's that for showing some restraint?

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Old Nov 13, 2006, 10:17 PM
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Mine shipped today!!! I just went to the front porch and it still ain't there!!! They did tell me all they had left was yellow and red... should be able to see her...

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Old Nov 14, 2006, 01:33 PM
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Great flying sailplane that will penetrate in 10-15 w/o balast in reflex. Mine comes in at 68 oz, with Cg at 93 mm behind LE. Rx pack is 3300 mAh NiMH from Soaring USA, so it only needed an ounce to balance at the current Cg. HS 225MG's on rudder and elevator, 5245 digis on flap and HS125MG's for aileron. Great flying and great looking sailplane. Basically a parachute on landing with those huge flaps!
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Old Nov 14, 2006, 06:12 PM
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Thanks AJ... I really like the looks of the glider. I am rather anxious about mine getting here. I have lots of building to do and this will give me just enough flying distraction in between when the weather is bad for building. Wind, what wind? Today in CLovis NM, it's 30 to 35 and gusting to 51... Even this model might need a bit of ballast today!

I just checked the porch and it still ain't here!!! Maybe some folks need anger management... perhaps I need impatience management...

Beautiful model AJ.

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Old Nov 15, 2006, 10:10 PM
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Checked the shipping thingie... Mine'll be here tomorrow... while I'm at work... Delores may hide it... the anticipation is killing me...

That sounds pretty crazy from someone whose motto is "real men scratch build." Maybe I'd better get a grip... after all, it's just an ARF!

I'll post a pic or two when I get her going... along with my new Sky Bird and my old Hawks.

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Old Nov 16, 2006, 06:55 PM
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Well, it's here. It took about 45 minutes to get her undressed. I am really impressed with everythig except the wingtips. They don't fit all that well. It comes fitted up for Volz servos in the wings. Who sells those? I didn't see much carbon in the fuse, but I'm sure there's some Kevlar back in there. It is aesthetically one of the most beautiful models I have ever seen. It reminds me slightly of the Aquila... on steroids... Everything is very well done, like I said, except the tips. Don't be surprised to see mine with winglets... Boy, the wheels are turnin'...

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