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Old Dec 12, 2006, 12:35 PM
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speedo thermo 1.2m

Just ordered one of these from ebay looked good for 39.00 any one got one , what did you think?
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Old Dec 12, 2006, 12:41 PM
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i like the look of it, i think theres a mini build around here of one.
something about a prezzi from the misses.

keep us posted, inculding natzi fees, tho at $19 dollar value it should slip through.. just.
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Old Dec 12, 2006, 04:24 PM
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great memory philly! I just finished the speedo thermo I got for my b/day and awaiting it's maiden..there's a thread here somewhere. I can post some more pics of the finished plane if you would like.

Hoping it will fly well.. AUW came out about 430g (~15oz).
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Old Dec 12, 2006, 04:30 PM
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what was your impression?
i know the postage is a bit steep ( but only when you look at it equaling the kit price, HK to UK for $20 is ok ) but i can't think of anything here less than 70 that looks the same, S2G stuff is similar.

be good to hear it's a quality bit of kit.
did you also get yours from revolution shop? i think i saw one from a UK seller recently.
someone else a while back was importing the Petro
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Old Dec 13, 2006, 04:47 AM
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Similiar in quality to S2G.. the RG15 wing is thin (even the 9mm thick D60's needed raised covers) so it might have a good turn of speed.

From the pics... used a AAA square nimh pack, had to open the fuse out quite a bit to fit it in.. but it does go in HS55 fits with plenty of room to spare. Used a 3mm carbon tube with a dubro clevise instead of the snake they supplied.

Got rid of the blow molded servo covers and used some raised carbon ones. The D60's are wrapped in tape and epoxied to the covers which I lightly screwed into position then taped down as well. Used frp horns simply because the holes in the ones supplied were too big for the wire. Slop free.

Hatch is pretty straightforward, neat and slides off for easy removal.

Needed quite a bit of lead in the nose as the stab is 'over-engineered'. Just poked the nose into some moist compacted sand to make a psuedo mold, and poured lead into it.

Nice little model for any spare gear laying around. My fiance thinks it's 'cute'
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Old Dec 13, 2006, 04:56 AM
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Dave, did you fabricate a new wing for the speedo?
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Old Dec 13, 2006, 04:59 AM
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Dave, did you fabricate a new wing for the speedo?
Yep, it's -still- sitting in the garage, making friends with the other unfinished stuff
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Old Dec 16, 2006, 03:46 AM
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Maidened the Speedo today.. wow, surprisingly good.

No bad habits, axial rolls, inside & outside loops a breeze with no correction needed. Slight down ele when inverted (i think it's a little noseheavy though).

Drops a wing when stalled, but speed is almost a dead stop before it does so, and is easily recovered.

Best of all, it's reasonably quick for it's light weight, and makes a decent whistle!

All up, very predictable & enjoyable plane to fly. Now..wheres that lead...
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Old Dec 16, 2006, 05:08 AM
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nice one, glad it went so well i`m still waiting for a tracking no. but have had conformation of the order, i take it it`s just because they are busy for xmas
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Old Mar 04, 2007, 12:19 AM
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reborn

Well, after a slight mishap due to reaching for the flap switch while about 2ft off the ground (duh!) the speedo underwent a ground up rebuild.

New thinner composite wing & tail, and kevlar reinforced fuse.

And lots of sanding,compounding and polishing! I have a soft spot for small, light & fast models, I hope this one won't dissapoint.
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Old Mar 06, 2007, 07:19 AM
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OzDragon...
How was your wing constructed? Bagged foam?
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Old Mar 06, 2007, 01:06 PM
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does anyone have one they want to sell that's in the US?
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Old Mar 06, 2007, 05:46 PM
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OzDragon...
How was your wing constructed? Bagged foam?
Kind of. I bag on glass/0.8mm balsa/carbon skins, as it seems to give an overall stiffer and lighter wing compared to a heavier, composite only layup.
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Old Mar 22, 2007, 06:01 PM
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OzDragonflyer.....do you have any movie of this glider?
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Old Mar 22, 2007, 09:42 PM
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no unfortunately. In it's original form it's comparable to a moderately fast 60"er, just a bit smaller and lighter.

The rebuilt version.. happy happy joy joy
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