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Old May 04, 2001, 10:45 PM
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Soarstar what mods. need to be done for a succesful flight?

I heard there were a couple of things that had to be done? What do I need to do to make it a succesful flight?
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Old May 04, 2001, 10:47 PM
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I heard there were a couple of things that had to be done? What do I need to do to make it a succesful flight?
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Old May 04, 2001, 11:40 PM
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No mods needed for flight but try the RS 1600 NiMH packs for extreme duration. Also I taped the wing and elevator/rudder (ala Zagi) with clear packing tape and it GREATLY increases durability.
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Old May 05, 2001, 07:23 PM
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Charge batteries.

Seriously though, light clear packing tape increases its durabilty amazingly with a negligible weight penalty. Depends on what your flying location is like.

Jeff

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Old May 06, 2001, 12:56 AM
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check flying surfaces before take off and bring 5 min epoxy!!! It repairs very easily (3 big pieces of blue foam - inadvertant down elev trim).
I glued a 1/32 in strip to the rear of the horizontal stab after cutting out hinge slots. Several folks reported h-stab flex and later breaks.
make a small hole in front to allow cooling air in
Alternaative - fly it stock its great.
When in doubt (and high up) just let go of everything and then cut to mid throttle.
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Old May 06, 2001, 07:43 AM
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JEWINE:
Seems these guys agree that the SoarStar flys right out of the box Please do all preflight checks ie. controlls,range and have a flight plan. If you have not flown anything before try to get someone with expierence to help. If you can't I would recomend that you hand launch it and get
some air between it and the ground,climb out is about 20deg. Get it trimmed to fly straight & level, then if you get in trouble just let go of the sticks this plane loves to fly!
Good flying & let us know how it goes
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Old May 06, 2001, 09:09 AM
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No mods necessary, but some other "Tape Advice".
A) If you're flying off or landing pavement also use clear packing tape on the underside of the nose. Asphalt works like a cheese grater on styrofoam.

2) I've found about a 5" long overlapping layer of electrical tape on the fuse under the propeller will help keep the tail from being sawed off when the prop touches that spot in a hard landing.

Also, the center of gravity wasn't specified in my instructions. Put the battery all the way forward in the cockpit. I drilled mine into the ground three times from about 20 feet up before I figured out I was tail heavy.

Good luck. It's a great plane!
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Old May 06, 2001, 09:44 AM
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there are many posts if you search soarstar/wingo/poppy. There is a lot on cg. I agree, i put strapping tape on the bottom front for nose scrapes.
Wish I had known about elec tape to protect against prop cuts.
Many people mount the gearbox upside dowwn to lower the cg.
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Old May 06, 2001, 11:32 AM
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That's wierd. My Soarstar battery (RS 1600) needs to be pretty far back in the cockpit to balance right. Even before I added all that epoxy to the tail.
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Old May 06, 2001, 11:54 AM
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Me too,mu batt. is about 13/4 to 2" from the nose. I have not added any tape yet.Good suggestions though.
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Old May 06, 2001, 08:36 PM
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I also find that my SoarStar flies best with the battery (RS 1600) about as far back as possible.

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