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Old Mar 12, 2003, 10:44 AM
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New Gambler kits now available!

Another production run of Gambler kits is now available at http://www.wrightbrothersrc.com and includes the following improvements over our previous production runs:
  • Tapered wrapped CF boom - lighter than the pulltruted original
  • Enlarged tailfeathers - for straighter launches and quicker response
  • Lightened wingtips - for quicker yaw dampening on launch
  • 2-ounce fiberglass cloth now included - for optional reinforcing of the pod
  • Improved fit of parts - laser cutting adjusted for laser kerf
We thank all of those customers who waited paitently on our waitlist. All backorders have been filled and shipped and we're ready to again take orders through our website.
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Old Mar 12, 2003, 11:54 AM
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Since you recommend the CF ribbon why did you not elect to include it in the base price, even slightly higher, of the model? Can you just have a button on the gambler page to add it to the shopping cart?

How does the gambler launch/fly without the CF?

I wish I had looked at this seriously because after investing probably $65 in foam cutting equipment I still only have unsheeted wing cores at the moment!
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Old Mar 12, 2003, 01:58 PM
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I offer it separately because many people already have CF ribbon as part of their building supplies, and since it is an expensive supply I had requests from eary customers to have the option of not purchasing the carbon fiber. Actually after shipping costs I barely break even on the CF ribbon, that's why I only sell it with the purchase of a kit. If you prefer to order your own, 4 packages of hobby-lobby CCF001 or 2 packages of hobby-lobby CCF002 are sufficent to build the kit.

I've added a button to the Gambler order pages that will allow you to add the carbon fiber to your shopping cart. Thank you for the constructive suggestion.

If you leave off the CF ribbon, I do not reccomend side-arm launching the Gambler. It will, however, javelin launch fine. The CF doesn't affect the flying characteristics of the plane significantly, it just allows the wing and tail to withstand the stresses of the side-arm launch.

There is a good 8MB video of a minute and a half Gambler flight, launch to landing in our gallery http://www.wrightbrothersrc.com/gallery/gambler.htm. It's probably easier to watch that than for me to describe the plane's flight characteristics. The day the video was taken there was a steady 5-7mph crosswind at the field. I flew the Gambler off of some ridge lift a clump of 20' saplings was generating. Typical non-lift flights are closer to the 45-60 second range.

Thank you for your interest, if there are any other questions just post them here and I'll be glad to answer them.
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Old Mar 19, 2003, 04:58 PM
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I've been getting several request to sell just my Gambler plans, and I'm considering offering this, but I'd like some input by members here what is the 'usual and customary' price for glider plans these days?

Also, feel free to e-mail me if this would interest you. If I get enough interest it will encourage me to offer plans separate from my kits.

Thanks for your time
aew@wrightbrothersrc.com
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Old Mar 20, 2003, 06:59 AM
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I got The Bug plans #1297 from RCM for $6.00 + shipping.


http://www.rcmmagazine.com/e/env/000...ns-list-5.html


Price is now up to $6.50.
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Old Mar 20, 2003, 06:02 PM
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Allan,

When launching my Gambler one time I accidentally gripped it in front of the spar instead of on top of the spar and cracked the sheeting on the bottom of the wing. Seems like a foam block or a sub-rib in the area where you grip it for launch would help prevent this from happening.

The foam block might weigh too much, especially that far out on the wing. If I were to build another SAL glider with a built-up wing I would definitely make up an extra front of a rib (or two) and put them in the tip area where you grip the wing. What do DLG gliders do to compensate for the extra weight and drag of a launch peg?
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Old Mar 20, 2003, 06:11 PM
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Most 1.5 meter planes don't worry about the peg's drag or weight. It's not significant enough to compensate for.

For one fellow club member that I build a Gambler for who is a little heavy-handed, I reinforced the D-tube area where you're likely do miss the grip with some 2-ounce glass cloth. I think the new instructions reccomend this as a possible optional step.

I hope your repair was easy. An additional half-rib might help, I'll consider adding that optional part in the next batch. The 2-ounce cloth reinforcement does work well if you're looking for a solution for your plane.

Thanks for the feedback,
Allan
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Old Mar 21, 2003, 02:37 PM
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Allan,

I repaired this a couple of months ago and used 1.5 oz cloth to reinforce the area. Seems to be holding up well. I wish I had done it during the original build.
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Old Mar 21, 2003, 05:26 PM
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Super, I now include 2-ounce cloth in the kits so I'll double-check that the instructions indicate this as a reccomended step.

Thanks for the constructive suggestion.
Allan
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Old Mar 22, 2003, 10:58 PM
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Received kit!

Got my kit this week. Here's a picture of what comes in the package, including the carbon ribbon. Next post is after I removed everything from the package. I've promised myself to go no further until I finish my taxes!!

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Old Mar 22, 2003, 10:59 PM
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The goodies!

Here's all the stuff...
(except for the fuse pod bottom which is not laser cut but just drawn on one of the balsa sheets and is cut out manually)
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Old Mar 23, 2003, 07:05 AM
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Looks like a quality kit that should be easy to assemble.
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Old Mar 23, 2003, 04:55 PM
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Thanks for the nice comments Randy. I've never thought to punch out all the parts and lay them out like that. I always punch them out as I build. Makes it look like a lot more parts the way you show it!
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Old Mar 24, 2003, 06:51 AM
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Randy, are the bulkheads on the lower left cut out?
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Old Mar 24, 2003, 08:33 AM
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I think so. I'm at work now and can't remember for sure, but I'll check tonight and post again.
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