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Posted by FWAL | Jul 12, 2015 @ 03:14 AM | 6,889 Views
I do enjoy watching the French performing slow and low slope aerobatics with large gliders. With this in mind I've been looking for a glider to help me learn and perhaps one day fly like the French. My 3D Traceur is a little too small, light and twitchy. The Phoenix 2000 is close but not quite aerobatic enough and my modified Phase 6 isn't a million miles away either. I'm not a good enough pilot to try these manoeuvres with the Hammer just yet. I have tried and have paid the consequences! And the Mefisto is still sadly out of action waiting for a new wing.
When I came across the new Hacker XL Vagabond it looked just like the glider I had been looking for. Large 2m wing, Epp bouncyness and relatively light.
So here's what you get and what unfortunately you don't get!
The manufacturing of the parts is really impressive along with the art work and laminated covered aerofoils. The fuse is left naked which for the cost is a little surprising as these kits aren't cheap.
Once you have read the instructions you'll soon be aware of two glitches. The kit doesn't include servo extension cables or the parts for the +/- 90 degree pulley controlled tailplane. This came as a bit of a shock as Hacker make no mention that additional cables are required and actively promote and photograph the pulley powered tailplane in their marketing literature.
The first job is to make long shallow cuts into and along the fuse, then to push in and glue 5 lengths of reinforcing carbon fibre...Continue Reading
Posted by FWAL | Jul 04, 2015 @ 10:52 AM | 3,596 Views
Yep it's always nice to come home and find a big box in the hall. Yesterday was no exception.
However, when you pay a lot of money for an ARF kit it's pretty mean of Hacker not to include servo extension cables (I've had them in much cheaper kits) and not including all the parts advertised in their marketing blurb and photo's. I say this as it is "stated" that the XL has a pulley system elevator which produce +/- 90 degree movement. Yet in the kit and instructions this is non existent. I will be contacting the dealer soon to find out why this is the case. But it's not the start I was hoping for.