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Posted by gquiring | Sep 23, 2017 @ 08:52 PM | 1,289 Views
The cotton makes a great background for some nice photography. Grafas Maxi and Prelude both from Top Model.
Posted by gquiring | Sep 17, 2017 @ 09:09 PM | 1,516 Views
Little did I know what was coming up while taking some photos of my friends plane. To say the least a few seconds after I took this shot the plane went into a death spiral. The wing bolt came out during flight. If you look closely at the photo you will see the bottom wing separating.
Posted by gquiring | Jul 30, 2017 @ 08:03 AM | 1,938 Views
I had a great time with my friend Gene flying our sailplanes in Eutawville, SC. Grafas Maxi 3.5 and Prelude 2.5 both from Top Model.
Posted by gquiring | Jun 22, 2017 @ 07:05 PM | 2,758 Views
I was talking with a fellow RC'r and he is struggling with how to fit these long sailplane fuses in the car. I have been making these carriers for years to take advantage of the bucket seats in the front. You can run the noses up to the dashboard to get them in smaller cars. I don't glue the PVC together so it's easy to disassemble if you need to bring something big home from the store. I used outdoor carpeting turned inside out to help keep everything from sliding around.
Posted by gquiring | Jun 14, 2017 @ 11:34 PM | 4,016 Views
I recently bought a Top Model Samsara. I did a build thread over here:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...cussion-thread
Posted by gquiring | Apr 25, 2017 @ 02:04 PM | 4,018 Views
I ordered a sailplane holder from Greece recently. It arrived this week and I am glad I got it. I am always nervous leaving my sailplane on the grass, loose dogs and small kids. The other day I watched a small kid jump over my sailplane because it was too much effort for him to go around it This will give me some peace of mind. It's well made and sealed with two coats of sanding sealer. The product is priced reasonably at $35 bucks. The problem is shipping from Greece to the USA was $38.

I purchased on this thread:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...Glider-Carrier

www.facebook.com/SailplaneWorkshop
Posted by gquiring | Apr 22, 2017 @ 07:31 PM | 23,013 Views
Still having fun with my vinyl cutter.
Posted by gquiring | Jan 18, 2017 @ 06:07 PM | 5,789 Views
I decided to take the plunge and go for the MZ-24 Pro. Since I can transfer my models over to the Pro I decided to go for the new version since it has a larger TX battery (5000mah) and some new software. With all the Tower Hobby discounts and e-cash it was a decent price at around $335 with 3 receivers (2 6ch and 1 8ch).

I thought I would not like the red look. Tower was not offering the traditional color. But after seeing it in person I love the look.
Posted by gquiring | Aug 21, 2016 @ 06:41 PM | 6,510 Views
I got the sad news earlier today that Ed Pochinski aka Edy P passed away. It was a surprise to me, I had spoken to Ed maybe a month ago, he was his normal self. He passed away from complications due to pneumonia.

Ed was a guy full of life and always had something positive to say. He loved buying airplanes but rarely flew them. We always busted his chops and he took it well. When I moved to SC about 4 years ago Ed kept an open line with me checking in every few weeks to see how I was doing.

I won't forget him, he along with Bob Mars and Mr C were special people who always entertained us at the local flying field.
Posted by gquiring | Jun 12, 2016 @ 02:09 PM | 5,686 Views
This is a photo from my Aether sailplane that I turned into a vinyl sticker. Here is the PNG file for anyone interested in making their own.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...t%20Aether.png
Posted by gquiring | Jun 05, 2016 @ 01:34 PM | 6,189 Views
I finally bought my own vinyl cutter this past week. I got the Silhouette Cameo and it's exactly what I wanted. Simple and not too expensive. I made this logo from a photo of my Elegant 2.5 meter and took the letter Q and took the tail off and replaced it with the sailplane.
Posted by gquiring | Mar 10, 2016 @ 12:09 AM | 6,540 Views
When I moved to SC I took down my server that was hosting a gallery of photos from the Thomas Edison field in NJ. A lot has changed in technology these past few years allowing me to put all those photos in the cloud. Hopefully this will bring back some good memories for anyone who ever flew there.

2012
https://goo.gl/photos/2RwUHU8dhTwTr94G7

2011
https://goo.gl/photos/tB2uWBatV2FRqsgj6

2010
https://goo.gl/photos/di8SeGDWqCeFNjPZ6

2009
https://goo.gl/photos/ESEP1J68FpZdemhMA

2008
https://goo.gl/photos/oBTDkLXDhwDJLhKm7

2007
https://goo.gl/photos/Ec1izfjS9jbVb3pT6

2006
https://goo.gl/photos/zcHrrAyCTmzLyHWC9

2005
https://goo.gl/photos/pWZokfz2mHeGCn8E9

2004
https://goo.gl/photos/8BGWZMK3zedFyU4i8

2003
https://goo.gl/photos/Ufh5ZeZZSPjQZKBz9

2002
https://goo.gl/photos/okZnL8RoUqBa28A49

Crash Gallery
https://goo.gl/photos/kfiehHHBSQAidMzy7
Posted by gquiring | Dec 08, 2015 @ 07:08 PM | 7,630 Views
I had a great maiden with my Grafas MAXi 3.5 M this week. It flew great. I'm really happy it flies so well because it was not a great build. Top Model is getting sloppy and using a bad elevator design for years now that has proven to be a failure. They also undersized the wing joiners which was a challenge to get to the right size. When you spend this kind of money on an ARF I expect better quality control.

I did a complete build thread over here:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2475714
Posted by gquiring | May 08, 2015 @ 09:24 AM | 7,664 Views
I finally got my DragonFly strong up in the air this past week. I ordered the kit from SoaringUSA almost a year ago. Overall the Valenta models ARF was superior to any Top Model ARF I have built. I powered this 3.5 meter sailplane with a Turnigy GliderDrive 3858 4.6 and YEP 80 ESC. The battery was a 4s 3000 Zippy. It does about 900 watts.

The DragonFly weighs 4.48 lbs and with battery weighs 5.26 lbs. The climb rate is almost vertical with this power setup. I have used GliderDrives in some of my other sailplanes and these motors are fantastic. For ~$35 I highly recommend these motors.

The radio setup is Hitec 225MG's for the elevator and rudder and Hitec 85MG's for flaps and ailerons. I used a Graupner MZ-24 with a vario sensor and a voltage dongle to monitor the battery.

The flaps on this model are huge. When you drop them 90 degrees the sailplane comes down dead slow and can be landed in a very small area. I recommend adding more throw on the elevator than what the documentation called for.

I hope the USA vendors start importing more Valenta models. I am very interested in seeing more of their sailplanes in my hanger :-)

I did a complete build thread over here:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2179336
Posted by gquiring | Aug 28, 2014 @ 11:32 AM | 9,291 Views
I received my Graupner MZ-24 radio. I am going to retire my Aurora 9 eventually. My main reason for switching was Hitec's lack of support for vario sensors and overall the A9 has been abandoned by them. It was a good radio for it's day.

My first day impressions are mixed. The build quality is excellent. I saw some older videos knocking the quality and switches, either the radio builds were improved or someone just dislikes Graupner.

I am tad disappointed with the voltage telemetry. Coming from the Aurora 9 it's sweet spot was monitoring the voltage of your Lipo. It was easy and was built into their receivers via the SPC port. The MZ-24 has a telemetry port but no voltage sensor for some receivers. And their voltage sensor only supports up to a 4s lipo! They have a homemade solution using a voltage divider circuit for their GR-12 RX's (the L versions do not support this). Why they don't make this sensor is beyond me. It requires ordering two resistors, a capacitor and a servo extension cable. It works but it's too Heathkit like for my tastes these days. Many modelers don't even have the electronics skill to make it. Graupner screwed up on this area big time. Graupner wants you to use their ESC's which support voltage and a lot more features but at a hefty price tag. I use YEP ESC's from Hobby King mostly because they work great and more importantly they don't ding your wallet.

The gimbals are silky smooth. The two sliders that are normally on the side of the radio have been moved to the rear embedded in the grips. I think this is going to let me try and use them. In the past all the sliders on the side were too easy to move, having them in the rear makes sense. Most of the switches are 3 position. And the radio by default comes with a 1s 4000 lipo.

Past that I don't have enough time on the radio to judge it's overall features.
Posted by gquiring | Nov 06, 2013 @ 05:54 PM | 12,133 Views
I moved last year and the club I now belong to had very few sailplane owners. Once I started flying my sailplanes at the field, the interest in sailplanes skyrocketed fairly quickly. Before long the peanut gallery started making comments about too many sailplanes. Next thing you know they coined it the "Sailplane Mafia". I decided to make a logo. The sailplane is my Elegant 700 and I used a Godfather font I found online.
Posted by gquiring | Oct 10, 2013 @ 02:07 PM | 10,017 Views
I got a better video of the Elegant. This is by far my favorite looking sailplane. I love the colors. It's very easy to see.

Elegant 700 RC Sailplane (5 min 6 sec)

Posted by gquiring | Oct 02, 2013 @ 08:01 PM | 9,171 Views
The maiden went well with no issues. I used the suggested balance point on the wing joiner. It flew really nice. I had a rookie camera crew and could not get a good video. Get ready for a roller coaster shaky video

Elegant 700 sailplane (2 min 26 sec)