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Posted by NELICOPTER | Feb 18, 2018 @ 09:50 PM | 1,621 Views
I'm currently creating a design brief for an F5J class electric sailplane and would like to ask some questions about what other glider pilots seek from their thermalling flagships.

Some specific constraints I have incorporated include;
- A very compact disassembled size of 100-80x30x20cm in case. (I plan to be able to transport it in bag and on a bicycle.)
- Total wingspan of 3 - 3.8m's
- Total flying weight between 750-1500 grams
- Assembly of the plane should take 5 minutes

After a couple weeks of this design process I will eventually link to a build log.
I'm thinking of a 3-5 piece wing that incorporates a DLG style tail to increase compactness.
This is for my Product Design Tech class, in my last year of school. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
What design features would you like to see in an F5J sailplane?
Posted by NELICOPTER | Dec 25, 2016 @ 01:24 AM | 8,328 Views

Notes for impatient people!
- Do NOT run the stock ESC with 3s. It WILL burn!
- This is NOT a beginner plane! it is extremely stable in calm air, but does not take crashes particularly well in its stock form!
- If you want the plane, buy it as a kit. The stock ESC is rubbish, the prop, and servos are rubbish.

I was very interested in this model, because I have not seen anything in this size with such a low weight. Having been bitten by the thermalling bug, I took the plunge and ordered it for the good of the RC Modelling community even though it has/had no reviews at that current time.

I was once a CP heli nut (Hence my username), but since I flew my first plane, the Hisky HFW400, I was hooked. I flew that tiny plane since last Christmas several times a week, but I since decided to move up.
(Since then I have also flown a Bixler 3 so I have limited experience with larger planes for comparison.)
I wanted a good gliding floater that wasn't too big, so I poked around and found this! After some unnervingly fast shipping from Banggood, my plane arrived in time for Christmas!

The plane was well protected in a double box.

The box included a tube of glue, the plastic assembly parts, the Aileron servo, a ton of screws, Linkages and fasteners, some fruity stickers, an instruction manual, a little card reporting the passing of QC, and of course all the bits of your plane. (Which I had already assembled.)
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