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Posted by Pappyjkns | Oct 19, 2016 @ 09:47 PM | 5,301 Views
Oct. 18/16

Okay, while waiting for my Micro Wanderer kit to be shipped from California, I attended our SOGGI clubs monthly members meeting that starts back up again in October. A lot of members bring in items of interest including recently completed builds or recent acquisitions. So I was immediately interested in a beautiful looking sailplane that one of the members was bringing in. I said to him “what is it?” “It’s a Great Planes Spirit 100” sailplane” he responds. “What are you going to do with it” says I. “Sell it! I want $100 (Canadian)” says the member. “Sold!” is my immediate response! You can tell from this conversation that I am a fierce negotiator! Not! But I figured the kit must cost about that much and then there is the cost of all the covering, installing servos and all the build time! It was a no brainer as far as I was concerned.

This is a standard class sailplane that only uses 2 channel….rudder & aileron! I’m thinking wowsers! That’s a lot of plane for only 2 channels. Would have been nice to have some spoilers at least….but hey….”beggars can’t be choosers as the saying goes!” I think I may have to look at picking up a set of wing plans & making a full house set with flaps and ailerons or spoilers at the very least. I can tell you one thing, they won't look as good as these wings! Warren, the member who built this plane is considered by all to be master builder and his attention to detail and quality of construction is quite evident.

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Posted by Pappyjkns | Oct 12, 2016 @ 07:22 PM | 5,379 Views
Oct 12/16

Another area of the R/C World has garnered my attention….namely micro sailplanes. Horizon has it’s very popular Mini Radian which weights in at 1.5 ozs. I have to say, I was pretty impressed with this lightweight bird but once again, I was excluded due to not having a Spectrum radio……grrrrr!

While cruising the RCGroups forums, I recently came across a new micro plane being put out by “Red” of Alien_Tech in California. It’s a balsa build….a “Woodie"….only 30” wingspan, called “The Micro Wandererer!” Red utilizes the Horizon Parkzone “brick” (combination of servos, receiver & esc, all on one board).

Once again I’ve run into the “Spektrum” wall again! Then I started to check out Hobby King and was surprised by the proliferation of new micro receivers, servos and motors. I have a good feeling that I am going to getting my feet wet in the micro rc world soon! In fact, I just ordered two of these micro birds! Depending on the internal system used and if built correctly according to the plans, it should come in under 45-50 grams!! I think that’s the weight of Monarch Butterfly!! Lol! Just kidding!

If you have read my previous renderings, you already know that I purchased a Futaba T10J radio and receiver. I have to say, it’s a solid, dependable radio, great for large scale planes & sailplanes. Of course, after I bought the radio, I got interested in DLGs and herein lies the rub…..the Futaba 3008SB receiver was just too large and heavy...Continue Reading