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Nov 30, 2011, 11:08 AM
a.k.a. Bob Parks
Nice idea! I will have to see if my 9303 can handle something like this. Looks much better than a rubber band.
You should make this a separate topic so more people will see it.
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Nov 30, 2011, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by bbbp
Nice idea! I will have to see if my 9303 can handle something like this. Looks much better than a rubber band.
You should make this a separate topic so more people will see it.
BP

I posted it here to get feed back from the local guys first, and since I had not field tested it as of last night I did not want to post what I did and then it now work....

I flew for about an hour today with this and I am in love!!! makes resetting after landing/catching so much easier. Also it is not in the way with the band I kept hitting it with my index finger and bumping the rudder in the process.

Ill start another thread about this later today.
Nov 30, 2011, 01:37 PM
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Finchaloticus did this same mod on his Futaba and loves it. Take that for what its worth.....
Nov 30, 2011, 02:20 PM
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Finchaloticus did this same mod on his Futaba and loves it. Take that for what its worth.....
Cool! I was sure it was not a new idea. It works, that is all that matters.
Nov 30, 2011, 02:33 PM
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took some video of my launches this morning. Can someone critique my launch to see if I have any bad habits that need worked on? Thanks

Launch practice Nov 30th (0 min 55 sec)
Nov 30, 2011, 04:47 PM
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Mr. Alan:

Way cool!

I'm on my way to Ace Hardware right now!

Yours, Greg
Nov 30, 2011, 04:50 PM
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Alan:

Overall, pretty smooth, and that's the most important thing.

Try bigger, fewer steps.

Yours, Greg
Nov 30, 2011, 04:50 PM
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Mr. Alan:

Way cool!

I'm on my way to Ace Hardware right now!

Yours, Greg
My only caution is to make sure there are no wires in the way of the screw holes to get pinched. I found that out the hard way yesterday and had to solder a wire back together. Other than that this is a fairly easy mod.
Nov 30, 2011, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Alan C
took some video of my launches this morning. Can someone critique my launch to see if I have any bad habits that need worked on? Thanks
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Nov 30, 2011, 07:10 PM
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Hi Alan,
Your technique is smooth. I would try to increase the speed just before launch. I'm not much of a launcher but thought I would put in my 2cents
Ray
Nov 30, 2011, 07:22 PM
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Here's a good source for glider doo-dads, i.e. aileron covers, 2.4 blisters, etc.

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Nov 30, 2011, 07:26 PM
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Thanks for the feedback!

After posting this I went back and found videos of Jun George Charlie and Donnie. After watching their launches compared to mine I see a few things I need to change.

- stay on the balls of my feet ( to help with rotation)
- start out slower and build up.
- less moving forward and more of a step then rotation.
- get rid of the hop ( didn't even know I was doing that. Probably because I'm not on the balls of my feet. )

Gotta a bit of practicing to do.


Had a small accident thus evening. Our youngest was falling off a barstool height chair tonight and pulled the chair down with her which landed across the top of my left foot. It's all swollen and hurts like crazy. That will set me back a while.

I'll post more video later if I see improvements.
Nov 30, 2011, 07:59 PM
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Remember most of the power comes from the legs and hips unwinding the torso. For a righty that right foot needs to be planted and pushing hard so your core can swing the arm around like a whip. The plane is just along for a ride on the end of a whip.

Watch the tail with your left eye through the rotation as long as you can. This means you've coiled up and can unwind in that final step.
Nov 30, 2011, 10:14 PM
a.k.a. Bob Parks
Someone already posted a swollen foot picture - we don't need any video

Also agree with Lee, - it looks like there could be more power in the last quarter rotation out of your body, looks like your arm is trying to do the last bit. AS if I could talk,this evening my launch was back to 120 ft.

BP
Dec 01, 2011, 03:48 PM
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no picture of my foot, it is still swollen and it hurt less before I filmed this at lunch....

OK one more video for your opinions.

I think it is getting better, I still hop a little in the middle. My launches with this technique were a little higher than with my previous method.

I am going to take a few days off from flying and let my foot heal.

More Launch practice (2 min 55 sec)


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