Originally Posted by IHAVAWDY
Sense there are so many
Eploder pilots out there, pehaps one of them would be so kind as to cut off
their " Hoerner tips" in the name of science, and report back to us on any
findings? Maybe Shrederman???
It would really
help this disscusion if we had actual studies done...
Well... I am a believer in winglets... However, the only model I ever "cut the tips of of" had one tip damaged beyond a simple repair. I made them in a great hurry and they were NOT my best effort. However, I had to tone down my elevator and aileron throws because of them. That Onyx JW would really slow down much better in thermals and was more stable. I have nothing to go on but personal flying of that model. It WAS a different, and better glider with the winglets.
That being said... If you guys want to get together and buy me a set of 3.5 X-1 St tips (white with orange tops, blue bottoms,) and send them... I'll cut the tips off and make a set of 5" RG-15 winglets and report back...