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Dec 12, 2011, 10:38 AM
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OK guys, I finally got time to put together my Polaris. I know this thread mentions something crazy like "Rudderless DLG" or some such nonsense, but I thought you'd all be interested to know that I maidened my Rudderful Polaris yesterday at the TPG Encinitas Field. Mine is the +/- 30degree spread tow version, and weighs 9.2oz. latterally ballanced, and with the added rudder servo.

Impressions:

Great Handling. As you would expect with that humongous fin, stiff fuselage and perfect proportions, the Polaris handles really well. I have some tweaking to do on my program to improve the full-flap landing approach manuevering, but having the rudder really makes this flight regime sweet.

Very solid feel. Even as I was putting this together it was apparent how solid this glider felt. Especially since this is the light version. In fact it feels so solid that I think I have to keep reminding myself that care should be taken if launching during windy conditions. Wind up and release is clean, comfortable, and efficient.

Launch: I flew yesterday in about a 5 knot breeze, and have been a little out of practice in DLG launching. So, what I estimate to be about an 85% power launch, with a fairly aggressive rotation after release sent the Polaris up vertically with a very satisfying, but subdued woosh. Subjective analysis is that the launch is very competitive to my CX2's

More flying to come, but so far, this glider seems very nice, and since mine has a rudder, it is just that much nicer.

Thanks Jonas and Jonas, you guys have done very well indeed.

Happy Holidays to everyone. Less than two weeks of shopping time left.

Cheers,

Mike Smith
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Dec 12, 2011, 10:44 AM
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Man seems like the Polaris is picking up steam. I am still very impressed with mine and hope to have a second very soon.
Donnie
Dec 12, 2011, 11:03 AM
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What Donnie said +1

I'd like to see inside that fuse Mike. I know we have lots of room for the additional servo, I just haven't seen it. Pictures, Pictures!!!

Have fun with it!

Eric
Dec 12, 2011, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by FLY F3B
OK guys, I finally got time to put together my Polaris. I know this thread mentions something crazy like "Rudderless DLG" or some such nonsense, but I thought you'd all be interested to know that I maidened my Rudderful Polaris yesterday at the TPG Encinitas Field. Mine is the +/- 30degree spread tow version, and weighs 9.2oz. latterally ballanced, and with the added rudder servo.

Impressions:

Great Handling. As you would expect with that humongous fin, stiff fuselage and perfect proportions, the Polaris handles really well. I have some tweaking to do on my program to improve the full-flap landing approach manuevering, but having the rudder really makes this flight regime sweet.

Very solid feel. Even as I was putting this together it was apparent how solid this glider felt. Especially since this is the light version. In fact it feels so solid that I think I have to keep reminding myself that care should be taken if launching during windy conditions. Wind up and release is clean, comfortable, and efficient.

Launch: I flew yesterday in about a 5 knot breeze, and have been a little out of practice in DLG launching. So, what I estimate to be about an 85% power launch, with a fairly aggressive rotation after release sent the Polaris up vertically with a very satisfying, but subdued woosh. Subjective analysis is that the launch is very competitive to my CX2's

More flying to come, but so far, this glider seems very nice, and since mine has a rudder, it is just that much nicer.

Thanks Jonas and Jonas, you guys have done very well indeed.

Happy Holidays to everyone. Less than two weeks of shopping time left.

Cheers,

Mike Smith
Rudders are for ******, it's a joke. I may build my next one with a rudder you never know.
Donnie
Dec 12, 2011, 11:13 AM
Jens Hoffmann
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How good is it, compared to the TwisterII.
Dec 12, 2011, 11:18 AM
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Never flown a twisterII, but have seen many fly. It is every bit as good as a TII from the standpoint of non-casual observer.

Mike
Dec 12, 2011, 11:20 AM
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Mike,

Where did you put your hingeline for the rudder? Any pictures of gear install?

Brian
Dec 12, 2011, 11:25 AM
Where is the lift?
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Donnie's done quite well with a twister II and a Polaris. I suspect he is waiting to fly the Polaris more in various conditions before giving us a full report.
Dec 12, 2011, 11:27 AM
Where did my plane go???
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Originally Posted by NCDLG
What Donnie said +1

I'd like to see inside that fuse Mike. I know we have lots of room for the additional servo, I just haven't seen it. Pictures, Pictures!!!

Have fun with it!

Eric


Plenty of room for another servo! I have not felt the need for a rudder yet. But I'm not against it I'm giving it a few months to truly learn the plane.

HUGH
Dec 12, 2011, 11:35 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FLY F3B
I know this thread mentions something crazy like "Rudderless DLG" or some such nonsense, but I thought you'd all be interested to know that I maidened my Rudderful Polaris yesterday at the TPG Encinitas Field. Mine is the +/- 30degree spread tow version, and weighs 9.2oz. latterally ballanced, and with the added rudder servo.

Mike, it's totally okay to use training wheels!!
Dec 12, 2011, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by isobar
Mike, it's totally okay to use training wheels!!
Ah, I see. If you are only using the rudder as "training wheels" you may miss the nuanced essence of clean coordinated flight.
Dec 12, 2011, 11:44 AM
Where is the lift?
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Hugh, does that receiver say "Rectum, ARGGG" on it? The pics kinda fuzzy! Lol. J/K

Charlie
Dec 12, 2011, 12:11 PM
Where did my plane go???
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Originally Posted by cptsnoopy
Hugh, does that receiver say "Rectum, ARGGG" on it? The pics kinda fuzzy! Lol. J/K

Charlie
As much as I like poking fun at myself.... That was a good one! Fixed it for ya!



HUGH
Dec 12, 2011, 12:20 PM
Jens Hoffmann
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FLY F3B
Never flown a twisterII, but have seen many fly. It is every bit as good as a TII from the standpoint of non-casual observer.

Mike
I'll look forward to that, Hopefully pilots that fly both can tell the big difference.
Dec 12, 2011, 12:27 PM
excelling at mediocrity
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Rotflol


Nicely done Hugh. That is a riot!

Classic.

John


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