Xplorer 4.0 flying with ballast - RC Groups
Thread Tools
This thread is privately moderated by SoaringDude, who may elect to delete unwanted replies.
Feb 22, 2012, 10:02 AM
Team Hello Kitty
SoaringDude's Avatar

Xplorer 4.0 flying with ballast

At our local flying field yesterday afternoon trying out an 8oz ballast bar in 10-12mph winds. Impressions:
With ballast: Flys really well w/ 8oz bar, makes final approach more predictable in this kind of wind. One negative: it noticeably slows down response in thermal turns, makes it feel a little "laggy." However penetration is better and wins out overall.
Without ballast: You can definitely catch smaller thermals and bumps. You can land the plane okay w/o ballast in 10-12mph winds but you have to keep your speed up to buck the wind on final. I tended to land long on time until later in the afternoon. This plane responds very well to surfing into the wind with 2-4mm camber: it floats amazingly well in wind and allows you to stretch a flight out much better than my X3.8 (AUW 79oz).
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sold Xplorer 4.0 RTF crobinett Aircraft - Sailplanes (FS/W) 2 Jan 01, 2012 02:48 PM
Sold 4.0 Red Xplorer crobinett Aircraft - Sailplanes (FS/W) 1 Nov 21, 2011 10:27 PM
For Sale Xplorer 4.0 V Tail Fuse & Stabs for Sale Blayne Chastain Aircraft - Sailplanes (FS/W) 0 Sep 14, 2011 04:21 PM
Sold Xplorer 4.0 ST KNogy Aircraft - Sailplanes (FS/W) 10 Mar 13, 2011 12:48 AM