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Oct 03, 2012, 05:13 PM
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Canopy is fiberglass construction. No problems with 2.4. Just checked.
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Oct 03, 2012, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by AlpineDSacro
Out of interest what does your X2 3.8 weigh please ?
64.1 oz or whatever that is in grams

the 3.5 is 59.6 oz
Oct 03, 2012, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by ak79
64.1 oz or whatever that is in grams

the 3.5 is 59.6 oz
Lets say it is 1.8kg. At this side of the ocean it will do. Nobody measures the planes to accuracy of grams

Nice weight for light weather.
Oct 03, 2012, 06:23 PM
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1.5kg 4.0 ;)


Tuomo, I've got a 1.5kg 4m.... What should I do with that?

I was going to sell it. But it's just too cool...
Oct 03, 2012, 06:32 PM
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I would like way more rudder in both the 3.5 and 3.8 I am at max rudder input's constantly, especially with low level lift.
Oct 03, 2012, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by ak79
I would like way more rudder in both the 3.5 and 3.8 I am at max rudder input's constantly, especially with low level lift.

I had that same experience when I was flying too far forward -

I noted your post back a page or two -

" fly mine at 119, it is a 3.5 X2, the weight is down to 59oz now. I find with a further aft CG and the plane being so light it gets way to wobbly and bobbly. I always have to push down to keep it tracking, especially if there is any breeze. I prefer to be nose heavy with this model. "

I think that is a factor

Maybe you could find a more functional happier medium at least at 123 and you may find your rudder inputs are better - in fact they become totally responsive at about 126+ and I have rarely had to use full throws even when I hand launch into a low level thermal.
Oct 03, 2012, 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Daryl Perkins
Tuomo, I've got a 1.5kg 4m.... What should I do with that?

I was going to sell it. But it's just too cool...
Its obviously 1 full Kilo too lite - so its crap and you should sell it to me.
Oct 04, 2012, 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Daryl Perkins
Tuomo, I've got a 1.5kg 4m.... What should I do with that?

I was going to sell it. But it's just too cool...
Xplorer2?? Better wake up early so that you are in the field before wind picks up

Seriously, not thinking of dlg like low altitude flying, does this plane fly better than the normal light versions? I am thinking of floating and distance flight.
Oct 04, 2012, 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Tuomo
Xplorer2?? Better wake up early so that you are in the field before wind picks up

Seriously, not thinking of dlg like low altitude flying, does this plane fly better than the normal light versions? I am thinking of floating and distance flight.
Yes, it's a 4m X2. One of only a couple so far, I am told, out of the prototype molds. It's a very special model. Nan built it for me for this past worlds. It was blowing too hard to ever use it in the prelims. But I did use it for the first round of the flyoffs. I was off in about 1.5 sec., then I landed about 2.5 sec early with a 41 cm landing negating any advantage I had. I got it too late, and never had the time or conditions to practice with it.

It has opened my eyes about lightweight models. AND, the sections that will be required for these uber light weights. The X2 section lends itself very well to a light model. I never thought I'd encounter conditions that it would prove to be an advantage in, but I was wrong. I used it pretty much exclusively at the WSM. (Except the two insanely windy rounds) And I flew it dry most of the time.

My point is, don't immediately discount the light X2's. They work... And they work at a lower AUW than I ever expected to happy with.
Oct 04, 2012, 06:50 AM
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I am not an X guy, but I admit that picking up DP's X2 LT was a moment that I thought was not doable in this day and time. When I picked it up, I asked Daryl, "Did you ever expect, even five years ago, a ship this big and this light?". He looked at me and said, "No Way".

I have never even sticked an X of any type, you do not see any around the midwest on normal days, but this one ship is so unique, I think it needs to go to the AMA Museum.

Marc
Oct 04, 2012, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Daryl Perkins
Yes, it's a 4m X2. One of only a couple so far, I am told, out of the prototype molds. It's a very special model. Nan built it for me for this past worlds. It was blowing too hard to ever use it in the prelims. But I did use it for the first round of the flyoffs. I was off in about 1.5 sec., then I landed about 2.5 sec early with a 41 cm landing negating any advantage I had. I got it too late, and never had the time or conditions to practice with it.

It has opened my eyes about lightweight models. AND, the sections that will be required for these uber light weights. The X2 section lends itself very well to a light model. I never thought I'd encounter conditions that it would prove to be an advantage in, but I was wrong. I used it pretty much exclusively at the WSM. (Except the two insanely windy rounds) And I flew it dry most of the time.
Thanks for sharing the experience. I have a very new 4m Xp2, still not flown. It is normal weight and I am mostly interested in flying it in normal conditions. Should cover ground really nicely

But it crossed in my mind how light fuselage and foam tail would change 4m Xp2. Can we expect a light 4m Xp2 to hang better than alight 3.8? Given equal wing loading, increasing span maybe mostly improves glide? And probably the shorter span version will launch quicker/higher and turn tighter. Hmm...

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Originally Posted by Daryl Perkins
My point is, don't immediately discount the light X2's. They work... And they work at a lower AUW than I ever expected to happy with.
My 2kg AUW statement, Dave seems to remember so well refers to Xplorer with original airfoil. At low weights it floats very very nicely but no matter how much ballast, it is not my favorite plane windy or active conditions.
Oct 04, 2012, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by OVSS Boss
I am not an X guy, but I admit that picking up DP's X2 LT was a moment that I thought was not doable in this day and time. When I picked it up, I asked Daryl, "Did you ever expect, even five years ago, a ship this big and this light?". He looked at me and said, "No Way".

I have never even sticked an X of any type, you do not see any around the midwest on normal days, but this one ship is so unique, I think it needs to go to the AMA Museum.

Marc
Yeah. About the time they pry it fron my cold dead hands...

I told Bob I wanted to sell it, and get one EXACTLY like it early next year. His response was something like ," Yeah D, better hang onto the one you've got. You're not world champ anymore... "
Oct 04, 2012, 09:07 AM
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LOL!!!

It is sweet DP, Marc
Oct 04, 2012, 09:22 AM
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Marc, There are many builders make light models like DP's light 4m.

The one thing they all these feather weights have in common is that they are specialty airplanes.
You have to watch the launch stresses, andthey really show wear and tear quickly.
They are not an airplane for the avergae clubby. In addition you have to be on your toes while flying them. They don't appeal to me since I end up flying in the real world. LJ
Oct 04, 2012, 10:07 AM
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Wow Mr. Wizard, tell me more???

Thanks for filling in the obvious Larry. All my comments were made for was to reinforce of how this is the biggest/lightest rc sailplane I have seen, that is all.

Marc


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