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Sep 14, 2012, 12:06 PM
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do you guys think this is comparable to stock?

I'm waiting for the arf and if i can save a few bucks on a motor, i'm going to.
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Sep 14, 2012, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Citationfxr
After researching foam trainers for months (Fun Cub, Mentor, Sensei, even Twinstar II) I changed my mind completely after researching the Calypso. I'm hoping the slower flying speeds will make this a good experience with my son and for me to get back into RC flying.

This is my first foam airplane and overall I'm really impressed, I've built an Eagle 2 and Sophisticated lady years ago and was a little hesitant of foam but having a job, family, and acre+ of yard to maintain has changed that. First flight will be in a few days and I'll post results.

Radio is a Futaba 7C and although this has Any Link, I may just use the extra Futaba receiver I have on hand for peace of mind, maybe I'm worrying too much. For those on the fence, I can say that initial quality and packaging is very good. The only dent in mine is the hangar rash induced by my son handling a wing, not an issue, this thing is about the flying experience and not turning into an obsessive science project.
Thanks to those who have shared initial impressions. Take care and fly safe!
I would also switch to the Futaba receiver. The stated range on the AnyLink is 1000 feet. While that sounds like a lot, you can easily get a glider of this size farther out than that.

As for you dings and dents in the foam, there will be many along the way. Here is how you fix them.

Sep 14, 2012, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by txg8gxp
I'm starting to really like this plane. The main thing I did different was change the incidence of the horizontal, The rear needed to be shimmed up some. After the change I'm able to achieve level flight with little to no up elevator trim. The rudder and elevator seem to be alittle more sensitive now too, thats a plus. I'm also flying with 4 different flight conditions, 1 with alittle reflex ( really helps increase speed when tracking back and forth across the field), 1 with alittle chamber (helps slow it down while thermal hunting), 1 more with a few more degrees of chamber, and the last one is flaperons. I moved the servo pushrod closer to the aileron, this allowed me to get alot more flaps out of it. I'm probably around 40 degrees, with alittle elevator comp it comes to a complete stop and stays very stable. With that I have done it is super fun and flys great. I now like it so much I have pulled all the factory graphics off and painted my own design on it. Good ole Calypso.......Yeah, I'm from Texas :P
Could you elaborate on how and what you used to change the incidence,
my Calypso is requiring a lot of up trim to fly level.
Sep 14, 2012, 04:59 PM
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My friend has run into the tail incidence issue as well. He used a piece of aluminum foil folded over to about 1/16" to shim it but I think it could still use a little more.
Sep 14, 2012, 09:23 PM
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I personally used small piece of wood popsicle sticks, I'm at about a 1/8" of material. That took the tail from a -3.5 to -4 to about -.5, I plan to add just alittle more shim as I still have a small amount of up elevator for level flight, but I now only have about a 1/4-1/3 the amount that was needed stock.
Sep 14, 2012, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by drmwmc
Could you elaborate on how and what you used to change the incidence,
my Calypso is requiring a lot of up trim to fly level.
Better yet, could someone put up a photo?

Sep 14, 2012, 10:09 PM
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I don't want to tear mine apart right now buts its a easy mod, there are two plastic fins on the bottom of the vertical stab that go through the horizontal and into the fuse. Under the back tab is were you want to add some shims to get rid of the negative incidience. The use of a couple incidience meters would be best but if you can also get a good idea how close you are by the amount of trim needed for level flight. I added right at a 1/8" and that got me really close. If you don't have meter and are going to try the mod I would recommend adding a little up trim for your first test flight so there is no chance of the plane trying to dip down on launch, then you can just take the extra trim out once in the air. I hope that helps some.
Sep 19, 2012, 08:20 PM
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Latest update on my Calypso,
Trim is neutral with no adjustments needed. I flew it this past weekend at in the mountains of W. Virginia and she handles the slope and high winds with ease.
Today back at our field the lift was very light but she maintains altitude and 40 plus minute flight were easy.

I will be adding flaps during the week and hope to try them out next Wednesday.

Calypso's a keeper!
Sep 19, 2012, 08:45 PM
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Hi, cooper998.

May I ask where you have your CG? My friend and I are still getting his dialed in and we just haven't had many opportunities for trial and error but it seems a bit nose heavy at the recommended location.

Sep 19, 2012, 08:46 PM
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Cooper, very glad to here of your flight. Just wondering what batteries are you using in this glider? If you use different batteries such as 1300mah- 2200mah, how did she handle them?
Sep 19, 2012, 11:57 PM
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CG is right on the spar, tried it forward and aft and settled on the spar location as best for my type of flying.

I use the stock 1300 battery as well as E-Flite 1350mah 30c batteries. I tried a 2100mah but could not get it far enough back to balance the plane, besides with the 1300's I can get 5~6 power ups to altitude if needed and still have enough for probably an hour of flight.
Sep 23, 2012, 10:17 PM
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Just wanted to post a "first flight" report, make that a successful first flight report! Flight times weren't too long but there was very little lift and I was spending some time flying low, practicing approaches. Did five hand launches and only one bad landing which popped the canopy off, thought that was the end but everything was ok. This thing can definitely take some knocks.

Overall, I was very happy with how it tracks throught he sky and can be slowed down for landing. I used up a good portion of a soccer field but approaches were a little steep so no real surprises there. Landings seemed a little hot on approach but I was happy with how quickly airspeed bled off once leveled out and a few feet off the ground. Flaps will be interesting to try. Even with the stock battery all the way forward my CG was a hair aft of the spar so need some work there, the nose wanted to drop a decent amount once power was brought back, seems contradictory. The previous posts regarding horizontal stab incidence are definitely worth a review for me.

Happy customer, very rewarding to finally get something flying. This ship looks great cruising by, as if I need to tell anyone who owns one!
Sep 24, 2012, 09:34 PM
Eastern PA

Calypso down: update to post 102

Hobbico sent me a new fuse and she's back in the air. Still not sure what caused the signal failure. One thing I can't rule out, the Anylink connection between the tx and the module. It pushes in firm, but doesn't snap in place. I was seated with the rx on my lap when I lost signal to the plane. This could have dislodged the connection briefly. I re-created this condition on the bench, pulled on the wire a bit and lost signal to the rx.
I would suggest others using the Anylink to tape this connection to prevent loss of signal from occurring.
Anylink should improve on this design by adding a snap catch similar to what you see on automotive wiring connections. For piece of mind, I installed an AR600 rx. A dozen flights since then, still loving this plane.

Super customer service from Hobbico and special thanks to KRProton for the support.
Sep 24, 2012, 10:21 PM
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I'm glad it worked out for you Rabshell.
Sep 27, 2012, 04:48 PM
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Has anyone installed flap servo's "flat" like the aileron's are mounted? Don't care so much for the surface mount shown in the instructions. Any interference problems with the "flat" mount, just wondering why they would do this.

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