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Old Jan 14, 2013, 05:34 PM
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Finished my Zephyr today.

Lot's of red as promised.
Looks good Stratigio, congratulations! Let us know how it flies.

I have been flying mine several more times but have not managed to thermal it properly (?) but I have had much fun, and it is still in one piece. I have not made reports because I have no photos or videos. I think my right arm has begun to develop... feeling sort of like a fiddler crab... but I can throw harder now and it doesn't hurt.

I have added a small hook, and have a light hi-start which I will use next time I go out. I hope I can find a helper to take some pics.

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Old Jan 14, 2013, 06:01 PM
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I think my right arm has begun to develop... feeling sort of like a fiddler crab... but I can throw harder now and it doesn't hurt.


Ricardo
I read an article where a guy hired a personal trainer to work out his right arm only specifically to launch his plane. It makes me think of the movie "Lady in the Water"

Old Jan 15, 2013, 09:10 AM
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@Dave: Sure is Capní. Aghrrr!!!

@Craig: It is beautiful by itself man, thanks to Mark. I just added fancy paint.

@Ricardo: Iíll be posting as soon as weather permits for a maiden. Finished with the trimming today and canít wait to see it airborne.

Hope this poor dude is not you...



Thanks to all of you guys for your nice words.
Old Jan 15, 2013, 09:46 AM
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[QUOTE=Stratigio;23820707]

Hope this poor dude is not you...

No, I'm much older...
Old Jan 17, 2013, 05:02 PM
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Now for the ugly one


We now have been shown the beauty and elegance of the Zephyr II thanks to Rocardo and Giorgos.

But ugliness (and impurity) is also a possibility. This little e-beast is on the heavy side for a Zephyr II (275 grams, 9.8 oz) but a mini-thermaling jewel.

Today she had a 40 minute flight (partially in the company of red shouldered hawks) in very nice conditions. Did several lengthy flat spins to avoid losing her.

This is a thrilling little thermal machine - very exciting to fly in thermals. Quite a speed range and a strong wing.

But she can get really tiny really fast in a boomer; excitment can quickly turn into terror.

This is my first mini e-thermaller and I love her.

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Old Jan 18, 2013, 03:12 AM
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Can't see the ugliness you're talking about, Craig. Looks nice to me. I detect some roughness on the motor-mount but with its own charm. Nice to hear that you enjoy it that much and I admit that I'm pretty jealous of you. The weather here hasn't even left a window allowing for a maiden flight yet and I can't wait...

I don't know how many of you guys have realized that there must be a connection with the red color and the Zephyr design. I don't know why but I can see that most of us prefer it on this particular glider. I've opened a thread in Greek here on the ZephyrII and I got some pictures posted (by our National Federation's president) with the Original Zephyr design published by the Aviation Modeler back in '81and guess what...

Lots of red on that one, too.
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I also think it is nice, Craig and interesting too, specially if it thermals so well and you are having a ball. Cheers,

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Old Feb 17, 2013, 04:19 PM
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Zephyr II loves the beach...


Playing boomerang at the beach: launch, fly a big circle (or two), catch. Lots of fun!
Old Feb 27, 2013, 09:28 AM
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Added a hook


Although I have had great fun hand launching my Zephyr, I haven't been able to reach enough hight to catch thermals. So I attached a hook and used a small hi-start: 40 m. of string and 8m. of light rubber tubing and a parachute made from a plastic bag. Amazing! It thermalled on the first launch. It seems like it doesn't want to come back to ground. The fun continues...
Old Feb 27, 2013, 01:09 PM
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Although I have had great fun hand launching my Zephyr, I haven't been able to reach enough hight to catch thermals. So I attached a hook and used a small hi-start: 40 m. of string and 8m. of light rubber tubing and a parachute made from a plastic bag. Amazing! It thermalled on the first launch. It seems like it doesn't want to come back to ground. The fun continues...
Richardo:

She looks very beautiful in the sky. Glad you you are experiencing the thrill of this little bird going up.

But be careful not to let her turn into a dot; it is a tiny plane and I came close to losing mine last week. But the wing is strong; she flat spins nicely and can be flown fairly fast (so far, so good).

Be sure to attach a label containing your name and phone number.

Wishing you many hours of thermaling thrills.

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Although I have had great fun hand launching my Zephyr, I haven't been able to reach enough hight to catch thermals. So I attached a hook and used a small hi-start: 40 m. of string and 8m. of light rubber tubing and a parachute made from a plastic bag. Amazing! It thermalled on the first launch. It seems like it doesn't want to come back to ground. The fun continues...
Totally awesome.

Out of curiosity ... are you on the east or west side of those large mountains in the background? Looks like beautiful countryside ...
Old Feb 28, 2013, 08:30 AM
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Richardo:

She looks very beautiful in the sky. Glad you you are experiencing the thrill of this little bird going up.

But be careful not to let her turn into a dot; it is a tiny plane and I came close to losing mine last week. But the wing is strong; she flat spins nicely and can be flown fairly fast (so far, so good).

Be sure to attach a label containing your name and phone number.

Wishing you many hours of thermaling thrills.

Craig
Thanks Craig. I hadn't done the name and phone number thing yet, but it is a good idea now... I am a bit paranoiac about loosing her so I get her out of the thermal well before she turns into a dot. I don't think thermals are very strong here, at least until now. To leave a thermal I just head her back towards me and slowly she starts to glide down. It is fun to catch another one half way down and start again.
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Totally awesome.

Out of curiosity ... are you on the east or west side of those large mountains in the background? Looks like beautiful countryside ...
Thanks Dave. I am on the west side of the mountains, about 1 km. from the sea, if you keep going west. Very desertic countryside, but beautiful indeed.
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