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Apr 05, 2018, 02:40 PM
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Tower Hobbies Grande Vista EP Sailplane

it appears Tower Hobbies is getting ready to release a new sailplane based on their Vista sailplane, Called the Visa Grande EP. If it flies as nice as the Visa BL they may have a winner.

The specs are as follows:
Wing: One-piece, plywood and aluminum joiner
Covering: High quality self-adhesive see COMMENTS below
Brushless Motor: Great Planes ElectriFly RimFire .32 (42-50-800)
Electronic Speed Control: 60A
Spinner: 2" (51mm) diameter, matte black in color
Propeller: 13.5 x 7 folding
Warranty: Tower Hobbies guarantees this kit to be free from defects
in both material and workmanship at the date of purchase.
This warranty does not cover any component parts damaged by use or

Wingspan: 100" (2540mm)
Length: 49.5" (1257mm)
Wing Area: 616 sq in (39.7 sq dm)
Wing Loading: 14.1 - 15.7 oz/sq ft (43.0 - 47.9 g/sq dm)
Weight: 3.8 - 4.2lbs (1724 - 1905g)
Center of Gravity (CG): 3.5" (89mm) from the leading edge of the
wing measured at the fuselage
Control Throws Low Rate High Rate
Elevator Up/Down: 3/8" (10mm) 12 1/2" (13mm) 17
Rudder Right/Left 7/8" (22mm) 13 1-3/8" (35mm) 22
Spoiler Half 7/16" (11mm) Full 7/8" (22mm)
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Apr 05, 2018, 02:49 PM
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They've also got a video up on youtube about the Tori 2.0 EP, which appears to be a Fling 2m in EP form with ailerons added.

Those specs for the Vista Grande are pretty aggressive, that's a hotter power system than 2.9m 76oz Mystique uses.

The specs look odd, 616 sq in area is actually 62 sq in less than the 2m Vista. The wing loading is insane as well, but it matches the wing area listed. I'd bet that is supposed to be 916 sq in (which would be sane for the planform in the picture at 100" span) and give a 9.4 oz per sq foot wing loading (still porky, but in the right range).
Last edited by mawz; Apr 05, 2018 at 02:56 PM.
Apr 05, 2018, 03:01 PM
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I saw that video of the Tori. Looks interesting to me, can't wait to find out more about it.
Apr 06, 2018, 11:01 AM
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The Vista Grande looks great. Stinks to wait 2mo for it, hopefully Horizon doesn't kill the plane.

The Tori looks good. Except the 1/4" trailing edges.
Apr 06, 2018, 11:22 AM
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I don't have the true specs in front of me, but I would bet everything I had the area and loading are mistakes. It's a real floater,.. just as you would expect from an enlarged vista. The wing is a bit different as the center is flat so a single piece spoiler could be added (which is very effective by the way). However, It is still "sporty" like the vista BL. Not really the way it's intended to fly but it will do all the aerobatics, including rolling circles. I have not flown the Tori, so I can't comment on it.
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Apr 06, 2018, 11:48 AM
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Nice to see Hobbico/Tower coming out with new offerings.
Hope it helps to get more folks into sailplanes.
Apr 06, 2018, 03:39 PM
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Hay GWRIGHT how does it fly compared to the Vista EP.
Apr 07, 2018, 08:54 AM
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Is their any unexpected weirdness due
to having the spoiler in front of the elevator?

Apr 07, 2018, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Jennifer Curtis
Is their any unexpected weirdness due
to having the spoiler in front of the elevator?

Having a spoiler in the center section like that isn't unusual. It should be fine but might require some trim changes.
Apr 10, 2018, 02:59 PM
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Flies like Vista BL, just larger and can be more floaty.

Webpage will be corrected, not sure how quickly. Wing area is 1044 sqin (67.3dm2)
Wing loading 8.4~9.3 oz/ft2

What I remember from flying it (was many months ago) is that it did need some elevator input with spoiler. I'd just put a mix in it . No weirdness, elevator works just fine with spoiler deflected,.. it just changes trim of course.
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Apr 15, 2018, 02:07 PM
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Link to the Tower Page - $169
Taking preorders
Apr 19, 2018, 08:41 PM
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Assuming it weighs 4lbs rtf implies a wing cube loading of 3.3....very nice and floaty. Just may order one.
Apr 22, 2018, 05:06 PM
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Yep got my eye on this one
Apr 22, 2018, 07:35 PM
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I ordered one. $169 shipped seems like a steal - at least low enough to check it out.
May 10, 2018, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by pdansalvish
Wing: One-piece, plywood and aluminum joiner

Wingspan: 100" (2540mm)
I hope this doesn't mean a 1 piece 100" wing

Found some pics... it looks to be 3 piece, that's much better!


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