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Aug 22, 2005, 07:10 AM
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HighLight SAL/DLG from

After some afternoons throwing the BUG wannabe DLG it became time for something better. This summer I saw some people throwing the HighLight SAL and became very interested in decent SAL's/DLG's. I ended up at FrankenModellbau in Germany to order one. Costing almost $300, they shipped it last Friday. It was delivered this morning. Very quick!

The quality of the parts is outstanding. Everything is super light and looking quite need. Totally nothing to complain about! While unpacking I became curious, so I did balance the parts and wrote down some weights. I ended up with the following results:

Nose - 8gr.
Fuse - 18gr.
Tail boom - 15gr.
Elevator - 8gr.
Rudder - 6gr.
Wing - 126gr.

Total weight: 181 gram w/o servo's/reveiver/battery.

If I add the weight of 4 S54 servo's, 5,4 gram a piece, a Graupner R600 Light of 10 grams and a 4x Sanyo 110 mAh Ni-Cd battery of 30 gram, I end up with a weight of 242,6 grams w/o glue and stuff like that. Not bad!

Total: 242,6 gram.

Large box

Firmly packed

The parts

HighLight SAL - (advertising? 8O)

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Aug 22, 2005, 07:43 AM
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Hi Jorrit
Just picked mine up today. Looks great. Just getting over the shock of the minimal amount of bits you get, but I suppose it Makes you to think about the best way to build. I'm just figureing out the best and lightest method for mounting the wing servos. Thinking of keeping them in the fuz and linking them to the control surfaces by ball joint links. Got to find a few build threads, have you found any yet??

Aug 22, 2005, 08:28 AM
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MegaLight manual in German:
HighLight photo's, Japanese website?:
MegaLight thread in Dutch:
Lots of models listed:

But if you find any new site's or threads, I'm very interested of course!
Aug 22, 2005, 04:37 PM
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Thanks for this Jorrit.
Have seen some good ideas,,, the piano wire springs look good.
Haven't had much time to search for info yet, as I've had to repair my carbon boom,, I snapped it, getting it out of the car (ouch!!).
Now it's repaired with some carbon towes and some glass cloth.
I've fitted the fin with the slot method. I've also made a balsa tapered dowl which I've pushed all the way to the end and glued in place. Then I've taken out the extra balsa to open up the slot again. This gives a large area to glue the fin on to. Also I've re-enforced the joint with some glass cloth and wrapped some carbon towes around the boom, just in frount of the fin, to stop it splitting.
Also added some carbon towes to the inside of the pod.
Now I've got to wait for my servos to turn up.
How's yours comming??
Aug 22, 2005, 05:22 PM
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Found this one. Some good pictures.
Aug 22, 2005, 05:37 PM
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There is this one as well :

It was written a few years ago and the setup is not as light as it could be now. It was a great flyer though and with the special servo tray, the fuse was never broken. I still have a DXF file of that servotray and rudder horns should you be interrested.

Aug 22, 2005, 05:49 PM
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I am flying one of these as my first DLG and I love it!

4 cell 270ma NMIH batt - resoldered to fit in the very end of the nose.
FMA FS-5 reciever - right behind that.
4 Dymond 4.7 servos - right behind that - all in the Fuse

The provided pushrod system seems a little heavy to me...wish there was something lighter.

Don't know how you could possibly balance it if you put the aileron servos in the wing!

I have a 24g weight in the very front with the batt which brings the all up weight to 331.7g or 11.7 oz.

I am flying with a 9 ch Royal EVO. Launch preset is:
Flaps - Neutral
Rudder - Right 3 %
Elevator - Down 4%

It really helps to have the rudder mixed with the alerons for every flight phase except aerobatics.

Last edited by mercguy1951; Aug 22, 2005 at 06:47 PM. Reason: typo on weight
Aug 23, 2005, 03:28 PM
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Great sites! I'm watching a lot of pictures and reading threads all over the internet. Here you can find a good example of how to replace the rubber band and install a sort of spring on your rudders. Also went to a fishing-store to buy some line. Dyneema of 0,06mm thickness and a braking point of 10,6kg!! Should be up to the job don't you think?

I'm still waiting for my S54 servo's to arrive.

Did insert the wing-dowel today, and I did cut a servo tray out of 0,8mm ply. Did compare the weight to the same amount of GFK material, and this is the most weight efficient solution.
Aug 23, 2005, 03:31 PM
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Who sells it in the US? That thing looks amazing.
Aug 23, 2005, 03:38 PM
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This is my specs. AUW is about 10.2 oz (289.2 g). I could cut about 0.8 oz off if I use smaller/llighter servos like D4.7. The plane is balanced without nose weight.

4 cell 350ma NMIH batt
Electron 6 RX without case
2 GWS HP BB servos for RE
2 GWS HP+ BB servos for AIL
All in the fuse pod.
Aug 24, 2005, 06:16 PM
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I had a look at the wire spring idea, using the thinest piano wire, but didn't like the idea of all that tension held in place by a bit of depron. I've gone for the pull pull method and have got my 14lb braded fishing line. I've fitted the tail feathers and some glass patches where the control horns fit.
I've also fitted the wing peg, managed to get it slightly off center when measured wing tips to tail, but cured it before gluing the peg in. Next will be the tray but I too are waiting for my servos.
Aug 24, 2005, 10:25 PM
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Atlanta Hobby is carrying the line now.
I saw the quality of the wings, top notch..
Cliff is a great guy. Loves and knows gliders.
Aug 25, 2005, 05:52 AM
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You can also get it here
$310.00 shipped

Also here
$250.00 shipped

Different names but same DLG.


John Fruge
Aug 25, 2005, 06:20 AM
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The Highlight is the same as the Solo, Enigma and Megalight.
The Solo is $190,- at

They are working on the Highlight 2, a even more competitive DLG. Or Enigma 2 what ever you want.

Im flying my Megalight now for 1,5 year and it's a great plane for its money. It just weight 258 gram.
Aug 25, 2005, 06:36 AM
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There are a few good threads about the Enigma. Check them out for some building tips. I have an Enigma and the weakes part about the glider is the tail boom/fuse connection. The TB tends to split. The rest of the ship is great. Enjoy.

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