View Full Version : What do you sailplane gurus reccomend?
02-21-2006, 06:49 PM
Hi everyone, I have been thinking about getting a sailplane to add to the lineup. Should I go with a starter airplane or go to something more advanced that I can grow with?
02-23-2006, 08:43 PM
If you fly now I recomend for a first sailplane a sagita (if you can find a kit) best three ch sailplane ever kited.If you get one carbon fiber the spars wrap the wing rod boxes (I used kevlar) and make the rudder stright (take out the counter balance) sheet the top of the wings with contest balsa. then try to get it back on the ground..Tony
02-23-2006, 09:01 PM
Tony, thanks for the reply. Yes, I do fly now. I have been flying for a few years. Does that airplane have ailerons? You say it is 3 channels.. so for a sailplane that would leave the elevator, rudder, and ailerons = 3 channels. No throttle (if its a true sailplane).
02-24-2006, 07:51 PM
No its RES rudder,elevator and spoilers (blades that come up out of the top of the wings to "spoil" lift for fast decents. I do have models with ailerons.I have a Gifter It's 13ft with rud,elv,flaps,ailerons. all mixable also a 110' ship also full house.I have two Sagitas and two 2m ships.Have just built a Extra300 electric for a 05.I used to fly all power but got board.Now mostly fly sailplane.It's more challenging.And fly a few contests each year. You??
02-24-2006, 08:02 PM
Well right now the only thing that I have that flies is my GP FlatOut Extra 300s 3D airplane, which I must say is a BLAST to fly. I have had some battery issues with it so I am going to get a new battery tomorrow. I am building a 26% cessna 182 (check out my post in the construction hints/tips listing) and I am modifying my second GWS mustang to gas power (the first one crashed :lol: ). I also have a Hangar 9 Easy Fly 40 trainer that has had so many repairs done to it I think I am going to retire it this season. I had a 60 size extra 300s but put that into the ground last fall :cry: . I also have a scratch built 1/2A float plane. I didnt construct the wing very well and it warped so Ill have to replace that. Theres a few other issues with it, Ill work on it when I get the time to do it. Right now I have the mustang and the cessna to get flying. I have a tower hobbies trainer 40 on the way, my cousin isnt flying his anymore so I am going to buy everything off of him. Ill be putting floats on that when I get it.
I have never flown a sailplane so I am not real familiar with how they fly. I dont expect to have any trouble at all though. It will just take some getting used to.
02-25-2006, 12:20 PM
Very easy to fly,very stable because of the hight we fly at upto about1500f normal 2000 some times.to launch get a highstart.75 ft surgical tubing 400 f of monofilament with a chute on the end.stretchet at first to about 10lb of pull always into the wind.I use a winch,(car starter and battery with a foot switch) but take some getting used to without breaking wings.Thats what the carbon fiber and kevlar are for.If you want to learn about soaring see if you can fond a copy of Dave thornburgs Old Buzzard soaring book best book ever writen on model soaring...
03-02-2006, 12:03 PM
Check www.jutstar.com a lot of sailplanes and electric from Europe.
03-03-2006, 01:17 PM
Some of the classic sailplanes will be remanufactured by a new company that bought up DreamCastHobby. Planes like the Aquila, Sagittas, etc, etc.
I dont know when they will be fully operational, they said this year, but who knows.
Here's their temporary webpage:
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