I dont know what it is, but a sailplane with a ducted engine on top seemed like something I cant pass up!! Plus I feel the price at a little over 100 bucks with the brushless they recommended was a steal!
Sorry to report that I do not have any pics of flight yet. I have about 10 flights on it and it is getting better every time. I haven't had a lot of experience with hotliners or gliders so the flight charecteristics are a little different. The bird is holding up fine except for the landing skid. The thing was so weak I ripped it off after the 3rd flight and lands much better on its belly anyways. Its got good speed but I end up pushing 3/4 to full throttle a lot i'd like to try and go up on the number of blades or the pitch of the edf. But my LHS doesn't stock much in the way of parts for edf's. I put some hitec HS-81mg's in the wing and i'd say it rolls very well for the big wing span! Its been a very nice addition to my stable of birds!
Finally got around to cutting off the rudder and hinging it. I used some Ultracote to cover the wood. I tapered the rudder at the hinge line. Used the Hangar 9 flex CA hinges. Works great. Now to find time to finish the rest of the build.
I just got one of these Sunday. I didn't see the thread here so I started one myself. All I have done so far is to attach the ailerons. Question? Do you have to cut out the foam on the nacel to get it to fit the balsa wood mount?
What power systems are you guys using? I'm going to use a Little Screamers Jet Scream 5100KV motor in mine. I'm just not sure if the stock 66mm fan is too big for the LS motor. I also have a new Alpha carbon fiber fan unit that everyone is using in the Alpha Jets with ther LSJS motors.
Are there any pratt falls to look out for in this build??
Is she fast? How much room is required to land her? I know some sail planes like to glide forever. Will it slow down pretty well for landing?
Did you use epoxy or CA to attach the landing skid? I thought it looked a little weak. I was thinking of putting a flat piece of CF along the bottom of the skid, but it sounds like it breaks off at the fuse. Maybe it isn't worth the time and effort. Sorry for the zillon questions but I thought I was the only one here with one of these!!:< I'm glad to hear yours improves with each flight!! I can't wait to get mine in the air!!
Well I got some work done on my Soar Jet tonight. Here are some pix. I purchased the Soar Jet from Randy at www.dynamoelectrics.com so I had to put a Dynamo sticker on the wing. Can't wait to get this bird airborne.
It really is a pretty plane with a nice finish and feel. I'm concerned about ESC heating and cooling issues - I just had a defective 100 dollar brushless motor melt my 30 dollar ESC, balloon my 50 dollar LiPo, and dead-stick-crash my plane.
My most expensive crash ever, and I fly an Axe CP...
After I recover from this and can check out of therapy, I'll finally get my SoarJet!!
Suggest leaving the skid off. There is a better way. Walmart has thin (.47mm), strong plastic sheets they sell for cutting surfaces. They can be found in the kitchen supplies. I believe there are 4 various colored sheets in the pack. There is plenty for many projects. Cut to shape, epoxy on the underside of fuse, you are ready to go.
That looks like a great idea. How much weight does it add? Have you flown your yet. Can you answer any of my questions in the above post?
I'm wondering if the LSJS motor will be a good match for the stock fan. If not I have a new Alpha fan with both 3 and 5 blade impellers. I just need to figure out how to mount the Alpha fan if thats the one I use.
BTW, I see you are new here at Wattflyer......WELCOME!!!