I picked up an old school powered glider a week or so ago and it had a cool "brushed" motor/gearbox setup in it. I don't want to change it so was in need of a brushed ESC. I had an old Castle Griffin that I thought I sold at our last swap meet.
So I was going through my old box 'o parts an lo and behold there it sat! Turns out I didn't sell it after all!!!
President - Smoky Mountain Aero Club, Sevierville Tennessee
That's the one .... he wants $60 cash ... pristine and all as original ... What I like about it - is the powered function and the folder prop. No need for bungee etc. It takes a common size 3S pack that I have plenty of.
Here's part of my 1980's collection and here you can see at back my Thermal glider and in front my Cross Country / Aerobatics Slope Soarer ..
In those days the Hi-Start was usually released from hook of model by dab of nose down and then pitch up to get ring of the hook .. occasionally if you got it wrong - the release didn't happen !
The guy in the video kneeling down by his model about 2mins in - was one the finest Flat Field thermal gliding guys I ever knew ... and often he would catch his gliders by nose in hand when landing ...
Must be something in the air. I picked up a glider on Thursday to build.
Nothing fancy, foam. And going as minimal as I can on power. If it wasn't for the weight/CG, I have a bunch of brushed motor/gearbox set ups laying around I could have used. Maybe for a bigger one?
When I die, I want to go like my Grandfather did, in his sleep...... Not screaming like the passengers in his plane.
Gliders are awesome, I Loved my 2 Meter Wander Glider that I built from a kit, That Glider taught me how to fly RC with a 2 channel Sanwa Radio system, I would Blush when I went to land it at first and did Amazing Cartwheels with it
but that glider would take the Punishment I gave it, I think the tough monokote covering had something to do with it even my 3 boys had a great time flying it, they got so good flying that Glider, to where i could hand over the controls to them, so i could open a bottle of miller lite beer they were able to land it too, so i never drank while flying, they did the flying and I did the drinking LOL
I may be getting Older, But I Refuse to grow Up I am Having to much Fun to Grow Up LOL
I'll second Chellie here. Though I've not had a soarer for a while, one's on the build list for this winter. We're moving back to around DC and my 'old' club with its quiet flight only site. Reckon a DJ Chrysalis is high on the shopping list here.
But there is an AstroFlight 035G in a box somewhere... Though maybe I'll skip the eight cell NiMh pack, even though I still have a charger for suchlike.
Favourite soaring memory. Back in England in the 1980s/90s, was this neat glider comp called 'mini glider'. Model spec was easy - 60" span, rudder/ ele only, balsa framework. At first, events were won by kids, who could throw up harder than old fogies. The 'Wonder Woman' launch hadn't been invented, so strong arm muscles were essential. To level the playing field, the ancients came up with a short bungee catapult launch - ten feet of bungee cord with 30' of string for comps. The organiser laid out three to five of these, staked out on a common line with good space between. You hooked up the glider, walked back to a marked line and let 'er rip. Everyone, regardless of age or arm muscles, got the same launch energy.
My Midwest Models 'Gnome' did fine, even won me a couple of comps, plus was great for chucking around a football pitch (that's a game played by two teams who kick a round ball around with their feet, BTW). I sold it when I left England, figured I'd build another in the US. Got here, found the US equivalent was made of Unobtanium and CF, with six microscopic servos of unbelievable price and involved throwing up real hard.
End of project.
Wish I'd bought another Gnome kit though, it was a lovely little glider.
First time I saw a Zagi was on holiday with wife ... I'd stopped model flying some years before and my wife / I visited UK.
I still had my yacht on the south coast and we went of on her for a few days cruise in the Solent .. (area that gives rise to my ID name).
Very early before sun-up .. she still sleeping .. I sailed out of Ryde Harbour and round to Priory Bay (Isle of Wight) ... where it was common for yachts to anchor and have BBQ's on the beach.
We anchored and then took dinghy to the beach ... while there a guy appeared and started to fly this 'wing' .. it was fast - well at least then it seemed fast. I got chatting to him and he showed me a Zagi with front tractor mounted electric motor.
My wife and I both reckon that day was the restart of my passion for model planes !
Photo - my yacht at Priory Bay ... yes the tide goes out leaving boat high and dry for few hours ....