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Old 05-07-2015, 01:16 AM   #1
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Hello All;

Took the Great Planes Electrify Spectra (ARF) out again. Second flight this time.

My Brother had bought this in 2004, but he never got to see it fly. He passed away not long after he bought it. So, it went on the shelf and never flew. Till now, I replaced all the electronics in it and took it up for the first time April 29, 2015.

Then yesterday I took it out to the field again. And this is the second time it flew.

1. First I had a instructor take it up for a trim flight.
2. Then I flew it a little, then handed the radio to another instructor, so he can land it while I took these pictures.
3. Then I launch it myself and flew it, then landed it.

When all people says that this thing is notorious for tip stalling, I now know what they mean.
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:22 AM   #2
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just keep the speed up when landing and you should be ok, dont slow it down to much, Nice looking power glider, I get to fly it Next Flight LOL , Dont worry, I wont fly it inverted 1 ft off the ground, maybe 2 ft

I may be getting Older, But I Refuse to grow Up I am Having to much Fun to Grow Up LOL
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They are a fun plane and nice to learn on. You hit any thermals yet?

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Simple cure for the tip stall... Heat the tip panel's covering while applying twist to bring the trailing edge up. you want appx 1/4 inch up at each tip.

A little washout cures it every time. They are actually supposed to have it.
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Thermals no, it was a very cloudy evening. Probably won't be out again for maybe a week. All of April's rain decides to dump on us now. Out of about 2 weeks now, maybe we had four nice days, then there is the wind. Not chance to play. Next Tuesday looks promising though.

I used to fly sailplanes/gliders 26 yrs ago, took a long nap (discovered computers).
I had 2 Gentle ladies, a Drifter II, and Aquila 99". I have a Aquila Grande in the basement to fix and finish. I've also bought 2 Sig Riser kits. The 2 meter and the 100". My Avatar is the Aquila Grande.
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Originally Posted by fhhuber View Post
Simple cure for the tip stall... Heat the tip panel's covering while applying twist to bring the trailing edge up. you want appx 1/4 inch up at each tip.

A little washout cures it every time. They are actually supposed to have it.
Thank you, I will try that.
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Did you replace the brushed motor and the NiCd battery? I hope so.

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Brushed motor wouldn't be all that big a deal. Appx 30% motor weight saving for same power.
Moving to LiPo is a major improvement. 2X the energy stored in less than half the weight.
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Yes, at the beginning I asked about it on RCGroups.com

I replace it with a Turnigy brush-less SK3 Glider Drive 3850-960kv, 40 amp HK Blue Series Sbec ESC, and a 2200 mah 3S 30C Lipo with a 11x6 folding prop. The glider drive fit right in without making any adjustments. I have the esc up in the canopy. And I put marks on the inside of the fuse for the battery. And that is velco in. And the radio that I am using is a FlySky FS-I6. I had a club instructor look at every thing before launching the second time.

Thank you all for your time and information, really appreciate it.

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Hi All;

Well I went out flying today, it was a bit windy. 13 mph East winds, tossed in at 75% power and then full power. Went vertical a few time. Out of 3 batteries (2200mah 3s 30) got about 7 flights out of them.Need more batteries lol. Since I had the field to myself, it didn't take long. Maybe 2 hrs. Had fun though. Wish Hobby King get there blue series programming cards in. I can't set the brake on the prop. And since our runway is pretty much North and South, I had to cross-land. coming in faster than I wanted to. But I did good, no problems. My nervousness is going away, yippee.
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