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Snipe DLG

Product Code: SNIPE

Snipe DLG

See the new version of the Snipe - the even lighter and better Snipe SN

The Vladimir's Models Snipe is a revolutionary DLG, encompassing radical aerodynamics developed by multiple World Champion and professional aero engineer Joe Wurts . By running an exhaustive computer analysis of all phases of a discus launch model's flight envelope Wurts has produced an optimal aerodynamic design, allowing the Snipe to achieve extremely high launches while also having a wider speed range than contemporary models. The proprietary JW airfoil has been designed for maximal laminar flow while also avoiding separation bubbles in launch and cruise conditions. The tail has been specially optimised with new airfoils and planform. The horizontal stabiliser (tailplane+elevator) is mounted on a short pylon below the boom, and the elevator horn is cleverly recessed into the pylon to reduce drag. The vertical stabiliser (fin+rudder) is cambered to give more corrective force during the launch, reducing energy-sapping yaws, resulting in exceptional launch heights. The fuselage has a slot for the fin ready cut into the boom. As the fin camber is orientated differently for left handed and right handed throwers the model needs to be ordered with a suitably handed fuselage.

Even the best aerodynamic design is of limited use unless it is implemented in a strong, lightweight, and smooth airframe that can be assembled by the average modeller. Here Vladimir's Models has excelled, creating new technologies to produce a super smooth solid molded ding-resistant wing that only weighs 103 g to 115 g, and a model that can be built to a flying weight as low as 225 g (7.9 oz). The front fuselage is based on the Blaster 3 design, which has a fully removable slip-on nosecone, giving unrestricted access to the RC, and allowing a very easy servo installation. The rear pod design has been changed to allow internal aileron connections to reduce drag. The vertical and horizontal stabilisers are actuated by supplied pull-spring hardware, totally eliminating slop and saving tail weight. The kit is highly complete and very little work is required to get the model airborne. Just a few glue joints and fitting the RC is all that is required. All control linkage hardware is supplied.

Snipe molded wing construction

The wing design uses ground breaking solid molded fabrication techniques to maximise strength and toughness, while keeping weight to a minimum. The spar is constructed from high modulus unidirectional carbon flanges, which are bonded to the wing skin, these are kept rigid by a carbon shear web with a ±45º fibre orientation. The wing skins are made from Vladimir's Carboline ultra light spread carbon, ensuring rigidity and excellent strength. The aileron is mounted using a very strong yet free Kevlar living hinge.

Snipe molded wing flap construction

The wing mount consists of two cone shaped holes that mate with carbon mounting cones built into the fuselage. The conical holes are very strongly reinforced with carbon doublers on the lower and top wing surface, ensuring a long service life. The ailerons incorporate a spar and shear web to maximise stiffness and eliminate flutter.

The Snipe has the advantage in all phases of flight: its very light weight and low drag allow pilots to throw the model to amazing altitudes with little exertion, the JW airfoil and light weight results in a great rate of climb even in weak thermals, and the clean aerodynamic design and internal aileron linkages give an extremely good L/D and the ability to return home from long distances downwind. The combination of outstanding launch height and an exceptionally low sink rate gives great still air duration. Even at its low weight the Snipe can cope with average wind speeds well, however 30 g, 60 g or 85 g ballast pieces can be fitted internally, allowing the model to be flown in winds up to the FAI limit with confidence.

The Snipe achieved great success in its first competitive engagement, the 2013 F3K World Championships in Denmark, despite the fact that the model had only been distributed to the team pilots a few days before the event commenced. Of the 83 entrants four Snipe flying pilots achieved a top 12 position, and entry into the fly-off, more than any other design. In the fly-off Snipe flying Igor Butseroga tied with Henrik Vogler for first place with a perfect score of 5000. Unfortunately Igor slipped while doing an ultra quick re-launch in the unprecedented extra tie breaker round, giving first place to Henrik. Nevertheless this was an amazing performance by Igor and the Snipe, especially considering these were pre-production Snipes and the pilots had very little time to get used to them.

We are stocking the Snipe in two wing layups:

Standard: Spread carbon wing skin weighing 39 g/m². Weights as listed below.
Good for powerful throwers, all ballasts and all wind conditions. (Called plain Snipe on Vladimir's site.)

Light: Very fine spread carbon wing skin weighing only 26 g/m². Saves approx 10 g.
Better for average throwers, up to 30 g ballast and light to medium wind conditions.

We will attempt to stock both layups, but may not always manage this.

See these RCGroups Mega Snipe, RCGroups Snipe 2014, and FlyQuiet Snipe Build forum discussions for more info and flight reports. Also please click on the More Details links below to check out the kit contents and build manual

Snipe Specifications
Wing span 1.5 m 59 in
Wing area 19.7 dm2 305 sq in
Length 109 cm 42.8 in
Flying weight from 250 g 8.8 oz
Wing loading 12.7 g/dm 4.2 oz/sq ft
Aspect ratio 11.3
Wing airfoil JW proprietary
Dihedral 5.5º
Centre of Gravity 61-67 mm from wing leading edge
Controls Rudder, elevator, ailerons

Snipe Typical Weights
Fuselage 42.5 g 1.5 oz
Wings 115.0 g 4.1 oz
Fin 8.0 g 0.3 oz
Tailplane 8.5 g 0.3 oz
Accessories 10.0 g 0.4 oz
Total structure 184.0 g 6.5 oz
Glue etc 7.0 g 0.2 oz
Receiver 7.0 g 0.2 oz
Tail servos 14.0 g 0.5 oz
Wing servos 14.0 g 0.5 oz
Battery 24.0 g 0.8 oz
Flying weight 250.0 g 8.8 oz

Snipe Control Throws & Mixes
Rudder 15 mm each way
Elevator 7 mm up / 7 mm down
Ailerons 10 mm up / 8 mm down
Recommended snap-flap (elevator->camber) mix.
Full up elevator gives 6mm increased flaperon camber
Recommended flaperon settings. Down=Flap TE down.
Launch preset 1 mm down
Speed 1 mm up (small ail>rud mix)
Cruise 0 mm (a little more ail>rud mix)
Slow cruise and active thermal 1 mm down (more ail>rud mix)
Minimum sink 3 mm to 4 mm down (Slow cruise + slider camber)
Landing mode as much down as possible

Recommended RC
All servos KST X08N, MKS DS65K, MKS DS75K-N, MKS DS6100, MKS HV6100, JR DS285, Futaba S3155, Ripmax SD100, JR DS386, JR S185, JR DS188, Hyperion DS09-SCD*
Receiver 4/5 channel rx to match your transmitter, max size approx 60mm x 25mm x 12mm eg Spectrum AR6260*, Futaba 6008HS*, Futaba R6106HFC *case removed
Power SmartLipo 450, Rhino 2S 360 mah LiPo, HyperLiPo 2S 300 mAh LiPo

* The Hyperion DS09-SCD servos are excellent, but are a tight fit in the fuselage,
so the installation needs careful planning.

Snipes launching to 70m+

Snipe DLG

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