|Slite V2 Specifications|
|Wing span||2.0 m||77 in|
|Wing area||37.0 dm2||574 sq in|
|Length||124 cm||48.8 in|
|Flying weight from||440 g||15.5 oz|
|Wing loading||11.9 g/dm2||3.9 oz/sq ft|
|Wing airfoil||AG24 mod / AG26 mod|
|Centre of Gravity||TBA mm from wing leading edge|
|Controls||Rudder, elevator, spoilers|
|Slite V2 Typical Weights|
|Bare structure||300 g||10.6 oz|
|Covering||50 g||1.8 oz|
|Total structure||350 g||12.3 oz|
|Wiring||6 g||0.2 oz|
|Receiver||6 g||0.2 oz|
|Rudder servo||9 g||0.3 oz|
|Elevator servo||9 g||0.3 oz|
|Spoiler servo||5 g||0.2 oz|
|Battery||52 g||1.8 oz|
|Noseweight||3 g||0.1 oz|
|Flying weight||440 g||15.5 oz|
|Rudder & elevator servos||Ripmax SD100, Blue Bird BMS-101AMG, Blue Bird BMS-101DMG, Blue Bird BMS-101HV, Blue Bird BMS-A10H, KST X08, Graupner DES 427, ES08|
|Spoiler servo||Ripmax SD100, Blue Bird BMS-101AMG, Blue Bird BMS-101DMG, Blue Bird BMS-101HV, Blue Bird BMS-A10V, ES08|
|Receiver||4 or 5 channel receiver to match your transmitter|
|Battery||HyperLipo 2S 300 mAh, Dream-Flight 300 mAh 4.8V NiMH, HyperFlight 650 mAh 4.8V NiMH, Dream-Flight 700 mAh 4.8V NiMH, 1S 2600 mAh Li-Ion cell.|
Review by: Dick RuckA Ring of Truth
I read the reviews here before buying this kit, plus spending a fair amount of time on the forums, and I can only add that they are all accurate. Neil is well known for his superb packaging and I wish to add that that his customer service is equally as good - both before and even months after purchase. Thanks Neil!
As for the kit... The quality is outstanding, both in wood selection and accurate CNC cutting. So accurate that using the supplied jigs I did not have to use the plan for the entire build. The fuselage was such that when I pulled the tail end together the sides met perfectly and the shape was true around the centre line.
When I maidened the Slite (8mph wind) and started to extend the bungee I discovered that she went up vertically and was very stable during weaving on the line.
A pleasure to both build and fly.
Review by: John BarrowSLITE v 2
This is a superb 'builders' kit with laser cutting to die for. Its made by Gruner who also make the "INSIDE F5J" and the winging layout is very similar. I decided to fit a Haker A10-7L geared motor as launching aid. The fuselage needs another 5mm in height and 4mm in width at the nose to accommodate the motor. I used a 28mm VM spinner with a 13x8 GM prop also from Neil. The battery is a 3S 450mAh Lipo. I used Bluebird BMS101DMS servos which are the only ones that would fit under the wing. The same servo is a perfect fit in the spoiler bay. The all up flying weight with battery came out at 515g which included 10g in the fin to compensate for the motor wieght. I flew it for the first time today and am very pleased with the performance. Those of you who enjoy building will certainly enjoy the sheer the quality of this kit. The RC groups thread for the Slite is mainly related to the early version from a different manufacturer and not this v2 so don't be put off. Although there are no english instructions I had no difficulty understanding the superb colour print plan combined with the pictures in the manual.
Review by: Anonymous
Next day delivery and really excellent packing....the type you keep 'because it is bound to come in useful sometime..!' Lovely to see a coloured and highly detailed plan with all the parts numbered on both plan and wood.
The quality of the wood laser cutting is the best I have seen as is the quality of the balsa and ply chosen. This a a beautifully engineered glider. I would claim that you do need prior building experience even though the german instructions are well illustrated. All parts are of course cut to the correct size but the order of 'events' and the glues used will have an effect on the final strength and performance. I have not actually started yet because I have some repairs to do on my Bird of Time but the package is a great incentive to get them finished so I can get this obviously high performance machine into the air. I am investigating launches via a small electric motor 6" x 3" folding prop and ESC......these will not have to be to competition standard as I only sport fly. I think I will just about be able to fit same into the existing fuselage by slightly widening at the nose. The fuselage is 26 mm wide at that point so a 23mm dia motor from Hyperfilght should fit. I look forward to a theraputic build.
Review by: AnonymousSlite v2
Firstly, I ordered this kit and some servos etc. and everything arrived next day in very sturdy packaging so top marks to Hyperflite.
I have built many kits over the years but this is by far the most precise and well designed kit using jigs rather then building over traditional plans. Everything was high quality and precisely cut. In general the model went together very well but it was fairly fiddly in places. The instructions are all in German so I downloaded a pdf and used google translate for each section which worked out fine. There are a few oversights in the instructions such as no mention of installing the wing locator pieces but nothing that can't be easily worked out by looking at the plans. One thing I found strange was having a removable stabiliser but the control linkages are glued in place with no snap link! Again something that is easily fixed but when so much thought and detail has gone into the design this is a little suprising to find.
I have installed 3 x ripmax sd100 servos but as others have mentioned in the online build logs they were installed further back then shown on the plan to allow space for the battery. It seems the design was originally based around a 1S lipo but moving the servos back makes has made space for a 800mAh NiMH. I had to also remove a small former (F4) in the wing to fit the spoiler servo and allow the spoiler to fully close.
The finished model is very light and looks fantastic (transparent Oralite shows of the intricate design). I've no doubt it will fly superbly but I haven't had a chance to fly it yet. I had plans to fly not only from a bungee high start but for light winds on the slope but it might prove to be a little fragile for slope use.
I have given 4 stars due to the complexities of changing things around (something I feel most people would need to do) but overall a fantastic kit that promises great performance.
Review by: Jon VanceSlite V2
I purchased the Slite V2 and the Pures V2. The quality of the kits and overall design is outstanding. These two models have been a joy to build. And of course, Neilís service is excellent. Order today in the states and receive your merchandise in less than a week. Great job!
Review by: Andy SephtonSlite V2
It a complex and in places a very fiddly build, but it does make up into a high performance sailplane. The instructions are in German - I found that a translation was pretty much essential to building the model. The limitation on the instructions and the complexity of the build reduce my rating from 5 to 4 stars.
Review by: Anonymous
well made product, wish we had english instructions