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Slite V2 2m

Product Code: SLITE-V2
 (17 reviews)

Price: $266.05

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HyperFlight are very pleased to be able to supply the iconic Slite V2 model. This is probably the most highly regarded model designed for the F3-RES 2m balsa glider class, and we have been trying to source it for many years.

In 2011 Josef Gergetz of SETA Modelltechnik started to manufacture high quality sailplane kits for the newly emerging 2m build up glider competition class. By the end of 2017 the demand for Slite V2 was so high that Josef Gergetz could no longer keep up with the production. Delivery times were up 9 months and it was decided to switch the production to lasercut technology at a larger manufacturer. It has taken this long to complete this process, but now we are able to quickly supply this model to customers world-wide.

The Slite V2 uses a slightly modified version of the highly regarded AG24 - AG26 airfoil family by Mark Drela. To allow accurate construction of the originally very thin trailing edge the rear of the airfoil was slightly thickened. It gives high lift with comparatively little drag over a wide range of lift coefficients (Cl). Compared to the Pures V2 the Slite V2 has improved L/D, especially at higher speeds.

The wing of the Slite V2 is, like the Pures V2, is built as an open rib construction over very strong wound carbon fiber tube spars. To reduce sagging of the covering film between the ribs two extra sub ribs are used between each full rib. This ensures the wing profile conforms much better to Mark Drela's original airfoil than other built-up designs.

A balsa jig is supplied to ease positioning of the numerous ribs, ensuring the wing is built in an accurate and speedy manner. The laser cut structure is almost identical to the previous CNC version as there was nearly nothing to improve.

What is new? Besides the new lasercut production, the components are now numbered to ease building. Furthermore, there is an excellent multicolored construction plan and richly illustrated building instructions (in German, but see the English translation here. Please see the Slite V2 and New Slite Available RC Groups threads for more English language build info.

Wing construction
The optimised design uses wound carbon fiber spar tubes, a tapered tail boom and pultruded carbon fibre tubes for the leading edge. The Slite V2 has a three piece wing and is built as an open tubular spar rib construction. The wing joiner is made of 4mm steel wire and is positioned directly in the spar tube. The flat inner wing (with the central airbrake) has an elliptical planform. The elliptical mid panels are joined to the center panel with a dihedral of 8° and are fixed with a specially milled plastic clip to make sure that they don't slip out during the flight. No need to tape anymore! The lightweight tip panel is joined to the mid panel with a dihedral of 12°.

Fuselage construction
The front of the fuselage is made from balsa with plywood reinforcements and plywood formers. Behind the wing, the wooden fuselage joins the CRP tail boom (wound, tapered carbon fiber spar tube) which is supplied slotted to take the fin. Two holes are already drilled for the horizontal stabilizer pylon and the slots for the bowden tubes are already milled out. The CRP tail boom is manufactured in the same way as the tubular carbon spars of the wings to similarly minimise weight and maximise stiffness. The fuselage is wide enough to fit a single 2600 mAh Li-Ion cell.

Tailplane construction
The Drela HT12 mod profiled tailplane is constructed with balsa ribs, CRP tubular spar and a balsa leading edge.

Electric Modification
The Slite fuselage is very narrow, being only 26 mm wide at the front. Most electric motors will be too large to fit but the Vladimir's Models Snipe 2e Powertrain could probably be made to work with only minor modifications.

The kit consists of carefully selected and numbered laser cut balsa and plywood parts. All small parts and good quality linkages are included in the kit. RC components, glues and covering material are not included.

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
Aspect ratio 10.4
Wing airfoil AG24 mod / AG26 mod
Dihedral (EDA) 11.0º
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

Recommended RC
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.

The original V tail version, the current Slite V2 flies even better.

We received this very useful electrification suggestions email from a good customer. See the last (composite) photos above.

At the start of March 2020 I bought a SliteV2 from you and have already sent you a first inspection review. Build is now well on with flying surfaces finished and am working on the fuselage. I did say to you that I intended to electrify the model but only for sport purposes. You may be interested if others enquire in my how to do it notes.
I am surprised how simple it proves to be. Firstly I did not use the two small diameter motors I bought from you as I found a 23mm diameter inrunner lying in a idea what make it is, but it does run nicely on two cells using an Overlander 20A ESC (this latter may be a bit of overkill but better safe than sorry.

Stage1. The nose needs its height and width increasing slightly. For scale my spinner in the photo is 30mm diameter.
First build the fuselage as normal from the boom mount forward to and including the main former (R11)at the leading edge of the wing.
DO NOT glue the fuselage internal ply edge strips (R3,R4)to the fuselage sides forward of this and do not put any vertical strengtheners (R5,R6,R7) in place...
Also omit the servo tray (I was moving mine elsewhere anyway.)

Stage2. Get a supply of finger clamps or clothes pegs ready. Treating one member of R3,R4 at a time you will find there is enough flex in them to be moved slightly vertically while remaining attached at R11. This was a real bit of serendipity. I moved them as far as i needed (see photos) and using PVA clamped and glued them in their new position.
Repeat this for all 4.

Stage 3. DO NOT throw away the matrix balsa sheet (76.02) the fuselage sides came from (you didn’t did you!). Why...... well the curved balsa infills you will need to make up the new fuselage sides on R3 and R4 are already there for you (clever eh...)...... see photo. Cut our and fix these as required.

Stage3. I decided I needed a square section at the nose in the old R9 position to be sanded down later to merge with the spinner.
To this end the thick balsa block holding the unused nose pieces has just enough scrap to include my
initial rectangular blank for my new nose block which will go where R4 was and behind the prop spinner. I will use the actual spinner to mark out a 30mm circle on the front face and sand to that when attached.

Stage4. Other issues. All planking top and bottom from R11 forward will need widening (but you will be well capable of that if you are building this sophisticated, delicate and detailed machine anyway). This also involves widening the removable hatch which I believe will fit quite happily after the above operations. As a side issue I have decided to make my hatch longer anyway to ease access to battery, ESC and servos all in one go. Do not forget to put in place any vertical ply strengtheners from the R5,R6,R7 set but these will all need to be a tad longer..... again the matric sheet of timber will help. The removeable hatch will need its clever vertical rails angle-ing a bit to match the new fuselage side internal width.

The overall result I find very pleasing as the width and height of the nose has not been enlarged to anything that spoils the natural taper of the fuselage from the tail boom forward and the mod uses no more materials than are already in the kit.
Photos will follow of the completed machine....

Best Regards..... Paul S

Reviews 17  

 Review by:

Slite ready for covering.

Amazing kit with superb precision laser cut parts however it does require model building experience as the build instructions are sketchy, although the build log link is useful. The German pamphlet provides basic visual steps supplemented by a bizarre English translation but the plan on its own is a work of art.
Mistake 1. when building the wing centre section (misled by the usually helpful build log) I glued each ply rib trailing edge reinforcement to each rib individually before assembling the wing. Definitely only do this after adding the trailing edge as itís far easier and achieves a better and more accurate fit as I later proved on the outer panels.
The stiff outer leading edge rod is very difficult to ďcurveĒ and fix to the tip, I ended up filing a 50% taper for about 5 cm from its end to make it more willing to follow the tip LE profile.
Mistake 2. locate the elevator servo nearest the nose as if you donít the rudder pushrod will be too short (I found out too late and had to cobble an extension to it at the servo end).

5+ stars for the kit however barely 3 stars for build instructions nevertheless itís a brilliantly engineered design.

 Review by:

Slite'ly awesome

Superb quality kit. The wood selection and the laser cutting are the best I've seen in any kit. Probably not a kit for the inexperienced builder as the structure is intricate and some parts are fragile until framed up, but for for someone with a few balsa builds under their belt it goes together superbly.
I was intending it as a slow winter build but it was so enjoyable I put in some long shifts and had the airframe complete in a week.
I like to 'tweak' so I extended the tail boom by 95mm to make the tail moment arm a little longer. I figure this will make it more predictable in pitch, he standard design is quite short coupled. You can use the spare bit of main spar tube to extend the boom but you will need a bit of tapered tail boom tube to use as a joiner, luckily i had just the thing in my spares box.
Really looking forward to getting this one in the air.

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Slite V2 Reprise

I have had the opportunity to fly the Slite V2 on a few more occasions since my initial review, and I've learned that despite flying RC gliders since the mid 1970's, and having been away from the sport for a decade or so I didn't know as much as I thought!
Neil from Hyperflight suggested that for less delicate handling in pitch it might be worth moving the centre of gravity forward by a few mm.
This I duly did and today I am happy to report that this glider is in my opinion the best thermal soarer that I have ever flown.
The model still goes up in lift like nothing I've ever had, but now the handling feels very purposeful and elegant. todays conditions were windy and from a direction that's not great at our site, but warm with thermals coming through, and the Slite handled the conditions better than I had hoped and so I feel very happy with the flying outcome - that is 10/10!
The ability to fine tune characteristics to this level is great and took me by surprise, this model will teach me a lot I think!
Thanks again Hyperflight.

 Review by:

Slite V2

Ordered the Slite Kit along with recommended Hyperflight Nimh flight pack and Bluebird Servo's.
All arrived very quickly and well packaged, so no damage or issues before I got started.
I think the whole build took me about 30 hours and was rewarding and fun!
Its been awhile since I built an rc model (23 years or so) and I was gobsmacked as to the ease of construction and the accuracy of the parts supplied - on that note I was impressed that all of the accessories save covering, rc gear and nose weight were included which helped with building the model as close as possible to the planned spec.
The build really went without a hitch, everything fitted well and the illustrated instruction booklet although in German made the build easy to follow and identify the parts.
So nothing to report on the build, I think that anyone with a model or two under their belts will have no problems with building the Slite.
In overall terms I added 20g of nose weight and the all up weight came out at 460g which I was amazed at.
So to flying, and the maiden off a restricted length bungee (10/50M) delivered a 37minute flight so I can't complain! This model goes up like nothing I've ever flown and handling was good save for neutrality around the pitch which I'm still getting used to- think "stays where you leave it" and you get the point!
So overall 10/10 for Hyperflight on delivery and recommended accessories and 10/10 also for the quality of the kit.
I'm at 8/10 for the performance only because I have got to get my head around the longitudinal stability, but once I have flown it a few times more this will be 10 I'm sure!
Lovely model highly recommended!

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Thank Neil! Slite V2 arrived promptly and unscathed in your bombproof packing. I've been modelling for...gasp...60 yrs. This is a beautifully designed and executed kit. Best materials, layout and cutting I've ever seen. Frameable plan! Bet I can throw this one into lift in 5 throws or less...

 Review by:

Slite V2

The kit looks amazing, the lazer cutting looks so intricate and precise, can't wait to start the build. Packaging and delivery was first class as is to expected from Hyperflight, thanks again Neil :-)

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Slite V2 - Third Time is the Charm!

I built more than my fair share of the original Slite, and when this version came along, I found I was initially disappointed. Initially! I completed my third example last year, and I can now enthusiastically recommend this airplane. My current example flies very straight, and delivers the goods time after time. Mine is built as per plan, with these two exceptions: I substituted carbon rods for the steel wing joiners, and truncated the rudder to fit the finished bird into my travel box. The key to a good build is to assemble the wing panels, but without the trailing edges. When all else is complete, remove the panel from the board, and tape, clamp or weight the trailing edge flat on your board. Apply glue, and carefully position the wing upside-down, right on top of the trailing edge. It will come out straight! I've never been able to build the Slite v2 as light as the original, but in the end, if you set the CG at the plan location, it will fly fine, in light lift or wind. I wish there were a V-tail version, but oh, well.

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Slite V2

I purchased this model a few months ago with the intention of building it as slowly.
The kit (along with other items) arrived very quickly, and was very well packaged.
This is a beautiful kit, the plan is full size and it very easy to follow using the supplied instructions (in German) and an English translation on the iPad.
I mainly used Gorilla wood glue as I prefer the addition working time this affords.
Everything slotted together perfectly, and is all well thought out.
I covered using Oralite throughout, fitted KST X08 servos in the fuselage for the rudder and elevator, and a Bluebird 101 HV in for the spoiler, this fitted very well indeed just needing 2 screws to hold it down flush with the spoiler frame.
Iím using a Hyperflight 300 NIMH battery right up front and itís needed 25g of lead to balance.
Iíll be updating the flying set up of the F3/F5 RES Facebook site.

 Review by:

Slite V2

I purchased this model a few months ago with the intention of building it as slowly.
The kit (along with other items) arrived very quickly, and was very well packaged.
This is a beautiful kit, the plan is full size and it very easy to follow using the supplied instructions (in German) and an English translation on the iPad.
I mainly used Gorilla wood glue as I prefer the addition working time this affords.
Everything slotted together perfectly, and is all well thought out.
I covered using Oralite throughout, fitted KST X08 servos in the fuselage for the rudder and elevator, and a Bluebird 101 HV in for the spoiler, this fitted very well indeed just needing 2 screws to hold it down flush with the spoiler frame.
Iím using a Hyperflight 300 NIMH battery right up front and itís needed 25g of lead to balance.
Iíll be updating the flying set up of the F3/F5 RES Facebook site.

 Review by:

Slite V2

Excellent quality wood and laser cutting. Well packaged. Only downside is that the instructions are in German and no translation supplied. Overall excellent - can't comment on how it flies as I am mid build.

HyperFlight reply:
There is a translation of the manual, see Slight Manual EN Translation

 Review by:

A 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.

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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:

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:

Slite 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:

Slite 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:

Slite 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:

well made product, wish we had english instructions

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