|Snipe 2 Specifications|
|Wing span||1.5 m||59 in|
|Wing area||19.7 dm2||305 sq in|
|Length||108 cm||42.6 in|
|Flying weight from||205 g||7.2 oz|
|Wing loading||10.4 g/dm2||3.4 oz/sq ft|
|Wing airfoil||JW proprietary|
|Centre of Gravity||66-70 mm from wing leading edge|
|Controls||Rudder, elevator, ailerons|
|Snipe 2 Typical Weights|
|Fuselage||37.2 g||1.3 oz|
|Wings-light layup||93.0 g||3.3 oz|
|Fin||5.8 g||0.2 oz|
|Tailplane||6.0 g||0.2 oz|
|Accessories||10.0 g||0.4 oz|
|Total structure||152.0 g||5.4 oz|
|Glue etc||3.0 g||0.1 oz|
|Receiver||5.0 g||0.2 oz|
|Tail servos||12.0 g||0.4 oz|
|Wing servos||12.0 g||0.4 oz|
|Battery||21.0 g||0.7 oz|
|Flying weight||205.0 g||7.2 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|
|All servos||KST X08N, MKS DS65K, MKS DS75K-N, MKS HV75K-N, Blue Bird BMS-A10S|
|Receiver||4/5 channel rx to match your transmitter, max size approx 60mm x 25mm x 12mm eg FrSky X4R, Spectrum AR6260*, Futaba 6008HS*, Futaba R6106HFC *case removed|
|Power||HyperLiPo 2S 300 mAh LiPo, Nanotech 1S 750 mAh LiPo|
Review by: MikeSnipe2 first air
Flew for the first time today. This is my first competition level DLG. The build was not too hard but there should be a good time allowance set aside to build it unless you have done a few planes like this. The only real nit was getting a battery that would fit, I made a 200mA 2S that fits in front of the servos. Had just over an hour on both batteries but with all the new stuff to me going on I did not look at the voltage before I took them out. The low volt warning did not go off though.
AUW came out to 226g.
I liked flying it as much as I thought I would--great fun to fly-- now to get ready for my first F3K meet.
Review by: Brian Rivas
There is only one word to describe the Snipe 2: stunning - yet even that barely does justice to the sheer beauty and impeccable fit and finish of this glider, which is surely the Rolls-Royce of DLGs. I have been flying Vladimirís Models for about 10 years and have always been impressed by their design, faultless production and superb performance. But the sight of this thing took my breath away.
There is plenty of information on Hyperflightís and Vladimirís sites on the differences between this and the original Snipe, differences that are confined to the fuselage and control linkages, yet I feel the Snipe 2 is greater than the sum of these changes. The fuselage is a completely new design that is much stiffer, very sleek and slender, and the interface with the fin has a greater gluing area with the result that everything aligns perfectly without need for adjustment.
Although I havenít started work on my Snipe 2 yet, I have given some thought to the installation of the gear - and some thought and foresight are needed here, for due to the very slim nosecone things will not fit quite so easily as on the original Snipe. Although there appears to be plenty of space, if the battery, four servos and receiver are installed in-line there is a strong likelihood that the battery will slightly snag the front of the nosecone (at least, all the batteries of adequate capacity that I know of). I donít like the thought of that. I have seen a photo on a forum of a very neat installation, but the front edges of the battery project beyond the width of the fuselage. Contact with the nosecone is surely inevitable. However, I found the answer from a pic on Vladimirís site: mount the rx inverted on top of the rearmost servo, and this is an example I will follow.
I shall be using 4 x MKS HV75K-N servos, 1S or 2S battery, and a Storm S603 rx. Although suspiciously cheap, I now use the S603 on all my gliders. They have all performed faultlessly and have a huge range.
As I said on my review of the original Snipe, no ever regretted buying the best. With the Snipe 2, to coin a well-used phrase, the best just got better.