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Stark 2018 DLG

Product Code: STARK
 (5 reviews)

Price: $395.79

2 in stock

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The Stark 2018 is a superb discus launched glider from LD Models which has been compared with the Stobel for its outstanding performance. Its excellent wing design and slim fuselage give it the highest levels of performance, however it is easy to fly and will bring out the best in all fliers. The 2018 version we are now stocking has updated wing layups and colour schemes, making it lighter and more attractive.

The Stark 2018 is supplied with Checkerboard Carbon DBox layup wing. This is bullet proof and suitable for all throwers and all conditions. This strong layup makes it especially good for slope usage. XPS wing core.

The one piece fuselage is molded from spread carbon with a carbon carbon hatch. The tail has a small pylon on which the tailplane is mounted. The wings and tail are molded over solid foam cores, making the models much tougher and ding proof than hollow molded models of similar light weight. The aileron servos are usually mounted in the wing, with just the rudder and elevators servos mounted in the fuselage.

The aerodynamics have been optimised over three years, going through several iterations of airfoil and planform, with the final version a great improvement over their previous offering. The Stark DLG model is ideal for customers looking for maximum flying performance and model toughness, for the money. The finish of the parts is less good than some competing DLGs but this does not affect the performance in any way.

The main photos show the previous version and colour schemes. The current models have an all carbon fuselage.

The model comes with control horns and a nice throwing blade. Pushrod and/or pull-spring wire needs to be supplied by the builder. We recommend our HyperFlight 0.8/1.4 Pushrod Set and 20 SWG piano wire.

We don't have any build instructions but please study Oleg's build photos starting post #165 in this old RCGroups Stark thread. Also check out this newer Stark thread.

Stark 2018 Specifications
Wing span 1.5 m 59 in
Wing area 21.5 dm2 332 sq in
Length 111 cm 43.7 in
Flying weight from 233 g 8.2 oz
Wing loading 10.8 g/dm 3.6 oz/sq ft
Aspect ratio 10.4
Wing airfoil LD series
Dihedral 6.2º
Centre of Gravity 68 - 79 mm from wing leading edge
Controls Rudder, elevator, ailerons

Stark 2018 Typical Weights
Fuselage 36 g 1.3 oz
Wings (spread carbon) 114 g 4.0 oz
Fin 6 g 0.2 oz
Tailplane 6.5 g 0.2 oz
Accessories 7 g 0.2 oz
Total structure 169.5 g 6.0 oz
Wiring & glue 4 g 0.1 oz
Pushrods 5 g 0.2 oz
Receiver 6 g 0.2 oz
Rudder & elevator servos 10 g 0.4 oz
Aileron servos 18 g 0.6 oz
Battery 20 g 0.7 oz
Flying weight 232.5 g 8.2 oz

Recommended R/C
Elevator & rudder servos Ripmax SD100, Blue Bird BMS-101DMG, Blue Bird BMS-101HV, Blue Bird BMS-A10H, KST X08, MKS DS65K, MKS DS75K, MKS DS6100, MKS HV6100
Aileron servos Ripmax SD100, Blue Bird BMS-101DMG, Blue Bird BMS-101HV, Blue Bird BMS-A10H, KST X08, MKS DS65K, MKS DS75K, MKS DS6100, MKS HV6100
Receiver 4/5 channel rx to suit your transmitter, eg Spektrum AR6260, AR6100e, Futaba R6004FF, Orange DSM2 compatible, Jeti Duplex R5, Multiplex Mlink RX-6 Light & RX-5 Light
Battery HyperLiPo 2S 300 mAh, Nanotech 1S 750 mAh, Dream-Flight 300 mAh 4.8V

Control Throws
Aileron 6 mm down, 10 mm up
Elevator 9 mm down, 9 mm up
Rudder 13 mm each way
Flap-launch 2 mm up
Flap-fast cruise 1 mm up
Flap-cruise 0 mm
Flap-thermal 2-5 mm down
Flap-brakes 35 mm down

Reviews 5  

 Review by:

What a lovely glider! The Stark is my first DLG and I wasn't even sure when I was building it whether I would be a left or right handed launcher (I do different things with each hand/arm). However, I went for right handed so as to be part of the mainstream. The glider went together very easily - 4 in the pod - but I was astonished how delicate the tail feathers were and how thin the epoxy finish on them is.

Never having flown a DLG, I was a bit apprehensive on my first outing but no worries.
I did a couple of gentle hand launches to check and adjust the trims and then it was time to go for it. I took it very easy to begin with but had no real problems. After half a dozen or so launches, i was getting what I thought was a reasonable height for my first attempts. I have no idea what height I was actually getting but after about 20 minutes, I got a couple of 2 minute flights and was getting 90 seconds on most launches. This glider rocks!
I have only given it 4 stars though, because the paint job is not the best (orange logos on white). There is quite a lot of bleed of the orange onto the white paint. Not noticeable in the air but very obvious on the ground.

 Review by:

Stark 2017

Very good value for money. Ideal price for a beginner in F3K.
However, with no detailed build instructions it might be daunting for a beginner.
Just had a very flights so far quite pleased.

 Review by:

I own a Stark full carbon (Carboline - there is also a litle heavier Textreme version in production). First build AUW was 235 now (after a slight accident with the tail) 245g. So it can (easily - because I am no expert builder) be build lighter than the stated 266 g! My setup is 2 KST x08, 1 ripmax 100, magnetic switch, receiver and 1200mah 1s lipo.

It launches very high and has extremely good flying characteristics. It does, however, need quite a bit of ballast to handle Wind (over 5m/s).

I have flown it alongside Snipes and Streams and though it lacks in some areas it can play with the big boys and not lose face completly. I would VERY much recommend this glider!!!

 Review by:

Great great plane! Its a realy high launcher and floats really good. Building wasnt hard at all with some help from Neil, but you need some building experience then you need to drill wing and stabilisator screw holes and get the correct angles.

Finish is superb but be carefull to not lay down it on a dirty table then you can get bumps on it. I used 4 MKS DS65K servos and a 360Mah 2S lipo with bec and a Sanwa rx500 receiver and all up weight was only 240grams, and I could even get it lighter with less use of glue and lighter wingservo cables. Compared to the Blaster 3 the Stark floats better and launch higher but maybe a litte bit more sensitive on the control surfaces so use expo!

 Review by:

Stark Kicks Butt

I love this DLG!

Got the dbox/kevlar version to try out. It's a very straight forward build and the extra room in the fuse is very accommodating for your choice of electronics. The finish is next to the absolute best available anywhere at any price.

The launch is great, the float is even better...

It has no bad habits I've found yet, I'll be getting another as soon as soon as possible. Do yourself a favor and get one while you can.

All the best,

Eric Lanning, USA

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