Flight report for the Travel Adventure....Finally finished the ship last month...On the first flight everything was spot on...Incredible hang time and goes up in the lightest of thermals....It goes up well at 1/3 to 1/2 throttle with a direct drive motor spinning a 10X6 propeller on a 3 cell 1300mah lipo...Michelle, my girlfriend, flies it well...It's her Birthday present!!
Late last year I built the Purito glider kit along with an additional electric fuselage to give me both options with only 1 wing. This did, however, involve building a duplicate horizontal tailplane, because this is not supplied as part of the electric fuselage kit. No problem, as the parts and layout are shown on the original glider plan. The effort was definitely worth it, as I now have the best of both worlds!
The electric version was maidened very recently in extremely light airs and was an absolute delight. A worthy competition model indeed - or just great up the hill. Having the option of electric 'get out of jail free' gives additional confidence to be more adventurous in exploring unpromising conditions. The Purito-E excels in these sort of conditions and so you rarely end up needing the power anyway. A very gratifying model that I doubt will be easily beaten for fun and performance.
To complete my earlier building review, I can now add that the slope flying experience with the Purito has proven to be excellent. Even on unpromising days it manages to float gently on the 'thinnest' of air. Trim can be quite sensitive, but once you find the sweet spot it responds wonderfully and indicates gentle lift very well indeed. Excellent light weather model.
I cannot overstate how impressed I am with the Introduction. The kit is beautifully produced, and goes together like a Tamiya plastic model. In less than a month of very relaxed building, I was ready to test fly today. I have been building and flying RC model aircraft since 1974, and in all that time, have never had a model fly "off the board" until today. Not a single click of any trim was required. I cannot recommend this model enough.
Having not built a sticks 'N' glue model for a very long time and having
M. S. I was dubious about this purchase. However the build was not difficult at all even with my disability (shaking hands) it went together with ease,tricky bits including threading lines to control surfaces and the springs there in.
Build was made easy by the excellent ALT. Build log which I studied beforehand, but most helpful was the laser cut parts and high grade choice of timber. Timber cut from sheets suitable for purpose.Dont confuse this cutting with old die cut. All parts are perfect and need just a light sand to remove the tiny remaining tags holding it to the sheet.
In conclusion this kit was a pleasure to work on and covered with Oralite weight came out below (157.23 grams) the minimum weight of 198grms.also the wings finished perfectly true, I feel because of the excellent design. I would highly recommend the ALT. to anyone beginning or returning to this wonderful hobby...if at 64 I can you can.. Oh thanks Neil the hinge worked at treat.
I always used Hitec in all my models..they seem like clunky old chunks these days compared to the KST servo range, which when you've used you quickly forget about the alarming cost & just drool over their precision & performance..I used these tiny gems in the tailplane roots of a Redshift instead of the binding control rods..neat remedy & worthy of consideration in any smallish area control surface..never used such a tiny servo in such an application..but this is the tech we have now so bye bye Hitec small servos..
This is a perfect conforming shaped spinner cap for certain models & is worth the expense just to satisfy that obsessive desire to have the finished airframe look just so..not withstanding the cost! Aero-Naut cool nose are almost half the price & as strong & allow the ingress of cooling air if needed & the mtor mount allows it...but ..the look is a compromise in certain applications..the quality of VM is great as is the design of the prop hub so the blades tuck in tight & provides minimum drag & neatness..if you use the correctly shaped blades that also conform..
Arrival was a little late, probably because of Christmas and Corona. The package had some dents in the packing material, but the box and contents of the product were not damaged and arrived safely. I am very happy that I was interested in the airfoil used by VAIANA and was able to purchase it. From now on, I will start assembling while having fun.
I ordered 5 of these servos(1 spare) to use in a Stilleto Lift DLG. I had noted the comments re centering so I made a small degree quadrant and using the longest arm - found the centering accurate ,before and after bursts of auto movement - under no load conditions. Installed on the flaperons - the servos again accurately centred. However friction could be a problem and I was careful to eliminate this - watch for stiff live hinging and to much curvature in the pushrods.
having purchased a Vortex 3 from Neil , (now built & flying ) I also purchased a ballast set, which arrived a couple of days after the DLG, Im glad I did get these as the glider is very light (220gr ) & I found that it needed some extra weight to achieve a good air speed in anything but still air , 230<240 grs seems about right in good conditions , easy to assemble wires & well molded lead weights just clean the wires & CA onto the wire , I covered mine with heat shrink tube to stop them rattling inside the fuselage ,
Having completed the kit and taken it out on its test glide I'm really surprised at how well this little glider goes. I test flew it in 12mph winds which wasn't ideal but it's really manageable, has a surprisingly shallow glide angle and despite the dihedral was pretty much unaffected with side winds. I'm completely sold on it now and I'm looking forward to getting it onto the slopes! The build log's really useful but watch the siting of the elevator horn, I had to re-locate mine further outside of the "wedge" allowed for the rudder movement. I may even try a Spinnin' Birdy next!
Has been waiting for almost 3 months. Once I got the notification that the plane is back in stock I had order it immediately. The plane itself looks perfectly made and perfect finish. All of the parts you need is included. I also had order the recommended servo from Blue Bird. I still have to start building it and hopefully will maiden soon. Big thanks to Neil for a perfect customer service!
having had several DLG models from Hyperflight in the past, I decided to order a Vortex 3 from Neil last September, it arrived the week before Xmas, packaged as always in a really strong box . I wasnt disappointed , super fit & finish all the necessary parts included, Using KST08 servos the build was easy because everything is on top & there is loads of room in the nose, the only criticism I would make is ,the horrid printed plastic servo trays in the kit , they are hard to trim & very brittle, ply would be better & easier to work. all built up with a2s 300 lipo connected to a micro pico switch & 5v ubec & rx all easily fitted in the nose, CG came out at 64 mm back, all up weight of 220 gr, build was made easy by watching Roy Dors excellent vids on youtube. test flew new years day, bit windy ,but all was well, needed 30gr ballast to get enough energy into the model to fly well. . it seems to me that 220gr is too light for all but dead calm days, flys best at around 235 -245 gr .I did purchase the Vortex ballast & wing bags at the same time ,worth doing I believe, quite expensive overall but an excellent very strong glider made to a very high standard , thanks again to Neil at Hyperflight for a first class service.
OK, it wasn't a good idea to mount the motor with hot melt glue. On the second bench test the motor/gearbox got hot enough to soften the glue allowing the gearbox to rotate and wind up the motor leads. Fortunately no major damage, will have to rethink the mounting.
bought this to give me something to do over winter making wings and tail plane to match. fuselage is good quality and well made - carbon from the rear of the hatch. need to cut out rudder or go rudderless there is a single blind not already fitted. wing is retained at front by dowel with a recess in fuselage. great service from hyperflight.
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.
The Hacker A10-7L motor was a good choice, it leaves plenty of space for the motor wires so no danger of them rubbing against the rotating motor. The only problem was fitting it as it doesn't have conventionally spaced mounting screw holes, here's how i did it.
I decided to use the motor with a 32mm hyperspinner and as the gearbox shaft on the motor is short the spinner had to be mounted as far down on the shaft as possible. To do this I opened out the central hole on the motor firewall to 15mm using a Dremel to match the gearbox diameter, inserted the motor/gearbox through the hole and placed an O-ring around the gearbox as far back as possible. I then put the spinner on the shaft and pushed the motor/gearbox back until the clearance between the spinner was approx 1 mm. The spinner was than removed and the O-ring superglued to the gearbox. Hot melt glue was then run around the gearbox behind the O-ring. Pushing the gearbox back until the O-ring touched the firewall gave the correct position when the glue set.
I also found that the tailplane mount was set about 4mm too far back meaning that the elevator would foul the fin, trimming the bottom of the tailplane mount at the front solved that. The tailplane mount also needed sanding along one side to ensure the tailplane was perpendicular to the fin.
Next, the elevator snake run at the tail end bends at too acute an angle and puts strain on the servo, I trimmed the back of the tailplane mount and extended the slot on the boom where the snake exits forward to smooth the angle and reduce the friction in the snake.
Finally, the system of restraining the snakes in the tailboom (5 round ply formers with holes and a slotted length of balsa is so delicate it defies assembly without breakage so I left it out, my non-electric circle dancer flies fine with the snakes glued only at the front and back.
This is an addition to my first review. Don't panic Neil nothing negative...
Your Feathercover is accompanied by a note of temps for tack, sealing and shrinking.. (thanks Neil). Burn it.! Or at least disregard the temperature aspect the iron you use is king establish your own glue/tack, seal and shrink temperature with just a very small square or so, a set of temperature s for the iron in use can be found. Also allow iron to cycle a time or two
First heat it tends to run high...
I have tried three irons,all work well, all claim different temps doing the same job. Instructions say just a guide. It should read irons are a law unto themselves.
Feathercover is great and strong. Just don't believe your iron,its out to get you. 😁
Replacing firewall on new Plus X.
When this arrived I thought it was some sort of composite product. But in preparing it for gluing, it is metal covered in some sort of grey/ green coating. I trimmed the fuselage just in front of the existing firewall, cut it out, and with some minor sanding the mount fitted perfectly. I'm fitting a Powerline motor. It looks as if it would suit Xpower motors as well.
So this was a fun glider to build.
I've only flown it once so far, but I'm excited to be having the opportunity to have this to fly for the summer ahead....
I used the Hyperflight drone motor combo with excellent results.
The build can be seen on RCGroups
This is a beautifully manufactured kit with great emphasis on lightweight materials. Its intended for the 2.5m (F5J) class flown in Europe. The instructions are rather basic and you may need to refer to construction pictures on the manufactures site. I fitted the machine with 6 x bluebird BMS10 metal servos which looked rather small in the wing servo cut-outs but do the job as well as KST x08s. A wing wiring loom needs to be made to suit the narrow conduits. Lightweight twisted cable from hyperflight is recommended. I powered the model with an XPower 2915/12 Xlight (72g) , an old YGE 40amp ESC and an Overlander 900mAh 3S lipo . Its little OTT but the climb out is sparkling. I can recommend this motor over the Dual sky out-runner mentioned by the manufacturer as the Xpower avoids any issues with finding clear space for the motor cables. This model has a long fuselage and needs the all this power pack weight up of up front to get the C of G in the range 90 -95mm from the leading edge. The model is easy to fly and is nice a stable for competition work. The flaps are very effective and make spot landings a joy to practice. It would be worth investing in a small battery screw driver to help secure the wings and tailplane to the fuzelage as a standard driver becomes tedious by the time you have fitted all the nylon screws.
Feather cover, well it certainly lives up to its name, because of this it is a little tricky to work with at first. It is very light but after a trial or three (in the main to establish correct settings on the iron.irvine iron the dial is imprecise and worth setting up the thing before covering in anger.) covering has a good tack and shrinkage is adequate. Overall feathercover is good and on the model much stronger than I at first thought.Final finish is good and I had no trouble in getting wrinkles out and a tight faultless cover... And colouring with permanent marker for a stripe or two works well. Overall I am very happy with it and would recommend. colours next please feathsrcover.
This is a great little unit and finally (through no fault of HyperFlight) I have received my second HyperFlight 30A BLHELI-32 with SBEC & XT30 Plug. The freight time was a little longer than usual but I put that down to the COVID situation. Well done Neil and Staff.
As a kit designer and manufacturer I was really excited to see the Alien appear on Hyperflight, and it was a must have toy. Its not often I take the plunge on a model I didn't design myself and really happy I did. Whilst the build hasnt started yet due to other commitments the quality of the components and the fit and finish is exceptional and more that meets my own expectations. I fully intend to do a mini review of the model when I start construction and will share my findings with Neil.
Ok, on the good side, the metal yoke seems to be good quality and well made so I don't doubt it will work OK. The plastic spinner is available separately I believe.
Not so good, The bottom of the spinner extends below the metal yoke so you need a reasonably long motor shaft . I'm going to have to trim the spinner down for it to fit on the shaft properly which will mean that the spinner diameter is reduced a little. . Next, the blade retention pins appear to be held in solely by the the side of the spinner pressing on the end of the pin. I presume this will work but it doesn't fill me with confidence.
I've been flying the dream for 2 month as of this review. I typically fly almost everyday on small beach dunes, my outdoor videogame. The glider is very adaptable, stable, and maneuverable. Outfitted with the Xpower storm and 4S power, I don't toss just let the power pull it out of my hands. I have had it in medium strength thermals, and it did ok for a heavier glider, medium flaps and the turn radius was within 15 yrds. I didn't care for the carbon control rods and re-fit with 4mm, the other supplied hardware isn't top line but will work.
Already ordered the 2.8m version...if that tells you anything.
I got one of these for the elevator in an F5B model. Having used the brushed equivalent (5 per plane) these are quieter, and hopefully will be long lasting. The torque, cantering and low backlash make these ideal servos for this type of application. If I need to replace existing ones I will use these. Thanks for the quick delivery as usual!
Delivered 20 hours after ordering, excellent.
Build quality is very good. The only adjustment required was to make the carbon fibre wing joiners a bit thinner and to file out a small lump of glue in one of the wing joiner boxes. The tail boom is different from the one in the instructions so it took a bit of head scratching to work out the best way to mount the fin. in the end I glued in a balsa plug that was the length of the fin slot in the boom and when it was dry I cut out the slot for the fin leaving plenty of balsa for the fin to glue to, I also cut a slot using a dremel on the right of the boom just before the end for the rudder snake to exit, Waiting for a Hacker A10-7L 4:1 to arrive, the other motor suggestions looked to be a very tight fit, the inside of the fuselage is only about 28mm wide!
It's cheap, and it works - for a long time!!!. What's not to like? Here in New Mexico, at our high altitude, anything that spends time in the sun will get blasted eventually, but these flags stand up quite well. We can make our own fro less, I suppose, but these look way cool. Plus, there is always Neil's cheerful and responsive customer service.
We have come to rely on this particular high start rubber because of its consistency and longevity in use. Add to that the fact that it comes to us with eyelets for hooking up already installed, and it is an excellent bargain. To top things off, we get the deal with Neil at Hyperflight, so we know our order will be filled promptly and correctly.
Every positive review about this company is 100% the truth! They are top rate. A couple guys and I were talking at the field here in Texas. All of us agreed and only had nice thing to say. Oh, the plane is good too. I have bought two of them. Itís not a beginnerís plane, but once you know a little about whatís going on with DLGs itís a lot of fun to fly in light air.
Finally got a chance to finish the two Auri gliders I got for me and my girlfriend....What a great looking and great flying ship....My favorite thing (DLG wise) is hunting down those pesky low level thermals off the grass at the local park....This thing excells at that, as well as everything else!!!