Just finished the glider kit and like all of the other reviews I must say the wood selection and laser cutting were excellent. The kit went together without any problems even with German instructions. I'm putting the final touches to an electric fuselage which is a copy of the glider fuselage that has a cropped front because of weight with a built up tail in the same construction method of the main wing, carbon carbon rod and balsa ribs. This has caused a slight problem due to being too lite believe it or not and I'm switching battery and electronic components around to find the correct balance. Just need a little less Corona for a test flight.
First of all, great service at Hyperflight thanks. This is a small fragile plan. A bit difficult build. There is very little room for servos, batt and receiver. There is no manual for this plane which I would have loved to have had. Flies great, can handle tough landings. Itís definitely worth the money.
I ordered an Elf from Hyperflight, it was dispatched within 24 hours and arrived at my doorstep in Australia in about a week. The model was well packed and arrived undamaged. The Elf is a work of art and no doubt it will fly as good as it looks. The service that Neil provides is first class and my other purchases have all received the same attention. I will not hesitate to purchase from Hyperflight again in the future.
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.
the kit is excellent, almost a jigsaw puzzle of a build, everything slots in where it should and fits almost perfectly, the only downside is that you have to print your own manual off unless your fluent in german, care has to be taken to ensure the fuselage stays straight, if you own a Jig this is not a problem, but the shear length of the fus will cause you a problem if your not careful, ailerons can also twist when covering if your over keen with the heat shrink, other than that it was a pleasure to build. flying wise it very simple and responds well to thermals and sink !! did suffer from wing flutter whilst trying to get out of thermal even with full crow, personally i would have liked another carbon spar in there. but keep the speed down to where it should be and you will be fine. overall a bargain and a great aircraft
Carboline SC26 / 2/45 Spread Carbon Fabric has been carefully packed and delivered. It is used only for the upper surface of the main wing of 1M class DLG, and the lower surface is made of micro glass. I think that the rigidity of the upper surface alone is enough.
Excellent service from Hyperflight as usual, good levels of stock of models and accessories. This model does not disappoint, looks good goes together well and flies great. First flight without ballast in 22mph wind was brilliant, second flight with 11oz ballast in 24 mph wind was even better. Got 12mm brass rod for wing ballast but needed to grind down to 10mm, 5 1/2 oz in each wing. MKS 6130 for flaps, KST X 08H for ailerons and KST X12-508 for rudder and elevator. A 1600 Life batt and a couple of ozs lead in nose balanced it as per instructions and no trim change was required.
I bought it in a set with Integrated system for Futaba servos. I was disappointed to get it without any instruction or manual. This is not simple product like a wooden frame. It has a lot of parts and connections between them. It was difficult for me to figure out how to connect the arm to the aileron/flap plug in. No even picture on site or in the item set. For this money (and from this storage) I believe we deserve one.
I now have 230+ hours on the S2, many contests and lots of flying. I have had a mid-air, hit trees and lost orientation where the plane ended up about three inches straight in like a lawn dart. I have been able to keep in the air with minor fixes for all of these mishaps with no new parts needed. Very well built plane that will hold up to the real life of a contest plane.
I have three of the next size down bags, recently bought a 4 metre Xplorer, the centre panel needed this larger bag, fits perfectly. Delivery was extremely fast (it always is).
Compared to my older bags the two dividing foam panels are thinner but they still do the job.
As a precaution I make sure that any protruding control horns face to the outside of the bag or not facing each other. 10/10.
Just got back from a maiden flight with the Mini Q. What a plane! Been flying slope for 20yrs and love small, quick and aerobatic gliders. This thing ticks all the boxes. 15mph wind and away she went. Beautiful axel rolls and good turn of speed. No hint of tip stall when I slowed her down into wind.
My advice, go with the recommended C of G. It seemed insanely too far forward to me but worked. Also donít forget the 3mm of up trim. Never had a model require this before but it works.
A lot of my friends use Zepsus. I find the Practical RC products more reliable. The microcontroller in the Practical RC switches handles the states better, with a defined state on power up (on) and reliable long term state. I never unplug my Picoswitches. Even after the winter my batteries are still holding their charge from when I stored them. I have observed how other switches randomly turn on during storage, deep discharging - and destroying - the battery. You will tell me, you just have to unplug the switch during storage - I am telling you use a switch from Practical RC and you don't have to do that.
Fit and finish is top notch for the money. Wings are very nice and the WMD version is extremely stiff with little weight penalty, 8 mm servos are required for the ailerons. Nice to find that a wiring loom was included with the kit, but curiously no snake for the rudder although snake ends are included. No problems with the factory fitted horns which speed up the building process. The fuselage is ideal for modern hi voltage set ups with lots of space for long Lion batteries, a small powerful servo is needed for the elevator as installation is quite tight.
This spinner was bought with the VM blades and fits near perfectly along the fuselage. They do show up that a fuselage is not straight. Very well made and the blades are razor sharp. They make a frightening meat slicer. Service and delivery was top notch as always.
Iíve used this trim several times before with great results on glassed balsa wings, also to make my Sapphire less invisible against sky however I was unsure how well it would stick to the texture finish of Oratex. Glad to say it sticks well and can be repositioned easily before final grab occurs and without lifting the woven surface. It isnít cheap but you get what you pay for, in this case an excellent product.
Very efficient speedy delivery.
I ordered 0.5, 0.8 and 1mm carbon rod so will review all in one review.
I have ordered from Hyperflight before and have been very satisfied with price and delivery. So it is this time with high quality products all in stock and super fast delivery well packed.
Top marks Hyperflight.
Bought to install in a 2m RBCKits RES-EAGLE for F3-RES competition off bungee it gives about 25mm adjustment in about 1mm steps. Very nice machining of alloy and steel parts and a nice 3mm ply template for a fuselage floor mounting slot. Would be even better if the lock hex bolt didn't protrude a few mm below the base as I think this technically breaches strict BARCS F3-RES rules. The alloy base itself seems to protrude slightly over 3mm so might need 1/8th inch ply or a 1mm liner inside to make really flush. Last ask: if the laser cut ply template was say 40mm x 100mm I could have used it directly instead if as a template. But for all that it's far nicer than I could hope to make! I will buy more for certain.
Unused as yet, hence the rating.
Very neat fit in a vladimir 32mm spinner.
Worth noting that the diameter on this centre piece matches the specified size. Other props Aeronaut/Graupner are usually sized based on a bigger middle piece.
Very light,slim and neat fitting blades.
Great little glider to put together , although manual could be updated as pointed by other purchases .
No missing parts and arrived in a very sturdy box and in good condition by ( parcelfarce )within a couple of days of ordering .
Nice to know the glider is well rated on RCGroups and Hyperflight as well ..
Switched back to KST X08 for my latest dlg as I want to use a 2s lipo and my current servos were not 2s compatible. Used plenty of X08's before from my first Blaster 3 that I had off Neil, through many other planes to my current Auri, and they have always been rock solid for me. Usual high class service from Neil, I wouldn't shop anywhere else.
Very pleased with the quality of the moulding. Iíll be using this on the slope.
The mid body plywood bulkhead where the wing spar would be now has a fiberglass bridge that makes the wing completely rigid. Well done.
The fin needs a little fettling to get it to fit, but once the gel coat is sanded off the mating surfaces, thereís very little that needs to be taken off the fin sides to get it to fit. The nose cone is a bit of a sloppy fit, which is a good thing so thereís room for some carbon / epoxy packing. I didnít like their metal clevises so I am using black MPJ plastic ones as they match the carbon horn.
Fast and well packed service as ever. As soon as it stops raining, Iíll be heading for the hills.
I just finished building all the structure( wing,elev/stab,fin,rudder,and fues).It took about 3 days to build,a few hours a day.The wood is good and the laser cutting excellent.All the parts fit perfectly,very nice to build.Take your time lining up the wing ribs to avoid having to undo them.I fiberglassed the bottom of the fues and around the rear where the carbon boom exits.I also put carbon fiber on the rudder,fin,elevator and stab.I hope it flies as well as it was to build.Great bargain.
The product blurb claims "The PWM frequency is automatically optimised for the motor" so I'm very disappointed that it performs so badly with the 12 pole mini quad racing motor that I am using in my pylon racer, driving a 4 cell/2750Kv setup. The 240,000 rpm limit for a 2 pole motor (40,000 rpm for a 12 pole motor) is breached well before full power off load. Under load (c. 80% of off load revs) the esc just about keeps up with full speed but "misfires" (hesitates) the motor at around the mid throttle position. With a price tag in excess of £90 I was expecting a lot better. I could try programming via the USB interface but frankly it's not worth it for another £33. You can get better controllers for under £20 eg the Turnigy Plush 40A which has a much higher switching speed of 300,000 rpm for 2 pole motor (I have two and they work brilliantly - very smooth)
Very small and light i am using it on an explorer f5j as i am stretching the yge esc (bec set to 7.4v) to its limits and wanted a backup in case it fries. I have a tiny 260 mah two cell lipo and a tiny 5v 6g bec, plenty to get through a flight safely. Seems to be a good solution.
I needed a motor that would fit the 28mm ID nose of my Xplorer 2. The Micro 1015 was the motor fitted by the previous owner, so I chose the same one, and was rewarded with exactly the motor I needed and wanted. Perfect fit, smooth power delivery, more than adequate power. The prompt delivery from Hyperflight was the icing on the cake! Another satisfied customer!
The carbon tube was light, strong and straight. The diameter very accurate. The tube was fitted into 3D moulded "tubes" one of which was over 600mm long. The assembly was an easy task. The result was a light and strong structure. The packing and delivery were both excellent. Thank you.
As this is my first DLG build, i must say it was easy. Everything fitted nicely together, came out ~160Grams so not that bad. Very nice flyer. Now I do not have anything to compare to, but first flight was in ~5-6 M/S it handled it with ease!
I designed a 3d printed servo tray and canopy magnet holder, the designs may not be perfect or what you like, but they work - feel free to use them :).
What more to say? It's just great fun! Oh yes, and a great swift service from Hyperflight - Thank You!