When I first bought this glider in 2016, I never realized how much enjoyment it would give me and how well it last. . I got another after a couple years for backup but have never unboxed it. It flies just like it did the first flight. Going to enter a couple RES contest (Tangerine and Toys for Tots) here in the fall for old times sake. Best glider I ever owned for the pure joy of flying!
A friend of mine and myself built Dreamflight Weasels and both of us bought these servos with it. My experience of the servos was excellent, they obviously fit into the weasel perfectly and offer excellent precision and centering and I had no problem using them with my Futaba FASST 2.4ghz system.
My friends experience was somewhat different, he uses FrSky TX/RX equipment and it seems that these servos are particularly vulnerable to interference from the FrSky RXís telemetry transmissions, with the installation in the weasel (the proximity of the servos to the RX) seeming to exacerbate the problem. Said telemetry would cause the servos to constantly chatter and twitch back and forth and was not suitable for flying. Unfortunately due to TX Firmware reasons my friend wasnít able to disable the telemetry on his RX so we tried a few other things like adding ferrite cores to the servo leads, twisting the servo leads and even shielding the servos and leads in tinfoil, this did reduce but not eliminate the interference. Out of options, my friend was forced to use another brand of servo (Corona) which while also being digital have exhibited no interference issues. He gave his servos to me. Iíve checked the servos out with my system and they work flawlessly.
Searching online this does seem to be an issue with FrSky telemetry and tends to effect JR servos, it might be worth adding a note onto the shop page for the servos that they can have problems with FrSky telemetry to avoid frustration for other FrSky users.
The Introduction kit packed in a sturdy box arrived at my home in Australia 7 day after placing the order. All components are accounted for. The cutting and the wood employed in the kit is of high quality. Building has commenced and I am amazed how accurately components fit together.
Thanks Neil for another effortless transaction.
My first review of The Plus X regular was in the nature of an out-of-the box drool, so impressed was I by the design and execution, but since then it has taken to the air - and I am mightily impressed. For a start, I thought nothing would outfloat my beloved Super AVA Pro-E, or be as relaxing to fly. How wrong I was.
Two comments have stuck in my my mind from an online thread: one is by Joe Wurts, designer of the wing, who described the Plus X as ĎOMG easy to flyí, while the other was from someone who did not appear to own one but said that in spite of the six-servo wing, it looked to him more like a rudder-elevator design with aileron assist. It felt like one of those remarks where contempt precedes familiarity, but it turns out that on a calm day the Plus X will fly very nicely without using any of the wing servos - in fact out of interest I did one flight on rudder only, apart from launch and landing, and there wasnít a trace of nose-drop, even during fairly tight turns. Someone else remarked that itís a bit like a giant DLG, and this is true, for it will practically turn on its own wingtip, while stalling doesnít appear to be in its remit.
To get the maximum from this extraordinary glider will require a lot of experimenting with aileron, flaperon and flap settings, and I havenít even started in earnest yet. For preliminary flights I have mixed the flaperons to operate with the ailerons, but only for about half the upward throw of the ailerons and no downward throw at all. It works well, but Iím sure itís not the optimum. For landing I have about 80 degrees on the flaps and about half as much on the flaperons. Again, that is very effective, with the glider sinking rapidly, touching down at little more than walking pace and perfectly stable. I havenít begun to think about thermal and speed settings yet - but what fun this is!
As for building the Plus X, factory-fitted IDS makes the wing servo installation simple, as does the dedicated fuselage servo mount. I chose to put the receiver in the fuselage with the antennae sprouting in front of the wing and the SBUS unit in the wing itself. This seems to go against convention which has the rx in the wing, but I wanted to keep the antennae well away from all that carbon. My flying field is only 10 minutesí walk away, and as the wing central panel has quite a short span I can carry the glider fully assembled, apart from the wingtips. This saves a great deal of assembly as well as the making and breaking of connections.
The Plus X is a lightweight but very strong glider, although if youíre not used to a design of this size with foam core and carbon-skinned wings it is easy to accidentally acquire a few dents and dings before it even flies. On the other hand, repairs are simple.
I would advise anyone building a Plus X to invest in a set of Vladimirís wing templates.These ensure an error-free set-up, and I find them particularly important for the elevator neutral setting. This is quite tricky without the protractor as there is no reference point, and it turned out that what I was convinced was neutral was actually one degree out. This, of course, had an effect on the CG, which ideally is 105mm from the leading edge at the root.
So pleased am I with this glider that I have ordered one with the Storm layup, as we seem to get so many windy days now. For this I have chosen one of Vladís spectacular new Fire Demon finishes.
The Plus X is one very special sailplane; complex yet simple, perfect for relaxed soaring yet a challenge for those who want to extract its maximum potential. I still have a long way to go!
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.
This is a great flying, high quality glider. The build was fun but slightly tricky so a little patience is required. This was my first DLG build. Some notes that may assist you:
- Mine didnt arrive with the M2 screws required for the horizontal stab. (2x6mm countersunk seems perfect)
- I had to trim and recrimp all the servo leads to remove all excess (test them first). This was important as the space inside is very tight. (I used a Jeti 5ch rx, which is quite large)
- Mine arrived with a curved throwing blade that needed a slot cutting through the wing. I positioned mine 10mm forward of the hingeline and 14mm in from the wingtip measured at the hingline.
- Mounting the blade I went slowly drilling a series of holes just slightly smaller than the width of the blade. I then linked them all together using a fresh sharp scalpel and smoothed to the correct shape. Fixed in place with epoxy. I then learned that you should make a hardpoint in the wing... So using some 0.5mm carbon sheet I made 2 teardrop shaped patches and slotted them for the blade. Chamfered the edges alot and skimmed the thickness down a bit. Fixed on both sides of wing with epoxy thickened with microballoons. Seems to be very strong so far after around 70 launches.
As a noob to DLGs I can definitely recommend the Strike 3, its a very nice looking and excellent flying glider. You just have to spend some time thinking about the best way to fit everything in the front, don't rush it.
1) service from hyperflight was great. got the kit in 4 days.
2) the mini vick arrived in perfect condition. all parts were cut to perfection. I had spent al lot of time procuring the DSM2 radio and servos with connectors to fit. I ended up using redcom cm421 radio and bluearrow d03030 servos.and 500mA battery to balance. This is a great product combined with the videos showing the build.
One of the few if not only place that had what I was looking for. I hesitated at first because they are overseas but even with shipping and VAT the bag was still cheaper than a similar item from a retailer here in the US with shipping. What I was impressed with more tha anything was the fact that from the time I placed the order untile it showed up on my door step was only 5 days from the middle of England to the middle of Indiana USA! I have waited twice that long for something to show up from the west coast. Thank you Hyperflight! Great products and service.
Put one of these in my home built Allegro Lite (480g RTF). Great performance using a 9x5 GM prop. Was impressed enough to buy another one for the next eRes model I build.
..and as usual, the service from Niel's shop was perfect. 2 weeks from his farm to mine on the other side of the world.
This is my second Mini Q. The first came to grief in a 40mph wind on a Welsh hillside after a few hours of exciting flying, some of which I had a degree of control. Most of the time it was pure survival. It would have been repairable, but as thereís a new, improved batch in stock I opted for a new airframe and lift & shift the radio gear across. Itís such good value for money.
Ten points to TJIRC for the extra fiberglass over the central bulkhead which is exactly where my failure was. Itís a pity the front carbon canopy pin now interferes with it so the canopy no longer sits as it should. I removed the offending pin and replaced with a shorter carbon 0.8mm strip thatís got the flexibility to work. The carbon pin is too stiff with a shorter length.
Easy build second time round. Lesson learnt from the first build - leave gluing the tail on till last so you can work on the wing on the flat.
Back on the same Welsh hill in a light 10mph wind to trim it out last weekend. Very pleased with the outcome and service from Hyperflight.
The model comes in a very sturdy cardboard box with all the components taped to the sides to prevent damage. I started with the wings and would suggest that ONLY the recommended servo's are used as all the mountings have been designed for them. Although small and a bit of a fiddle there is nothing an average modeller cannot do. The same goes for the the fuselage and it is a real help to have all the paperwork from Vladimir's site to look at to make sure that you get everything the right way round or in the right place. I found that the rudder pushrod was a fraction long to enable correct movement but was very easy to shorten ( 2mm). Even using the smallest Futaba RX i still had to remove half of the case to get it in and still be able to fit/remove the battery.
I would be very wary of flying using the recommended CG as this makes the model extremely sensitive, mine was approx 10mm forward and even this is on the limit for relaxed flying. The model climbs well but you will need to hold some down on with motor and then start looking for the slightest bit of lift. This is an amazing model that will stay up in the lightest of breeze on those calm mornings/evenings and the quality is superb. It is not hard to assemble but you you do need to take your time and refer to the pictures as you are are working in a very small space and things have to go in specific places to fit and then it is tight !
All in a superb model with outstanding quality that is a joy to fly if a little fiddly to assemble.
This is a competitive F3-RES sailplane. Please note: due to the composite boom fairing, and the fin mount, some CDs may not allow this sailplane in their F3-RES events. Our club sees these as "non-performance enhancing" items, so it is not an issue at our contests. Check with your local CD. I purchased the ARF version of this sailplane, which was well constructed, with a very nice covering job. Only a few hours were needed to assemble and install the radio gear. This model launches high, floats well, is good at signaling lift, and still able to penetrate wind effectively without adding ballast. FYI, I did need to move the CG forward of recommended CG range to get the best overall performance from this model. Also, as always with hyperflight shipments, it arrived in the US quickly, well packaged, and without damage.
Bought this as sometimes going to the east coast when wind forecast is 12 but when you get there it is 5/6 mph as a lightweight flyer and yes it does fly very well in light winds and also with the c/f ballast tube in and 280 mm of brass in it it coped admirably in 15 mph.laser cutting is excellent especially the complex fus doublers, next to no fettling throughout the kit. Glue ! I used cyano in some parts but gluing the false LE used Ailiphatic resin as it is sandable also for the LE and the front of the d box sheets .To attach them I used Super phatic to glue them to the ribs as it is much more controllable than cyano. Only used 1roll of Lw covering for the whole model without skimping or taking too much care with overlap scrap.There are planes that seem expensive but fly very well and there are cheap ones that look good but do not, this is in the former category.
The Strike 3 is a quality one metre span DLG with an excellent surface finish and is commendably light, though some care and forethought is necessary to install everything in the very cramped space in the fuselage. However, the removable nosecone is a bonus for easy access.
No instructions are supplied so you are left to your own devices for the installation, relying on anything you can glean from the internet and your own experience and expertise. Nano servos and the smallest receiver are a must. Rudder and elevator rely on traditional torque springs, which are a little on the stiff side, with Kevlar string for the pull. You have to very carefully cut into the carbon surface to mount the control horns, one for a new sharp blade. Each aileron has its own servo which is connected to the surface by a piano wire pushrod. Careful wire bending is required as there is no room for including adjustment. Again, careful cutting into the carbon surface is needed to mount the control horn and it is recommended that the horn is away from the inner aileron edge to facilitate wing removal by pushing the piano wire out of the horn. No room for a clevis.
To put four servos, battery and receiver all into the confined space of the nose and fuselage was akin to a three-dimensional puzzle but the nose design does give good access. Internal layout ended up with the battery fully forward in the nose, next the block of four servos as forward as they will go followed by the receiver under the wing, with all servo wires carefully taped flat under the receiver. Each servo had its mounting lugs cut off to make a block two by two glued together with UHU Por and wrapped in tape to glue into the nose. No lead was needed to achieve a balance. A nice launching blade is included but you are left to your own devices as to where it should be placed. Carefully drilling a succession of holes and filing out to create a slot in the wingtip proved nerve wracking but successful and the blade epoxied in with a nice fillet for strength. Carbon reinforcement for the throwing blade could be included for strong launchers if you want to be doubly sure.
Battery: 2S, 300mA/Hr., LiPo.
Servos: 4 x Bluebird BMS Ė 101HV.
Receiver: JETI 5ch.
Flying weight was 123g and control throws proved satisfactory as a starting point on Hyperflight recommendations.
Test glides were easy and once trimmed, a good launch height was effortlessly achieved with a straight track. Central CG location was preferred as it is a bit frisky further aft. If flown a little faster it has a superb all-round performance and on a marginal day for lift, a test flight of seven and a half minutes was exhilarating.
Altogether the Strike 3 has a superb performance, is easy to fly and a good looker. The nose cone for easy access to the battery and servos is a great design point, but the DLG is really for an experienced builder and it desperately needs some instructions.
Once built, the Strike 3 is a great 1m DLG. Highly recommended.
The kit arrived in good time and as usual was well packaged (box within a box). i am in the process of building the model and am opting for the electric conversion. The parts are all of good quality. However care is needed when fitting the half wing ribs to the carbon tube. These did need eased slightly but be careful as they are easily broken!! I opted for the ADH 300L motor which will fit but neat. Almost there now and looking forward to the test flights. Overall a positive experience from Hyperflight.
Brilliant little kit which makes into a nice fly weight model. Ordered 2 and put ailerons in 1 wing and still came in at around 95gr AUW. Will stay up on the proverbial knats F***. Ideal for late evening when the others have to land and go home.
Brilliant service as usual from Neil always a pleasure to receive high quality gear from Hyperflight.
This model has to be the hidden gem of the F5J world. Fantastic looking V tailed glider at an amazing price. First class fuselage, cw ballast tube and wiring harness already made and fitted. The wings are well built without all the bells and whistles of the show ponies. Assembly and flight review to follow.
Good prompt service once again from Hyperflight. Really well packed, survived the trip to Australia intact.
I ordered 10 meters of Ultra Light Servo Twisted Extension Cable to be shipped to my home in USA. I expected high postage and a long wait time. To my surprise postage was minimal and it arrived in about 10 days even though the US postal service seems to be going through a meltdown. The quality of the cable is excellent and will help reduce weight in my sailplane.
I bought this model for some light weather sport thermal flying.
Ordered it at lunch time and it was delivered at 09:30 the next day! The best customer service from Hyperflight, as always.
The model is a beautiful example of a fully moulded plane - very light, perfect mouldings and nice flying surfaces.
The fittings pack looks to be very complete and as an unexpected bonus the model was supplied with a set of very nice wing/tail/stab covers.
I need to work out what electronics to use but I'm thinking KST X06 servos all round with a Hacker 4.4:1 geared A10-9L. There's not much room in that fuselage.
Looking forward to building and flying.
A piece of advice: do not attempt a Plus X fuselage servo installation without this, unless you fancy being carted off in a secure van by men in white coats. Less than a tenner is a small price to pay to keep you from the brink of madness by trying to fabricate your own mounting, for there is no room for even 1mm of error in the positioning and angle of the servos.
Amazing little model. The way it hangs in the air is fantastic. Iíd heard from others the model appears too fragile and perhaps a bit too light but it isnít so.
The model appears strong and the wing has an amazing level of torsional rigidity.
My only modification was to wrap the upper nosecone with a double wrap bandage of .6oz/sq yd
glass cloth and epoxy with say 10% micro balloons.
This has made the edge of the nosecone much stronger and stops it getting chipped and damaged around the interface with the main cone/fuselage.
An excellent model that will be a mainstay of my collection for many years.
Excellent service as always from hyperflight.
Great product and service. Fast delivery to the other side of the world.
Every gear in the servo provided although I only needed to replace the one damaged.
My Dymond D47 is now working perfectly again.
If one can edit a review I don't know how. After reading my review of the Stiletto I wanted to add two points. Today I had one or two hard landings with zero damage. For a 185 gram model that's unexpected. I also wanted to say that Hyperflight gives excellent service. I get faster deliveries from Hyperflight in the UK than some of the suppliers I buy from in the USA!
Bravely fitted these as Flap servos in an El Nino. A 10mm servo would have been a very tight fit in the thin wing. Fits perfectly in the same frames as the rest of the X8 range. Landed several times today and threw the glider around in breezy conditions. Behaved perfectly on 7.5V.
When the Stiletto was flight ready, the weather wasn't. I live in the Seattle, Washington area and the smoke from fires in California blew up here. Then it rained. Finally, came the maiden and it went very well. I have to make little adjustments here and there but the performance is excellent. A 1.5M DLG is just too big for me and the Stiletto is perfect. I like that the fuselage is wide enough so that mounting the servos is not a pain. I used Pull-Spring for the elevator and rudder and my Stiletto weighs 185g. The construction and finish of the model are world-class!
This is just a follow up on my previous review. The Hawk light has now been completed. Building the Hawk was straight forward and having only basic building skills posed few problems. There are some excellent articles re the build on RC Group.com
My configuration is as follows, 2 stacked Blue Bird HV at the rear for the ailerons and 2 Blue Bird HV in line towards the nose activating rudder and elevator. The receiver (LM 6Ch SH DMS2 compatible) is located at the top of the rudder/elevator servos. Battery is a Nano Tech 2S 300ma placed forward. I opted for a 300ma battery to save weight even so a larger battery could have been accommodated.
My setup followed the recommendation put forward by Hyperflight with a CG of 53-54mm, this CG setting proved adequate however my personal preference is a slight nose heavy setting. Adding 5gr of lead beside the battery gave me that in flight behaviour at a new CG of 55-56mm.
In flight the Hawk is agile and responsive and penetrates well even in winds up to 11knots. All in all I am delighted with my purchase.
This is my third DLG purchase from Hyperflight and things started off the usual way. Great service from Neil and speedy delivery on the order. The model was packaged really well and was really excited to build. The quality of the parts is good but I have seen better. The colours (i.e. the white) could have been little brighter (i.e. white looks a bit greyish) but nothing that would ever make me drop a rating point. The wing however had an issue where one of the flaps was sprung (i.e. always wants to point up). Not great but not horrible either.
The build of this model is where things got disappointing. The hardware package supplied with this model was incomplete and some of the materials where completely unusable. The tubing and push rods supplied for the flaps/ailerons had so much friction when you tried to move them they had no business being installed on this model. One set was practically seized and the other one had way too much friction. Although there is music wire (for the tail surfaces) shown in the picture of what will be provided my kit was missing this. When you spend this much money on a top end DLG I think it is fair to expect proper quality materials and for it to be complete. With hobby shops closed or poorly stocked during the pandemic it was difficult for me to find replacement parts.
The instructions that are available could really use a revision to make them clearer. As it stands they are more of a collection of thoughts on the assembly of the aircraft rather than step by step instructions. The horn supplied for the tail for some reason is too long and needs to be modified so it will fit. This is in the instructions but in my opinion is not clear enough. This begs the question, why wouldn't the model ship with the correct horn in the first place? I have built many models but this is the first time in many years where I had to redo several steps to get the model to work.
The linkage connection is not easy at all to do. Aside from missing parts it takes multiple attempts to get the required range of motion while not interfering with the movement of other servos. The method of securing the servos is certainly innovative but the elevator and rudder servo does not have a direct clear path as the flap servos are directly in the way. I think more work is needed to refine how to make interference free connections.
That said it is a beautiful aircraft once you sort the assembly portion out. It flies as described and launches and penetrates really well. I caught some great thermals with it today. I think with more work on the linkages, a complete hardware package and better instructions I can see giving this plane 5 star review status.
Pretty good (though a bit of a luxury item!) - used these on DLG rudder and elevator. Results in more linear movement - and more slightly movement than you'd get with an equivalent arm. I was unsure what the intended method of securing the pull string is - so I take it around the back of the pulley, up through one of the holes and then wrap it around the servo screw before adjusting and tightening.
Looks a nice servo, beautifully manufactured in aluminium rather than plastic and appears to work as expected. My only worry is that the exposed motor and wiring might be suspect able to water damage should it rain or land on wet grass. Probably just me worrying rather than anything really to be concerned about.
The quality of the model is absolutely first rate, my only compliant is that the build instructions are really rather poor. The online version is a tad better with useful photographs, but all a bit second rate. So if you are an expert builder this will be no issue, if a little rusty (like me) it is suboptimal, but in truth it looks simple enough to put together.
After damaging my Stark Pro vertical on too many cross wind landing, I was after a replacement. Luckily Hyperflight came to the rescue with an Auri replacement vertical fin. From the day I ordered it to the day I received it felt like it was only days apart, .... it was super quick. Great quality just when I needed it. As always great service all round from Hyperflight.
Beautiful to look at and a joy to fly. The Auri is my third DLG having had Longshots previously. The finish is good. The glider goes together easily but I did have to spend time studying build threads and photos to work out certain measurements. Mine came in at 226g and is the first plane I have built that balanced straight off without the need for adding weight, somewhere! Flying it is simply a joy. Launches are easy. It can float, turns nice circles, or can whiz through the sky. Easy to fly - the challenge being to fly it well. I canít get enough of it to be honest. Worth every penny.
This is an excellent thermalling glider. It penetrates well for a light machine and can fly tight circles to work small patches of light lift. With strong thermals around, it needs to be flown faster to avoid pitch upsets and stalls - this is something I am learning! It is, however, quite fragile and the surfaces are easily damaged if you are not careful. You need to be particularly careful of landing with flaps down! I had to move the servos from the pod to under the wing to achieve the required CG, even with the a very light flight pack - the tail is very light.
As always great service, a beautifully packed box and a perfect model which emerged. The Sprite is Vladimir's usual impeccable finish and fit. The only negative is that although there is good information on control surface settings, there is little advice or guidance on the best ways of getting them there through the fitting of servos, linkages etc. I fly these models for fun, not competition, and therefore I am not as up-to-speed as others may be on the best way of doing everything. These are such beautiful models that I really don't want to make a mistake and curse myself afterwards. Some guidance, however brief, would be welcome!
I'm building a Geronimo which also came from HyperFlight, I built a thrust measuring stand so I could find the best prop for the motor I am planning to use. Although this prop is moe expensive than other brands, it clearly out performed all other props tested. I am delighted with it.
Excellent service from Hyperflight, as usual. The kit is an absolute joy to put together. Why can't all kits be this good?
The maiden was a complete non-event: up , up and away with no trim clicks (must be a first for me!). Model immediately promoted to top light-weather 2m favourite.
The Auri flies extremely well. With four KST X08 HV servos mounted on the supplied servo mount and a 300mAh 7.4V battery up front the model weighs 230 grams and balances at 63mm from wing leading edge without any added weight. Fitting the aileron control rods was not straightforward. Cyano did not glue the rods effectively to the carbon fuselage and had to be backed up with epoxy adding a few grams of weight. The canopy is about 2mm too narrow and 2mm too short to be a good fit. Otherwise a great quality kit and once the Auri gets airborne the small niggles are soon forgotten.
I have spent 2/3 months slowly putting this kit together. Quality was excellent with all parts fitting perfectly. End result gives me immense satisfaction. I have had to wait a few weeks for suitable weather but the Fresh flies beautifully with long gentle glides just as I had hoped. I have also had a couple of bad landings that left not a mark on her. Fills me with confidence just how strong the construction is. Will certainly be buying from Hyperflight again .
This is my third model bag from Hyperflight. The eldest one is 8 years old and has stood the test of time and numerous trips to the slope. The internal pockets offer more than adequate protection for the horizontal stabilizer and wing joiners. The bag is overall well padded and keeps the model protected weather in transit or in storage. As always great service from the Hyperflight team.