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Maidened my Wildthing today

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Tom Thomas22/10/2017 18:01:49
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As per title I Maidened my Wildthing today.

It didn't go very well really, it doesn't seem to penetrate well?

I took a couple of weights with me and it seemed a bit better but I think it still needs more although I did balance it and reflexed it as advised.

A couple of very short launch vids below, be great to hear what people think.

https://youtu.be/2Dq8cpkbu_k

https://youtu.be/XK899MycVXg

https://youtu.be/1x_hDWnPxvw

Tom Thomas22/10/2017 18:02:52
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Could a mod be very kind and sort my links as this iPad is winding me up! Many thanks yes

Stevo22/10/2017 18:24:36
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Sorted!!!!

Edited By Stevo on 22/10/2017 18:28:03

PatMc22/10/2017 18:30:29
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It just looks like there's too much up elevator - i.e. reflex - or it's tail heavy. If the cg at the recommended position I'd reduce the reflex in increments & try over & over until it flies. It's a bouncy model so it'll take a lot of abuse.

I have the first generation Wildthing, it has a fair margin between flying at slow speed close to stall then increasing the down elevator to much faster speed but maintaining height to pretty much the same degree at both extremes.

PS The first & third were bad launches. Always launch with the nose pointing slightly down so that the model gains speed before trying to gain height. It should still climb even with the nose slightly down, if it doesn't it would sink anyway. wink 2  

Edited By PatMc on 22/10/2017 18:37:25

onetenor22/10/2017 18:51:50
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Posted by Tom Thomas on 22/10/2017 18:01:49:

As per title I Maidened my Wildthing today.

It didn't go very well really, it doesn't seem to penetrate well?

I took a couple of weights with me and it seemed a bit better but I think it still needs more although I did balance it and reflexed it as advised.

A couple of very short launch vids below, be great to hear what people think.

https://youtu.be/2Dq8cpkbu_k

https://youtu.be/XK899MycVXg

https://youtu.be/1x_hDWnPxvw

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PatMc22/10/2017 19:07:41
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Posted by onetenor on 22/10/2017 18:51:50:

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I had no problem but they now can be seen directly via Stevo's post anyway.

Tom Thomas22/10/2017 20:24:32
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Huge thanks stevo! yes

Hi pat, I think it needs more nose weight and fiddling with the reflex as you suggest.

Also thanks for the launching advice smiley

Piers Bowlan22/10/2017 21:01:53
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Pat said reduce the reflex (I concur). Check the c of g is in the right place according to the instructions. Flying wings are very sensitive in this regard. Too far forward and it won't fly well, too far back and it won't fly at all!

cymaz22/10/2017 22:40:43
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Looking at your WT on the second video, as it is sitting on the ground, after landing, there is far too much reflex. Reduce and have another go. Good luck.

Edited By cymaz on 22/10/2017 22:41:09

Harry Twist22/10/2017 23:48:33
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Hi I would agree with all the above ref cog and reducing the reflex and the need for careful launching (nose horizontal or even better, slightly down) - I know with my Wildthing - one click of up or down makes a difference, there is definitely a sweet spot!

Also, respectfully - not sure if you were just test gliding or trying to slope soar - to get the model to soar continually, I would suggest a much steeper slope is needed - in the footage there seems to be lots of horizontal breeze but not much upgoing air to provide you with the lift you need to sustain flight. Maybe try a different site? (just trying to be helpful).

They are tough models that will take a knock or two and are great fun to fly once sorted out!

Hope you enjoy it.

PatMc22/10/2017 23:57:37
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Posted by Harry Twist on 22/10/2017 23:48:33:

Also, respectfully - not sure if you were just test gliding or trying to slope soar - to get the model to soar continually, I would suggest a much steeper slope is needed - in the footage there seems to be lots of horizontal breeze but not much upgoing air to provide you with the lift you need to sustain flight. Maybe try a different site? (just trying to be helpful).

I wondered about the slope gradient too but thought the camera angle might making it look flatter than it really is.

Tom Thomas23/10/2017 00:04:18
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Thankyou all so much for your advice it's much appreciated yes

Funnily enough I literally just said to my wife that maybe the slope isn't steep enough, it gets a lot steeper as it goes along but it is a yomp bit I will try further along next time.

I'll also add a bit more nose weight and play with the reflex, it's frustrating I don't still have my dx6i as clicking trim is much better than using the sliders on this Saturn transmitter.

I have a Futaba T6k V2 coming for Christmas that will probably help a lot.

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