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chris basson22/03/2013 14:42:07
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Hi Guys,

Thanks to all those who helped me make the decision what model to go for as my first Sloper.

Spoke to Mr. Head on Monday and had a big box waiting for me when i got home from work yesterday, I've gone for the 60" version in the hope that it'll give me a slightly wider range of windspeeds to fly in!

A couple of questions occur to me straight off after reading the instructions...

  • obviously I need to shape the leading edge but can I leave the Tips square or will this adversly affect the handling? (Not PURELY Laziness, i Quite like the look of the shape with squared off tips!)
  • can I use Solarfilm onto the CW Tape and the Corex as i have some Lurid Pink which should clash 'Orriblycheeky with the orange parcel tape i ordered with the kit.

Hope to have her ready to chuck off the Long Mynd the week after Easter as I've got some time off work if it ever stops snowing!!

Chris

Phil Green22/03/2013 19:03:51
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I left my tips square as I thought it might be easier to cover. I dont think its any better or worse really.

Dont sand it indoors though, the black dust goes everywhere!

The main purpose of the coloured tape covering is to keep UV from the CW tape so solarfilm is ok. Remember its a bit of a rough & ready model though, dont waste time on a concours job!

Cheers

Phil

chris basson22/03/2013 20:23:08
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Thanks for that Phil!

SWMBO has already commented about (in this case White) polystyrene dust on the Dining Table...

& the Carpet...

& the Collie...

Guess i've got to wait for it to stop snowingblush

Chris

Mike Etheridge 122/03/2013 23:25:04
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Chris,

Are you confident that the heat treatment to the Solarfilm will not affect the cross-weave tape and lift it?

MJE

TheFlyingCrust22/03/2013 23:37:19
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My LHS sells rolls of different coloured parcel tape (don't get white as its almost seethrough). I personally wouldn't bother with Solarfilm but if you decide to, then use Solarfilm Solvent (forget what its proper name is) to fix. Use sparingly by just applying to the model with some cotton wool. Don't apply to the film. It'll stick nicely and if done well won't need shrinking. That's what I did to my Zagi and it's only lifted slightly at the nose where I kept bouncing it. dont know

I didn't shape the wingtips on my WT.

Ian

Edited By Rentman on 22/03/2013 23:41:49

chris basson23/03/2013 09:03:48
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MJE No, I'm Not Sure at all!

Rentman, Thanks for that!

Should have ordered 2 colours of tape from Alan when I ordered the Kit,future buyers be aware, save yourself the hassle!

Square tips it will be!

Now Where is Spring?

Tim Mackey23/03/2013 09:10:40
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Square tips -ugh.

Colored parcel tape easily obtained from several places like Staples, or of course just ring alan back.

chris basson23/03/2013 13:50:56
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If "Uhg" is the biggest objection to Square Tips I'm Sticking to 'em!laugh

chris basson24/03/2013 17:36:21
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Just had another thought, before i go shopping for the other bits i need has anyone fitted an aerotow release to one of these ifso how & how well does it go as a flat field thermaller?

I only ask 'cos my normal club has a few people who are into providing aerotows but not seen anyone with a Wildthing being hauled aloft!

CB

Tim Mackey24/03/2013 18:00:40
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Yup... simplest method is some velcro tape on the nose, and a corresponding piece attached to the towline. A sharp flick on the ailerons when you want releasing - and youre off. Works fine.

chris basson25/03/2013 08:06:06
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Thanks for that Tim!

That sounds Sooo much more straight forward than using another servo & Lighter too!

I would however refer you to my previous comment...
What's Wrong with square tips(he-he)?

CB
Tim Mackey25/03/2013 11:05:01
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Apart from looking like you were too lazy to bother to round them off a little, the model will not fly. At all.

Upon your very first attempt to launch, the vortex created at the square tip will cause an immediate and fatal failure of the laminar airflow, the tips will stall, and the model will simply be blown upwards, above and behind your head. It will behave like a sycamore seed, or tailess heli - the elevons will have no effect, so it will be uncontrollable - wildy gyrating and flat spinning along in the wind, until it eventually crashes back down, probably into the most expensive vehicle in the nearest car park.

Your Insurance will be void, and you will have to sell everything and everybody you love to pay your huge legal bill.

See what I mean about Ughthumbs down

chris basson25/03/2013 11:50:30
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I've Read about this somewhere and the Fact that this effect can be off set by a Nausea inducingly Lurid colour scheme!?!

Or is that just a Web Myth?

CB.

P.S. Why can't I get smileys on my phone?
Tim Mackey25/03/2013 21:09:16
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cos it has square corners ?

Steve Houghton 125/03/2013 22:05:47
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I only took the edges off my wing tips to remove the sharp edge, flies a treat, you won't be disppointed.

I still need to do something with the wings on mine which are curling upwards now after 18 months of hard flying

Steve

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Tim Mackey26/03/2013 16:56:59
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Posted by Steve Houghton 1 on 25/03/2013 22:05:47:

I only took the edges off my wing tips to remove the sharp edge, flies a treat, you won't be disppointed.

I still need to do something with the wings on mine which are curling upwards now after 18 months of hard flying

Steve

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See....if you had properly rounded them, they wouldnt be curling smile p

chris basson26/03/2013 17:08:58
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Right, Purchased Servos, Battery and some Yellow & some Blue tape to go with the orange!

Now i just have to wait till it's warm enough to get outside to sand the leading edge!

Tim, will Yellow, Orange and Blue be garish enough to cancel out the problems with the laminar flow? or do i need Dayglo Green on elevons & fin aswell?teeth 2

Tim Mackey26/03/2013 17:13:18
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Yeh, should be fine mate thumbs up

Besides, most of the covering should be off soon anyway if you fly her correctly in combat cheeky

chris basson26/03/2013 17:47:37
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Combat?!face 7

This'll be my first sloper, let me learn the ropes before the fighting talk begins!

Am i right in thinking you fly mostly in North Wales Tim?

How much of a trip is the Long Mynd for You?

Is anyone else a regular on the Mynd?

CB

Tim Mackey26/03/2013 18:44:35
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My very first sloping experience was maidening my wildthing ( alan head actually flew and trimmed it for me ) along with 17 others, at a modelling holiday down Filey way. I was attacked viciously, and learned combat VERY quickly - they say your a virgin on the combat slope scene until you have been struck in combat - and I was hit MANY times that evening, but never had so much fun in all my life !!

Yes, I am lucky to live withing 15 minutes of what is arguably the best coastal slope site in UK - the Great Orme.

Long Mynd is almost 2 hours, and with the price of fuel etc... I rarely stray from the Orme - except for the PSSA stuff on Lleyn Peninsula, and Greenacres.

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