The large wing area plus the semi-elliptical planform, combined with the long length and generous tail area, gives it a "visual footprint" as big as some open class ships. This is a two-meter that is easy to see!
Stability and damping in pitch and yaw is very high. We've actually been able to deliberately move the C/G behind the point where it starts to become divergent in pitch (an almost impossible-to-fly situation for typical airplanes) and then let absolute beginners fly it! The high damping from the long tail moment slows down its behavior to within the ability of a beginner to mentally keep up with it. The long tail moment also makes the plane's response to air currents much easier to see, which is a significant help for perfecting your thermalling skills. This is one airplane that really "talks" to you. Spoilers are standard equipment, they're absolutely necessary if you want to get it to come down within a reasonably sized landing area. Building is very fast and easy, especially with our "Laserwebs" one-step shear webbing system for the wing. Instructions are drawn on CAD, with lots of exploded views and isometric line drawings.
For both the sailplane and electric versions, the wing & fuse/tail are available as separate kits. This makes it easy share a wing between your sailplane and electric fuselages or to replace a damaged item.
Wingspan: 78.5" (2.0 meters)
Wing area: 723 square inches
Fuselage Length: 47.6" (1.21 meters)
Wing Loading: 7.37oz/sq. ft. (Li-poly battery) ; 9.44oz/sq. ft (Ni-cad battery)
Weight: 37-47 oz (depending on equipment installed)
Laserweb spar web installation system!
All Wood Construction for low cost and easy maintenance!
Laser cut parts!
Parts included for bolt-on and for rubber band wing attachment
Unique FAST assembly methods!
Conventional or V-tail, parts included for both!
All hardware included!
Tested Power System Combinations
8.4v Speed 600 motor, 8-4.5 folding prop, 25 amp speed controller, 7-cell nicad battery with cell sizes from 500 to 2000 mah.
Himax 3522-0700 motor, 3 cell 1500 mah (or so) li-poly battery
11-7 to 12-8 propeller (42mm spinner)