We've flown it in 15 to 20 knot winds at that weight, and had absolutely no
trouble penetrating. Of course if you want ballast, the entire space under
the wing is unoccupied.
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. Very important for beginners and for folks whose
eyes are getting old. 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.
Minimum turning radius is similar to the HLG Chrysalis.
Spoilers are standard equipment, they're absolutely necessary if you want
to get it to come down within a reasonably sized landing area. They're very
effective. In our tests, the L/D with spoilers open was less than 3:1. The
new "Mk II" spoilers use two micro servos (one at each spoiler) for easier construction,
setup and maintenance. The positive action is still there, but the linkages ad
setup are quicker and simpler to build, set up and maintain.. No more troubles
with spoilers sucking open on launch!
All hardware and materials for the builder's choice of bolt-on or rubber-band-on wing attachment are also included.
Building is very fast and easy, especially with our new "Laserwebs"
one-step shear webbing system for the wing. Construction methods are
similar to the HLG Chrysalis, but simpler. Despite being a very big model
(the fuselage and tail are as big as a Paragon's!), it goes together very
quickly. Anyone who has built the HLG Chrysalis will find this one even
easier to build.
Instructions are drawn on CAD, with lots of exploded views and isometric
line drawings (better clarity than is possible from using photos), similar
to the instructions for a good plastic display model.
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. In case you wondered, the fuse
kits do include the parts to build either the V-tail or Standard tail.