I just finished up my Predator Bee and while it has been languishing around the shop for a few months the build actually went pretty fast. (The Predator Bee is a modified version of the popular Windrider Bee combat wing). I went with internal pushrods, taped the heck out of it and added a couple of layers of goop. It seems really strong and is the stiffest combat style wing I’ve owned. This one came in just under 24 ounces. Looks like I may want to build a lighter one in the future!
Gerald from Windsock asked for a link to his site so I checked it out. Very nice site! Windsock is an online community for EPP Slope gliding in South East Queensland (Australia). It contains photos, forums, flying stories, gliding locations, tips and reviews.
The listing of slope soaring sites in South East Queensland looks good too.
Santa Barbaran, Steve Lange, has begun what promises to be a super website on slope aerobatics. The site is located at http://www.slopeaerobatics.com (I’m surprised that domain name wasn’t already taken!).
So far there are photos, reviews and videos. A copuple of planes are well represented those being Le Fish, the Voltij and the Weasel.
As Steve’s mission statement states:
“SlopeAerobatics.com is dedicated to the joy and satisfaction inherent to flying R/C glider aerobatics on the slope. The website has an international focus and is meant to showcase the different styles of aerobatic R/C slope flying popular around the world.”
Sounds good to me.
BTW, I have a Le Fish coming, Steve. We’ll get you some pix of aerobatic action in the Midwest!
Since I have 2 Picas now I went looking for a case to carry these portable rockets in a nice compact package.
I liked my first Pica so much that I got a second plane from Tim. The new plane is a glass version instead of a carbon plane but it seems fine to me. The pix don’t do the color justice but it is orange and blue. I may add a second orange stripe to the bottom of the wing. I was not sure how it would look but now that I have it I think the additional stripe will balance it out nicely. Stock Krylon color so that should be easy.
I’ve wanted a Jaro Muller Ellipse 2 for a long time. It has always been a very highly regarded plane and is still competitive something like 10 years after it was introduced plus, for me, it looks great! It has some shape to the fuse instead of just being a broomstick and, like all Jaro Muller planes, it is superbly built and tough as nails.
My Ellipse 2V is 2.86 meters or about 112 inches. Mine comes in at 86 ounces. It has provisions for a bunch of ballast and a hook on the bottom if one feels the need for a winch launch. Jim Porter, the builder and previous owner, put a speed hook tube in the nose as well.
|Greg’s Ellipse 2V
Reed’s interviews of some of the best known names in slope soaring make for some great reading and give some insight into the thoughts and experiences of an influential bunch of guys in our slope soaring hobby.
As of this writing Reed has interviewed the following folks:
I look forward to reading more interviews from sloping luminaries!
Great Planes Precision Z-Bend Pliers
Part # GPMR8025
Every rc slope plane builder will need a good Z-Bend pliers in their tools arsenal. The Great Planes version, called “Precision Z-Bend Pliers, is my favorite mostly for the alignment pin. It helps you put the bend right where you want it every time. You simply put the pin in the servo horn hole you are using, insert your push rod and clamp down on the pliers. Voilà, a perfect bend at the right length.
Get the Great Planes Precision Z-Bend Pliers at your local hobby shop or go to www.greatplanes.com to find where to get them.
This Slope Scale kit can be made to resemble a P-39 Aircobra or a P-63 Kingcobra. I use the terms interchangeably for better or worse. My plane leans towards the Kingcobra if only because I opted for a more Kingcobra like vertical fin because it is a bit taller. I figured the extra stability couldn’t hurt.
My current P-63 is a standard layup and with normal balsa sheeting/solartex/paint type construction. It is flying at 38 ounces. I recently picked up a heavy layup short kit that I will build heavier for the big wind days. I am going to use 1/32 ply on that one.
Posted by Ezra (Edited by Greg) on Mar 28, 2007, 21:35
San Antonio mountain, located on highway 285 about 10 miles south
of the Colorado state line, about 35 minutes northwest of Taos, New Mexico. A
massive blob with 10,000 foot altitude and 2100 feet above the surrounding is land located on BLM and Forest Land. There is a dirt road 87 that skirts the backside (southwest) where the winds are most prevelant. It’s size is deceiving, it’s about a mile hike from the car to the slope. The lift is massive, very easy to speck out my Kulbutan in any direction. The slope is rocky in some areas.