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What do you like more? A glider with or without a motor?

Old 08-20-2019, 07:56 AM
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Smile What do you like more? A glider with or without a motor?

I am just building a glider from a very old kit and it is turning out quite well.

However I don't know if I should put a small motor on it or just a tow hook.

What do you guys like more?

Also, I wanted to laminate it with paper, make it a bit retro, but my father thinks it would look better with a film instead.
It's not like this is going to be a world record breaking glider, so I am more about the looks, but I feel like a film would be unnecessarily heavy.

What's your opinion on this?

Thank you!
Old 08-20-2019, 11:00 AM
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Depends on what you're after.

I like the simplicity of taking a glider out, throwing a battery in and going flying.

I also like the pure sailplanes and do some high start flying and aerotowing. Both have their charms.
Old 08-20-2019, 02:55 PM
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I did some slope soaring once in San Pedro California off the cliffs over the ocean. Got some great lift but scared the crap out of me. Give me a motor so I can control my altitude with ease.
Old 08-21-2019, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by rgburrill View Post
I did some slope soaring once in San Pedro California off the cliffs over the ocean. Got some great lift but scared the crap out of me. Give me a motor so I can control my altitude with ease.
Alright, I guess I shall just put the motor on it, in case I get in trouble.

Thanks for the input!
Old 08-24-2019, 05:25 AM
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Where I live now (flat as far as the eye can see) with a motor. Where I used to live (mountains, cliffs, and hills in every direction) without a motor.
Old 08-25-2019, 10:01 AM
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I can't imagine not having both. For club events I love string launch. For just going out to have fun without the hassle of setting up a winch or hi start then electric is the bomb. Get a CAM module so that the motor will automatically shut off at 150 meters and then soar from there. A motor ESC and battery setup is about the same cost of a quality hi start and way less expensive then a winch.
Old 12-02-2019, 08:46 PM
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the extreme joy of flight comes when you learn to dance with mother nature, who needs power when you have wind, who needs power when you have lift
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:20 AM
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Now that is an awesome answer!
Thank you
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Old 12-30-2019, 06:20 PM
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Any suggestions on what motor esc and battery top use on a 2M planes?
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Electric powered for launching is all I use these days. Winching or hi-starts are not field friendly at any clubs I belong too. I think its that way at 90% of most places. As a plus, electric powered does not seem to hinder performance, its a quick and easy way to get to altitude.
Old 04-23-2020, 09:19 AM
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I don't call it a glider or sailplane - if it has a prop/motor it's a powered plane. I also don't like spoilers on my gliders. Pure gliding/soaring. Hand/DLG is purest of all.
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Regardless of how it gets launched, if it spends most of its time searching for lift. It's a sailplane.
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Old 06-21-2020, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by speedracerntrixie View Post
Regardless of how it gets launched, if it spends most of its time searching for lift. It's a sailplane.
Well said!
Old 06-25-2020, 05:36 PM
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Actually I just recently converted my old Carl Goldberg Gentile Lady to electric. Been years since I have flow any RC fixed wings so this was a good way to get back the feel. Plus I am not near any great areas for hand launch thermal flying.

No regrets...
Old 06-30-2020, 11:09 AM
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I developed an interest in gliders from an old parkzone spitfire which I still have. I put a lipo in it which made it lighter and so I would climb high with it and let it soar around with the motor off until I needed it again to climb back up to altitude. I have since purchased a Great Planes Spectra which I plan to start building soon and a Sig Ninja which I want to motorize. I told the seller to keep the brushed motor from the Spectra as I plan on using a brushless/lipo setup. My goal is to build light so I can enjoy better soaring.
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I fly slope soarers without a motor, and I have thermal soarers with motors, mostly because I don't have available fields nearby big enough to lay out a long Hi Start, so a motor is much easier. I also fly these occassionally from the slope when there is marginal slope lift to get me out of trouble and prevent landing out.
I think this idea that a glider with a motor or spoilers isn't a "proper" glider is rubbish! Even full size gliders have spoilers for landing and there are a few now built with electric motors in the nose with a folding prop, and I'm sure these will become more popular in future.
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Old 09-07-2020, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by speedracerntrixie View Post
Regardless of how it gets launched, if it spends most of its time searching for lift. It's a sailplane.
Exactly.

Bob

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