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157" Discus Glider

Old 09-04-2011, 10:10 AM
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Anyone still flying their sailplane? Anyone have any available parts like a canopy?
Old 10-25-2011, 09:14 PM
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Anyone have one for sale? Or at least a "rebuildable" fuse?
Old 10-25-2011, 09:19 PM
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Dean, if you find more than one, let me know, I need one too.
Old 10-25-2011, 09:45 PM
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If I find one we'll BOTH have one!! I HAD one but destroyed it a Soar Utah last year....got caught sideways in the rotor and didn't have enough elevator to keep from hitting the ground. Wingtip caught and cartwheeled. Fuse was repairable but I was just going to purchase a new kit. Now I can't even find an old kit!
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:01 PM
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http://www.generalhobby.com/discus71...der-p-259.html

Is that it?
Old 11-04-2011, 10:27 PM
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NO!!

I ordered two of those thinking they were the same. Not even close. I was able to get a full refund from the gentleman without a problem. True customer service.
Old 11-05-2011, 03:27 AM
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Interesting... are you telling usthe Chinese were ripped off by the Chinese???!!! Seriously, what were the big differences between the "real" 157 inchDiscus and the "711" in the link?

Old 11-05-2011, 07:39 AM
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Fit & finish were terrible to say the least. Wingtips did not match the airfoil of the wing. Wings and tail components did not fit flush to fiberglass fuse. Flimsy canopy, no "cockpit", weak wing joiner, wings would crack and pop when flexed, heavy wings with a very noticeable weight difference between them, light, weak glass components for a 4 meter, very noticeable bump where two part fuse was joined in the tail boom. Exposed ends of all control surfaces, (not covered with film). Just not worth my time to try fix up. Pictures and instructions were hijacked from Flyfly website, you will notice Flyfly has watermarked their pictures on the website now and General has removed hijacked pics from their website.
Old 12-02-2011, 07:48 AM
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How do you join the wings? Mine came with only the hole on the fuse and wings for the metal bar that runs through the wings and fus, but no bolts are holding the wing?
Old 12-02-2011, 08:11 AM
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J shaped cup hooks into each root rib and couple of rubber bands are all that are necessary.
Old 12-09-2012, 09:46 PM
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Tis been almost a year since any posting here, I just picked up a 3 meter used, that was built up but never flown. Anyone still flying these>?

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Hi glider fan i know this thread has been a while .i wodering who sell this 4 meter glider now ,i check most place is out of stock .
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I haven't seen one of these for sale at the retail level for at least a couple of years. There have been a few change hands via various classifieds and FeeBay, but that's about it, so far as I know. I have one that has yet to fly, but it's not for sale. As a matter of fact, I'd like to find at least areplacement wing set, because I'm using the ones from mine on another project.
Old 04-02-2013, 05:32 PM
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A good alternative could be the 3m Grob or 4m Nimbus from FlyFly: http://www.hobby88.com/shop/index.ph...sort=5a&page=2

Hobby88 is their retail shop.
Old 04-02-2013, 07:21 PM
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thx guy for the reply ,i did check out hobby88 for the Nimbus kind of like it but due to the fuselarge is a bit shorter .but i have order from hobby88 ask21 2.6meter .i will find out see who is selling it .
Old 04-03-2013, 01:20 AM
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Some interesting numbers that Fly Fly has published on the two planes (3m Grob and 4m Nimbus). The 3m has nearly the same wing area as the 4m, but the 4m is potetnially the lightest of the two, by a significant margin! Something wrong here, methinks.

I see there are no reviews on the 4m, and I can't find any mention of it anywhere on the web, aside from the Fly Fly site. Is it so new that no one out has their hands on one yet? I'd like to see some real world numbers WRT weight and wing area.
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WOW!! Hobby 88 sure have dropped the prices since I last visited!! My saved link shows $209 for the 3 meter Fox and they have dropped it to $133...

Gary, I think the weight difference is in the fuse.
Old 04-03-2013, 12:23 PM
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So do u guy think this 4m nimbus from hobby88 is a good choice to get ? is there anyone out there have build one yet .i heard the condor 4 meter is coming out soon .
-G-103 PT-PJE Glider with brake_KIT
[FF-B034] US$178.00



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Grob-G-103 Glider PT-PJE
Model no. : FF-B034

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Material : Epoxy fuselage / Balsa wood wings
Wingspan : 3000mm
Length : 1370mm
Airfoil : HQ35-14
Wing Area : 42 dm2
Flying Weight : 1800-2000g


Old 04-03-2013, 01:09 PM
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I hate to give advise to anyone. What I like in a glider other people may not like. They are inexpensive so don't expect a whole lot.
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I'm in the process of putting together one of the kits that was the original subject of this thread... advertised and marketed under various titles, but popularly known as the "4m Ventus Discus" (sic). I'm attaching a photo of the label on the box mine was shipped in, to eliminate any possible confusion about which plane I'm referring to. As an aside, I think the box label got it right with"4M Semi ScaleGlider".

Anyway, I've recentlysearched (nay, I'veread) this thread and many other lengthy treatises about this plane, but I don't see any reference to someone replacing the somewhatless-than-ideal stabilator arrangementwith a conventional stab/elevator setup. I think that's what I want to do, but I'd like to have some clue asto where to set stab incidence, relative to the wing. If nothing else, I'm hoping someone can furnish those numbers for a stabilator (in cruise trim) on a proven flier. That's why I'm tagging onto this thread - hoping that some of the builders of thisparticular plane will stillbe subscribed.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:48 AM
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Like everyone says, "Shim the elevator so you get a little more 'up' in it." I looked for one of those for the last 2-3 years. Gave up on it and going with the HRS Fox or ASK instead
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I'm not concerned about the travel, as I had read aboutthe shiimming required to get that taken care of. I simply don't like the design. I've already removed the pivot pin, drilled out the the holes to a larger size and installed a new, better fittingpin. But despitethis fix, there is just too much wiggle in that assembly to suit me. A lot of it comes from flex in the vertical stab, which will be helped immensely with a horizontal stab bolted solidly to it.
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Ah so....then you are on your own!!
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Found! Seems a fellow in Australia did this same mod, mounted the stab at1.5 degrees incidence. This apparently worked fine, since he only needed a few clicks of elevatortrim on the maiden flight.

Now... where's that razor saw?
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Okay... so the horizontal stab mod is done, we're getting pretty close to flying this thing. I'm puzzled though, with respect to CG on this bird:
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- The instruction manual says CG should be set 74 mm aft of the wing root leading edge.
- I've seen references in this thread to "... cg at the wing rod", which would be less than 70 mm.
- In other threads on RCG, I'veseeneverything from55mm(that's no typo... fifty-five!) to 80mm.
- Now for the good part. Using two different CG calculators - Sailplane Calc spreadsheet and http://adamone.rchomepage.com/cg_calc.htm- I come up with CG's of 122mm and 114mm aft of the root LE, respectively. I've measured and re-measured all input parameters, and made sure (Ithink!) my inputs make sense to both myself and the calculators. And BTW, these numbers are the result of using a conservative 15% static margin. How can there be so much difference between a conservatively calculated CG and what everyone seems to be using, including the factory recommendation (for what that's worth)?

So has anyone out there actually tried flying this thing with a CG aft of 80mm behind the root leading edge?

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