Archive of the Yahoo! Groups mailing list for the Bug hand-launch glider 2002-2018

From: "trizzle777" <trizzle777@...>
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 8:48 PM
Subject: Re: Longest flights with the Bug
Thanks for your time and the great insights and tips.....i'm forwarding that one to the archives. I'm giving Bug 1 to my father in law for Christmas to get him started on R/C, and building another 1. I have the kitchen scale on hand at all times, and I'm building nice and light so far, so I'll let you know how it goes. I'm giving him my 3 channel radio with the bug and thinking about getting one that supports model memory for pre-sets, although I like your approach of just right stick until just after launch. Thanks again. Regards - T --- In BugHLG@yahoogroups.com, "gldrgidr" <gldrgidr@m...> wrote: > trizzle777, > I realized that I didn't answer all your questions. > I do SAL my bug and although it originally had a wing-tip peg, it no > longer does. My peg had a wire wrapped around it and the ends of the > wire were epoxied into the tube spar. After many launches the wire > suffered from fatigue and broke (the wire ends are still epoxied into > the spar). I now grasp the tip with my thumb beneath the wing and my > other fingers on top (index finger on top of spar). The launches are > a little higher and easier with the peg, but it also means that that > the wing isn't balanced - the peg tip weighs more than the other. > My bug photos are in the Gallagher folder in the Photos section. > > A preset is needed for my SAL technique (I'll post on this later). > Throwing right handed, I push the transmitter control stick to the > right (about half rudder) with my left thumb during launch. I > release the stick just after I release the glider. > My club's field is flat (acually more like the potata chip called > Ruffles). It's surrounded almost completely by trees. The wind was > too light for sloping the trees. With no leaves there isn't much of > a slope effect anyway. > 'Secrets of Thermals' is an excellant primer on thermals. I highly > recommend it. > > John > > > --- In BugHLG@yahoogroups.com, "trizzle777" <trizzle777@y...> wrote: > > > Were you side arm launching, using any pre-sets for the launch, > and > > does your bug have a wing-tip peg? (If you download Al Wright's > > Gambler manual from his site, he gives what seems to be some nice > > tips on SAL'ing). I've never actually launched side-arm, at least > > not yet. Are pictures of your bug posted? > > > > What's the terrain where you were flying. Could you have picked > up > > any slope lift? > > > > BTW, I find RadioCarbonArt videos to be excellent. There's one > > called "Secrets of Thermals" which I may pick up as a result of > your > > message, in order to learn more. > > > > Thanks again. > > > > > > > > --- In BugHLG@yahoogroups.com, "gldrgidr" <gldrgidr@m...> wrote: > > > Two weeks ago, here in New Jersey, we had a good flying weekend. > I > > > got my longest thermal flight with the Bug. It was 6 minutes and > > 50 > > > seconds. Has anyone had longer thermal flights? Maybe we should > > > have a running contest for longest Bug thermal flight. > > > What do you think? > > > Of course this is the wrong time of year to expect long flights. > > As > > > soon as I'm finished with this post, I have to go shovel the snow > > out > > > of my driveway so I can get to work tomarrow. > > > > > > John