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

From: Tim Schuh <tim@...>
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010 9:35 PM
Subject: Re: [BugHLG] Newbie
On 4/1/2010 11:14 AM, Paul LaChance wrote: > Hi all, > > I am a newbie on this group although I have been flying all forms of RC and FF for about 30 years now. In fact, in about 1984 I was using the DLG technique on a 2 meter Tower Hobbies Easy Breezy. > > I look forward to leaning more about modern DLG gliders and am looking for some free plans for an easy to build DLG glider to scratch build. > > Paul > Greetings Paul. I joined the group for basically the same reason and honestly, this is the first message I've seen. I did order a set of the Bug plans just because it looks like a fun plane to pitch around the ball park. Kinko's can make a copy for about $5 so you don't destroy your originals. There are also a couple of discus launch glider plans on the internet for free. The Mimi looks to be the most popular but you'll have to send the author an email before he sends you the plans. That said he's a very friendly chap from the Netherlands. That model uses a solid balsa wing rather than the built up wing of the Bug and it launches in a discus style rather than the baseball pitch of the Bug. You can get a much, much higher launch with a discus launch but it seems nearly all the DLGs out there are aimed at competition rather than just fun flying. A very strong majority are carbon fiber fuse, tail boom, wing and sometimes even the empennage. These present a special challenge. Since carbon is electrically conductive you are essentially putting your RX in a Farraday cage. Most manufacturers of 2.4GHz radios now have RXs just for carbon fused models with much longer antenna that are designed to protrude from the fuselage.