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DG-1000 Glider by ST Models

By: Dave Taylor

Specification

Wing span:2010mm/79.1in
Length:970mm/38.2in
Wing area:22.5dm/348.7in2
Wing loading:33.3g/dm
Weight:750g/36.5oz
Power system:Brushless motor,1300 mHa Li-Po battery
Propeller:7x5
Radio:5 channel transmitter x 6 channel receiver.
Servos:4 micro x 1 standard servo included x fitted

If like me you like flying RC gliders with a scalelish outline then this is for you as it has a big bonus because it is self launching. Meaning you dont need a winch or a bungee or for that matter an aero-tow to height.

This baby comes with her own power pod which extends from the fuss. Once you have climbed to height you throttle back and the power pod drops back, the propeller stops and then the whole thing retracts back into the fuss. You then have a glider, the retracted motor has moved the CG back a little, but that is just right as this make for a better glide performance.

I have now had a lot of time flying mine and can say that it is a very nice bit of kit to have around, be it on a flat field or on the slope where you do not have to launch using the the motor as this glider also likes to slope soar. It is also quite agile and will happily loop, stall turn and roll like most scale sailplanes.

In setting up I used a Corona RP8DI synthesized receiver and Loong-max 13000 mAH Li-po battery pack both from www.giantcod.co.uk these both work well and give good performance.

By using an 8 channel set up I can use differential on the ailerons which helps the model to turn better. The package comes with a Y lead and I flew mine with this but she did fly a little better with some differential dialed in. You can also use up aileron for airbrake using other mixers.

Perhaps not the best looking glider on the ground or close up but when in the air this model rewards you with some nice flying. Well worth the money at around 130.00 - Dave

See also: Electric Flight, Glider, Model Aircraft Gallery.