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 Post subject: Flite Test Versa as a slope glider
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:20 am 
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Now that it's finished and test flown, I figured I'd start a thread about my Flite Test Versa that I built as a slope glider.

Let me start by saying that this is a super easy build, and if it takes you more than an afternoon you are just slacking off (especially if you start with their laser cut kit). :tongue I just downloaded the PDF plans, made templates and started cutting foam.

Speaking of the foam, it is made from the Dollar Tree foam board. This stuff is amazing, and (perhaps most amazingly) is made in the USA by the RL Adams Plastic company! I followed Flite Test's recommendation to coat the foamboard with oil based polyurethane prior to using it, and you definitely want to follow their advice. :thumbup:

As for the build? Just follow the steps shown on their build video. No need to deviate from their plans! The only changes I made were related to the fact I was making a glider, and that was only in the pod itself. The wing is totally stock.

My pod is based on their power pod design, but is positioned further forward and "boat tails" at the back for lower drag. The nose is simply a block of blue foam that I shaped down and then "hard shelled" using wood glue and toilet tissue(!).

Color is a mix of duct tape (wing leading edge) and acrylic craft paint applied with a brush (everything else). AUW is 12.1 oz / 343g. That may in fact be too light for sloping, so I'll have ballast ready to tape on if that proves to be the case.

It's been a lot of fun, and I'm sure I will be building another one to use an electric power system I have that needs a home. 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Flite Test Versa as a slope glider
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:35 am 
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What did you end up doing for the push rods?


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 Post subject: Re: Flite Test Versa as a slope glider
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 1:16 pm 
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Solid .045" music wire inside a coffee straw with a Z bend at the servo, and L bend at the horn. To retain it in the horn I just put a blob of hot glue on it after inserting. I got it close enough in length that a bit of subtrim took care of the rest. Low tech, but it works!

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 Post subject: Re: Flite Test Versa as a slope glider
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Looks great have you done a test glide yet?

It will be interesting to see what the aileron response is like as they are on the opposite way to a rite wing.

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 Post subject: Re: Flite Test Versa as a slope glider
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:05 am 
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Yep, tested it in the street, and it's got a great glide. Aileron and elevator response seems fine. Most ailerons taper toward the tip, I'm not sure why the Rite Wings are done the opposite way. I guess it works, but I'm surprised they aren't prone to flutter.

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 Post subject: Re: Flite Test Versa as a slope glider
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Yours looks better with a shaped nose than the standard square firewall.
Inspired by your build I've ordered some black foam board to build my own. Nowhere says explicitly, but I assume you leave the paper on the foam.

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 Post subject: Re: Flite Test Versa as a slope glider
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Yes! Paper on, and be sure and follow their advice about using the oil based polyurethane to seal / waterproof the paper. They commented that hot glue won't stick to the varnished paper, but it will if you let it dry thoroughly. At least it did for me! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Flite Test Versa as a slope glider
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Ive Built a few of the Fite test planes and they all fly really well.

I am planning to build this one as well as soon as i have the time and space

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 Post subject: Re: Flite Test Versa as a slope glider
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Yes, I'll be building another with a motor. Or (assuming it survives the slope) I might just pull off the pod and put on one with a motor.
This would also be an ideal design to just bury some LED strips inside the wing when you build it and light up the entire airframe for night flying.

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 Post subject: Re: Flite Test Versa as a slope glider
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I keep looking at that removable power pod and wondering about an EDF version.


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