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Forum: Beginners
01-02-2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

Fatal crash

Thanks for sharing the valuable advice. I, too, prefer using Mode 2, which I've read is predominant in the USA.

I've had my Radian for a year and was only able to get in a few flights in after...
Forum: Beginners
01-17-2013, 12:42 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

Excellent idea! Why didn't I think of that?!

Excellent idea! Why didn't I think of that?!
Forum: Beginners
01-14-2013, 02:33 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

It's the standard connector that comes with the...

It's the standard connector that comes with the plane. The screw that goes into the connector to secure the pushrod is an aluminum thumbscrew that isn't very sturdy.

I think I will apply a drill...
Forum: Beginners
01-14-2013, 12:02 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

Yep, the connector on the pushrod to the...

Yep, the connector on the pushrod to the elevator. The thumbscrew screwed into the connector that slides onto the pushrod, securing it to the elevator. I'm probably using the incorrect lingo.
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Forum: Beginners
01-13-2013, 08:41 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

One issue I forgot to mention: the connector with...

One issue I forgot to mention: the connector with the broken thumbscrew is still tightly attached to the control rod. I am trying to figure out how to safely remove it.

p.s. No flying this weekend...
Forum: Beginners
01-11-2013, 03:43 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

My replacement Dubro mini EZ connectors and 2...

My replacement Dubro mini EZ connectors and 2 spare canopies arrived yesterday. I hope the weather/wind permits flying this weekend. One thing I noticed when I removed the old thumbscrews was that...
Forum: Beginners
01-08-2013, 02:29 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

I saw that Australian kid's video long ago and...

I saw that Australian kid's video long ago and that convinced me to get a Radian. The stuff he is able to do with a sailplane is amazing! Impressive skills.
Forum: Beginners
01-07-2013, 02:40 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

@Rockin: Thanks for commenting on Paul's...

@Rockin: Thanks for commenting on Paul's suggested Radian mods. It's nice to get another experienced flyer's perspective.

Too late on #4: I bought a spare battery when I bought the plane. I'm...
Forum: Beginners
01-05-2013, 05:15 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

Unfortunately, no flying today since winds are...

Unfortunately, no flying today since winds are 10-20 MPH. Really disappointed.

It's just as well though: I was tightening all the screws last night and the rudder thumbscrew broke. If I make it...
Forum: Beginners
01-04-2013, 11:52 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

One last question before the weekend arrives:...

One last question before the weekend arrives: what is stabilizer decalage??

I see a picture of it labeled in the following Radian article but I'm not sure of its meaning:...
Forum: Beginners
01-04-2013, 07:38 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

Two quick questions: 1) How best to ensure the...

Two quick questions:
1) How best to ensure the horizontal stabilizer stays where I want it?
2) How best to ensure the wings stay locked together in flight?

I centered the stabilizer and applied...
Forum: Beginners
01-04-2013, 03:08 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

Many thanks for all the additional advice...

Many thanks for all the additional advice (especially JetPlaneFlyer's point #2--makes sense, now). I now need to put the newfound knowledge into practice and roll the dice.

I believe I have...
Forum: Beginners
01-03-2013, 11:12 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

@xmech2k: I have a dozen or so hours on the Real...

@xmech2k: I have a dozen or so hours on the Real Flight demo. It was very tough at first but it's fairly easy now (the reverse spatial view is not a problem for me). This was via keyboard/mouse...
Forum: Beginners
01-03-2013, 06:58 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

Hmmm, I was thinking 30 degrees (from horizontal)...

Hmmm, I was thinking 30 degrees (from horizontal) to be a good, safe angle for take-off for a hand-launched sailplane. I tried to mimic what I've seen in the Radian "Unboxing and Maiden Flight" type...
Forum: Beginners
01-03-2013, 06:17 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

@Rockin Robbins: thanks for the very informative...

@Rockin Robbins: thanks for the very informative post. I especially like your conclusion points. The info makes sense. I've read many Radian posts about moving the CG back to 3.5" (from the stock...
Forum: Beginners
01-03-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

@flydiver: So are you saying I shouldn't worry...

@flydiver: So are you saying I shouldn't worry about the CG being off .5"/13mm and instead re-fly the plane as-is? I would think that would be inadvisable but I have no experience to base that...
Forum: Beginners
01-03-2013, 03:58 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

Thanks for the continued feedback and...

Thanks for the continued feedback and suggestions. I appreciate all the knowledge sharing.

As some have already said it's entirely possible the crash is completely due to pilot error and not the...
Forum: Beginners
01-03-2013, 03:36 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

@mclarkson: yeah, not sure why a stock plane...

@mclarkson: yeah, not sure why a stock plane would be so out of whack, especially with the battery as far back as I can force it. Maybe my 6 y/o son jammed some Lego Star Wars figures into the nose...
Forum: Beginners
01-02-2013, 09:42 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

@hayofstacks: the CG stand shows the CG to be at...

@hayofstacks: the CG stand shows the CG to be at the 2"/50mm mark, not 2.5"/63mm where it should be per the instructions/forums. Granted, I should have taken the time to construct the CG stand and...
Forum: Beginners
01-02-2013, 08:13 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,493
Posted By tscheffel

Question Parkzone Radian RTF CG way out of whack

Hello all. I took Santa's Parkzone Radian RTF out for the first time and both brief flights ended with intimate meetups with trees (I had to buy a 20' extension pole and squeegee attachment to get...
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