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Achievement Unlocked - Used Radian

Andre

Fly yes... land no.
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#1
Last night I got to check off a plane from my wish list.

Picked up a very nice (used) Radian.

I've wanted one since last summer when I had the chance to fly with Chris.

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I came home after FF and used my Bixler to go soaring. Worked out well but I was always having to strip out the FPV gear.

So last week I posted a note with the local group and presto.

According to the previous owner he flew the Radian about 10 times before deciding he wanted something different.

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Can't wait till July.
 

abieex

Member
Mentor
#2
Keep your eyes on the forum as I'm about to post a thread about gliders at FF2015. I'm bringing my Radian and hope others will too. Sounds like I can count on you!
 

Andre

Fly yes... land no.
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#4
Keep your eyes on the forum as I'm about to post a thread about gliders at FF2015. I'm bringing my Radian and hope others will too. Sounds like I can count on you!
Yes both the big Radian and the UMX will make the trip.

They are very nice to get above all the action.
 

DharanFlyer

Active member
#7
Nice. I have the Radian on my wish list. All due to the rave reviews that Chris and Wayne give it. Went to a swap meet last weekend but not much luck in the foamie department.
 

Andre

Fly yes... land no.
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#9
Nice. I have the Radian on my wish list. All due to the rave reviews that Chris and Wayne give it. Went to a swap meet last weekend but not much luck in the foamie department.
Yeah only my 2nd plane I've been able to purchase used.
 

Andre

Fly yes... land no.
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#11
For being used it appeared in great shape. Good luck with it.
Yes pleasant surprise. Should serve me well.

If the weather holds up for the weekend I'll give it a good test.

I only have 2 3S 1000's in my stock so they will be used on this plane.

I'll look into getting some 1300's or 1500's later on.
 

Andre

Fly yes... land no.
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#12
Are you receiving me?

A little Golden Earring :)

So last night I was trying to setup a case-less Orange R615 receiver.

Really tempted to put some vertical servo pins into the place vs the 90's.

Stock radio setup. One of those puppies is $40.00 here
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I have a little work to do to make it all perfect.
This weekend I'll do a range test before putting the Radian in the air for sure.
 
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quorneng

Active member
#14
Not wishing to cause concern but the aerial location could be cause for concern. One aerial is quite close to the pair of servos and the other rather shielded by the battery.
 

earthsciteach

Moderator
Moderator
#16
Dan - we def have to bring our mystery sailplanes back. If for nothing else, so someone can tell us what they are.

Maybe I'll have my big ASW-15 done this year…
 

Craftydan

Hostage Taker of Quads
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Mentor
#17
Dan - we def have to bring our mystery sailplanes back. If for nothing else, so someone can tell us what they are.

Maybe I'll have my big ASW-15 done this year…
Oh, She's coming along. As are at least two other gliders . . . or three . . . well 4 if you count the UMX radian, but she's so small, it's really 3.5
 

Andre

Fly yes... land no.
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#18
Working on the CG

Played around with the 615's location but I will order a long whip receiver today.

CG with a 3S 1000 is with the battery all the way to the back.
With the 2200 the battery is a bit more forward.

I'll do some glide tests and a range check before setting her lose.


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Andre

Fly yes... land no.
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#19
Lovely plane :)

Did 2 flights on Sunday in some decent windy conditions.

I estimate the 3S 1000 will give me about 4 minutes of run time but the Radian was much happier with the battery slightly forward.
All the way to the back it was a touch tail heavy. So I do think the 3S 1500's will be perfect.

No issues with the DSMX radio but I will get something with some long whip antennas.
 

makattack

Winter is coming
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#20
Yeah, at our club, people seem to lose a lot of Radians to huge thermals and letting them get too far downwind... The club president just got a call this week from someone walking in the woods who found his Radian in January (lost on the New Years Day frozen finger fun fly) -- it's now April, but the guy told him that since his contact details were on the bottom of the plane, when he found it, it was all iced over so he didn't see it so he just put it in his shed for the entire winter. It didn't thaw until just this past week, and he saw the contact details and called to have it picked up.

At any rate, it seems like a good plane to make sure contact details are easy to find, (even in the winter) and that the RF system is geared for longish range.