The discus launch glider, the purest and simplest form of RC flight. The HobbyKing 1.5M Composite DLG Discus Launch Glider is no exception. Glider and Transmitter in hand, any open space becomes a flying field. A single battery will last for hours of thermal hunting fun. No winches or high starts needed. The act of launching via discus style yields the highest launches with minimal effort.
The HobbyKing 1.5M Composite DLG is a European level of quality and precision, with a HobbyKing level price tag. Hand molded of the finest carbon, aramid and fiber glass cloth, this model oozes awesome. Opening the box you are greeted to the 1 piece vacuum bagged blue foam core wing. Carbon/Aramid cloth is laid on the 45 degree bias which gives a torisionally rigid wing, while carbon spar caps give longitudal strength. The wing tip launch peg comes separate allowing you to install in either the left of the right wing tip depending on launch preference. Live hinged, large size ailerons are set up for two servos allowing you to run them as flaps for augmenting camber, if using a 6+ channel radio system.
The fuselage pod is molded fiberglass with a nice gelcoat finish, while a spiral wrapped tapered carbon boom holds the tail feathers and micro pushrods. The tail is vacuum bagged carbon matte skin over polyurethane foam cores.
The level of pre-fabrication is amazing. Available as an Almost Ready to Fly (ARF) and a Plug and Fly (PNF) options. Either option can be in the air with minimal work. This model is great down to the tiniest details. Wing bolt holes have aluminum inserts to prevent crushing of the foam if you tighten it too far. Hardware is overly sufficient to do the job, yet light weight at the same time.
Out at the field, with minimal effort, great launch heights can be achieved. The 1.5M Composite slows down easily even without flaps to allow hand catches, minimizing lost time, important for competition. With the quality and flight performance of this model, taking the local competition by storm is easy. In addition to being a great discus launch thermal glider, the 1.5M Composite also excels as a slope model in wind up to about 15mph. The extremely clean design allows it to penetrate the wind, even with its light weight.
Be sure to give this model a try, you'll be glad you did.
• Almost Ready to Fly - Complete final assembly, install your choice of servos, receiver and battery
• Vacuum bagged Kevlar/foam core wings with CF Reinforcing
• Carbon canopy and spiral wound tapered carbon tail boom
• Fiberglass fuselage pod with CF Reinforcing
• Carbon reinforced foam tail surfaces
• Removable 1pc Wing for Easy Transport
• Live skin hinged ailerons
• Light weight control hardware
Wing Area: 23.0 dm2
Wing Loading: 12.4g dm2
Flying Weight: 285g
2+ Channel transmitter and receiver
4 x 8g servos
300mAh~500mAh 2S ( Power)
Sorry but I also forgot to mention that the plane trimmed out nearly perfect first flight. I have had about 50 now and it tracks straight and true. Only issue was with the peg, which I have reenforced with fiberglass along the outside of the peg. Solid as a rock now.
You can guess by now I have had a couple of hard landings and I am pleased to say that I have detected no damage what so ever!
Seems my first review didn't make it. So I will try again.
This plane is well designed and manufactured. ArtSky and HK did an excellent job. The build was simple except for the critical nature of getting the control rod z bends spot on, which I did not the first time.
I reenforced with fiberglass the fuselage where the fin slides into it, and the fuselage to stabilizer jointer.
Balance was at 77.5 with 5 grams added in the area where the electronic are housed. I used Velcro to mount the electronics: I used a 320 2s with a BEC, and orange receiver without the case and 4 dymond D47 servos. Tight, but everything fit well.
Wings are very stiff and no twisting, fuselage is reenforced with CB and the nose has a little extra in it as well.
If you are on the fence with this one you will not be disappointed.Wrote a review earlier and made a mistake about the manufacturer, it is ArtSky - this model seems to be a cross between their 2 and 3 model.
If for some reason I don't see my initial review, I will try again. Great plane and flies like a dream.