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.
• Plug and Fly - Complete final assembly, install your choice of 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
300mAh~500mAh 2S ( Power)
This DLG flys fantastic! Everyone at the field was mesmerized with its ability to gracefully navigate and wrap in thermals. It seemed to float forever. Several of my flying buddies are going to purchase one.
I would say that the way the elevator attaches to the boom/fuselage is by a single glue joint. I recommend wrapping this joint with fiberglass cloth to make it stronger. I didn't and the elevator ripped off during launch and tore into my rudder. I am currently repairing it and can't wait to get it back up.
It is so much fun!!Nice model looks good good and well build, BUT DO NOT BY THE (PNF).
The servos is crap, got 2 with smoke in themself and a aileron that jitters or move down, gonna have to change all mine: (
Suks pretty much when i wanted a model that was plug and fly ..I have not yet flown it (too windy since days) but it is indeed well built and the weight is as specified (mine is 290 gr). The manual could be better.
Another small minus is the cockpit which is a carbon shell. Is one supposed to use tape to keep it in place? I have used two small screws to fix it, one in front and one in the back.