Another new design from Justin “JGAF” Gafford, which he’s calling the “No Name Plane” for the time being. Check out the rolling circle at 0:21 – really nice! Looks like another smooth flying ultrabat
At long last – the Aresti, a long-awaited new design by the one and only Doc James Hammond, is finally coming to fruition! The prototype of the 2m version has flown in the UK in extremely strong 50mph+ winds and judging by the video, the performance appears to excellent!
There is also a 3m version of the Aresti in the works… really looking forward to this one.
Ronan Calloch sent me this nice video of his first flight in 2 years with his very cool 4.6m Kostez. His Kostez is one of the largest VTPR gliders anywhere, and it flies beautifully!! It’s good to see it back in the air… Enjoy
First time back flying in 10+ months… feels good, man!
Maiden flight of my new Buzz Evo by JGAF’s Custom Aerobats. Frequent visitors to this site will know of Justin’s Buzz design. I really like this new Evo version with longer tailboom, it really flies great. Super tight and fast flips, good knife edge, smooth rolls, and great light lift performance. Really a bitchin’ plane!!
Shane Spoor’s original Fluid glider was lost to an accident, but happily he’s finished and is flying a new version… and it’s fantastic! You can read all about the Fluid in Shane’s thread on RCGroups as well as browse through related posts here. Enjoy!
Joël from France has sent me a cool new video of an Ippon glider flying VTPR and aerobatics at the Ménez-Hom. Very nice!!
Dawson got some nice weather out in Arizona and got his Buzz Evolution up for a fun flight. Enjoy some smoothness!!
FINALLY!! I was very stoked when I saw this – an ARF ultrabat, how cool!! It’s the new Vagabond 1500 aerobatics glider from Hacker-Model.eu. I came across this very exciting new model on the VTPR and Slope Aerobatics Facebook group earlier today.
It’s clearly inspired in no small part by Le Fish and to my eye they’ve done a good job of it – I especially LOVE the canopy It’s built from EPP, has a 1500mm (59″) wingspan, is 975mm (38.4″) long and weighs 400g (14oz) and up… with what appears to be a fully functional Madslide -style stabilizer, direct from factory. Those specs are all spot-on for a very fun VTPR / ultrabatics / conventional aerobatics glider with great light lift performance.
The Vagabond 1500 product page also makes mention of a “foil” covering, which – hopefully – provides some kind of stiffness and durability improvement compared to the raw foam of the Telink Multifun.
I’m guessing that even if it needs a few mods out of box (and who knows, maybe it’s good to go straight away), this is going to be one of the fastest and most accessible ways to get into ultrabatic flying out there. I’m soooo stoked about it! Great job Hacker – thanks for serving our small segment of the hobby!!
|Vagabond 1500 specifications:||Wingspan:||1500mm (59″)|
|Construction:||EPP with “foil” (???) covering|