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  • Maidened My Radian XL!

    When I saw Horizon had these on sale for $179.99 I HAD to get 1! Glad I did! Here's the maiden flight highlights.

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    I loved (past tense) my Radian XL as well. Had many great flights until one day I decided to get a bit "aerobatic" with the plane. I attempted to dive bomb straight down with the intention of pulling up 100' feet or so above the ground (a maneuver I love doing with my sport gliders) . As the plane was descending the main wing and tail started to flex and vibrate violently leaving me with zero elevator control. I don't know if I overloaded the tail servos or really what happened, but it was impossible to pull up and the plane crashed nose first into a grove of trees. Just a word of caution, be careful at high speeds.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Marco Polo View Post
      I loved (past tense) my Radian XL as well. Had many great flights until one day I decided to get a bit "aerobatic" with the plane. I attempted to dive bomb straight down with the intention of pulling up 100' feet or so above the ground (a maneuver I love doing with my sport gliders) . As the plane was descending the main wing and tail started to flex and vibrate violently leaving me with zero elevator control. I don't know if I overloaded the tail servos or really what happened, but it was impossible to pull up and the plane crashed nose first into a grove of trees. Just a word of caution, be careful at high speeds.
      Dang! Duly noted. Thanks

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      • #4
        I had a similar scenario on the Phoenix 2000. Had better luck as the P2K has flaps, the moment elevator was not responding it was immediate kill power, rudder and flaps. It was a very close call...

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        • #5
          Did the same thing with mine , wing snapped right off. This plane is not to be used to do any high speed moves with. This was after having it for two years , I guess I got to comfortable with it.
          BVM Bandit, EFlite Carbon Z T-28, EFlite Carbon Z Cub, EFlite Promethus, FW Avanti S, FW A-10 ThunderBolt, FW P-51 Mustang, EFlite Convergance, EFlite Carbon Z Cessna 150, EFlite Habu, EFlite Styker Q-F27, HSD Navy Super Viper

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          • #6
            Reinforced the wings about half a foot from the center of the wing out on each side with white duct tape. All the leading edge with clear packing tape, one right at the edge and another strip starting the curve of the top wing. Placed another strip at the top center of the wing side to side. Yes, it may have added some weight, but can do hammerheads, loops, rolls, Immelman, Cuban 8s, etc. At the beginning they were sloppy and out of sync do to the large wingspan, but after a few batteries, they really looked smooth and graceful.

            The wings do flex, but so far after one year of heavy flying, the wings in one piece. The one thing maneuver it does not like is a very aggressive dive perpendicular to the ground, if it catches too much speed the weak servos and small controls is not enough. When doing them, enough altitude, rudder and flaps ready.

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