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Vagabond XL & Swift S1 from Hacker Model

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2 new kits for review arrived yesterday from Hacker (Czech Republic) ! The Vagabond XL , and a Swift S1. Both have 2 meters wingspan and feature a laminated film covering.

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Assembly will start in the coming days, Stay tuned !




F3F French League: Col de Tende

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This week-end was the french league contest of Col de tende at the border between Italy and France. We got light conditions on saturday, but managed 4 rounds on the south slopes. Unfortunately on Sunday, the wind stayed too light and from the north so we couldn't resume the contest. Best time of the comp in 38s by Frédéric Hours. Stay and camping on the slope would have been perfect without an army of flies and mosquitos which just eated us ! A big thanks to Sébastien and Philippe Lanes, the organisers !
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Below is an aerial Footage of the Central Fortress of Tende (Alps) between Italy and France.
Remnant of the 1st world war. Altitude 2000m/6000fts. Thanks to Aubry Gabanon:

F3F league contest in Ardèche

This week-end was a F3F league contest in Ardèche. Unfortunately, the stormy weather that is on the south of France fro few days didn't allow to valideta the contest. Saturday afternoon, with warm temperatur and low wind, we did 1 round and half before the end of the day. Strong storm and heavy rains arrived in the evening and didn't stop during the night. Today, same scenario with no wind and wet air, and again storm tonight. We couldn't add new rounds. With 1.5 rounds the contest is therefore not valid. Next contest is in 2 weeks.

F3F French league: Vosgen

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End of May was the french league contest in Vosgen. Nice conditions, with plenty of wind, 15 rounds flown over 2 days with 20 pilots. I've flown my Shinto and Jedi and got the fastest time of the comp in 36s with the Jedi (1.2kg of ballast). I won the contest, followed by my friend and MKS team mate Reto Blumer. Jacques Marczak finished third. A big thanks to the organisers Renaud and Stéphane !

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The evolutive ranking:


[Essai] Héron de Multiplex, Les volets font la différence !

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Deux ans après la sortie du populaire et réussi Solius, Multiplex récidive avec une nouveauté présentée à Nuremberg, dans la parfaite lignée du Solius avec ce planeur de 2.40m d’envergure baptisé Héron (Nom de l’échassier), équipé de volets. Disponible en version kit à construire ou en version RR prêt à voler, c’est cette deuxième version dont je vous propose l’essai aujourd’hui.
Un Solius en à peine plus grand

En fait en y regardant de plus près, à part 24 cm de plus en envergure et l’ajout de volets, il faut bien le reconnaitre, rien de diffère si ce n’est le stab un poil plus grand. Même longueur de fuselage, même motorisation, même batterie recommandé, un poids en ordre de vol à peine plus élevé, ainsi que la charge alaire. D’ailleurs le Héron ne s’en cache pas car en dehors de saumon de l’aile lui donnant plus d’allongement et d’effilement, l’esthétique est la même. Donc la grande nouveauté, ce sont ces fameux volets qui vont permettre, combinés aux ailerons, vont permettre d’éla…