The DZ500 has been designed with FPV in mind but it also makes a great sport flyer, simple and cheap to build, it's heaps of fun no matter how you use it!
The nicely constructed balsa airframe has been naturally weighted "tail heavy" to account for the additional weight of FPV equipment, the nose has also been shaped in such a way as to make the DZ500 ideal for camera installation. The model comes with instructions and hardware, including CF wing mounting tubes, being a bare airframe, this allows the builder to choose exactly how he wants to equip the model.
The DZ500 is huge amounts of fun to fly, it is very stable with great slow fly ability, however, it can be suprisingly fast and aerobatic! Most models of this genre are foam, the DZ500 is just that little bit different, it is a nicely made balsa alternative to a foamy wing that is cheap to build, fun to fly!
Features: Nice Quality Balsa Construction Expertly Pre-Covered Simple and Fast Construction Versatile Payload Capability Purpose Designed for FPV Cheap to build
Requires: Your Own 4 Channel TX/RX with Delta Mixing 2826 Brushless Outrunner Motor 1800kv~2200kv 6"~8" Prop (depending on motor) 30A ESC w/BEC 2 x 9g Servo FPV Equipment 2200mAh 3s Lipoly Battery
* N.B. This model s designed for FPV applications and is therefore naturally tail heavy, for sport flying applications, a larger Lipoly should be used to compensate for the lack of FPV equipment, for instance a 2650mAh 3s pack Minimum.
i wonder if someone designed a different rudder for this thing, since the one provided, would get in the way(my opinion), then would it fly better or worse, but its worth a try!This seems more practical as a sport or aerobatic plane than a aerial photo or FPV plane anyhow!
thats not what i was getting at., The rudder looks as though as if it woulld be in the way for some types of motor combinations that use bigger props. I.E. the rudder thats on there (in my opinion) is ugly and excessive. Maybe one that is taller than longer in this case, that would give more stability for whatever you would use it for.
Hi DriesRC, I think someone bought it ... however the magazine which features the glider (and I believe also the 'free plan' is on ebay uk as item no. 310378952541). Would post the link but it will automatically get removed.
There is a very short thread on RCG titled 'zippy slope soarer information' which has a copy of the article but (of course) not the plan.
It's a Bird. Can't you see the beak? The eye sockets, the tail feather... I'd add some feather decals on the top, and a simple line silouhette of a bird of prey on the sides, would look very cool. It's not weird, it's actually clever looking. I love it.. just waiting for next pay to pick this up. sweet.
Looking at the back its odd the vertical stabiliser overhangs where the motor is. With FPV gear its going to be heavy and unless you've got a folding prop, without undercarriage you can expect a lot of broken props on landing. Personally I hate undercarriages due to where I fly and their unnecessary weight. With those squared off wings I also wonder about it tip stalling. I have lot of reservations about this but I like the idea.
I fly my gliders with a normal prop (so no folding prop) and it doesn't break at all, I've never had a broken prop, when it touches the ground it just comes horizontaly. If your motor is still running though, a prop can brake, but if you just let it spin without a break on the brushless, it should do well (in my opinion)
With a bit of practice you can get it to stall just above the ground so that it plops down. That's the most effective way I've found with this type of loaded plane, mind you accidents can happen. I'm fairly new to the hobby and washout configurations is something I need to play around with.
Bill Evans with his simitar series were similar concept. Many published in RCM and downloadable for free now.
This is an excellent flying plane. Sporting a d-2826 2200kv powered by a HK red brick 30A esc,spinning a 8x3.8 prop taken from My HK Canadair. Using 2-2cell(7.4v) 2200mah for a total of 4400 mah at 7.4v, this plane flies for 27 1/2 minutes. Draws 34A on the bench, just what the motor spec is, perfect. Pretty fast for a two cell, flies nice at half throttle. Flies like My HK Combat and Slope soaring Wing but much more precise, no flexing. Can't wait to see what it will do with a 3 cell and 6x4. Highly recommend this plane,an excellent fast flyer. You won't be disappointed. Already ordered M second one.Mounting FPV camera and transmitter as I'm writing this.
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Haven't flown it yet. It's from another company that has them pre-cut. HK appears to assemble and cover them.
Build quality is OK - I'd recommend re-gluing the attachments for servos before attaching, this was my only real complaint.
Wings get glued to the carbon spar, they are not attached by screws, so once it's assembled, that's it.
Trailing edge and elverons are not pre-slotted, but this only takes a few minutes.
I set mine up with thd D2826-10 and a 7 x 4, which I think is as large as you can get on there in terms of diameter. With a 30A ESC, it's triggered overload on the bench once. It won't push vertical with a 2800ma 3-c battery, just based on bench running it and weight.
No wheels. Bottom is balsa, so it's not going to take much to ding it up. There is no place to mount the battery, so you'll need to fabricate a tray... It might be interesting as a float plane, haven't decided.
Launching it is going to be interesting. It's medium weight for hand-toss and you'll need to get clear of the 8" prop that is turning pretty good RPM.
I'll report back when I've flown it.