breaking free of thermals that threaten to drag
you out of sight or for landing on fields with
Although not designed for aerobatics, the
aircraft will do loops and rolls similar to any
other large, aileron-equipped glider. It will fly
inverted, but takes nearly full down-elevator to
hold it there because of the wing design.
It was time to see how it handled thermals.
The birds were out in force so I launched the
Mystique in search of lift. After it was trimmed
for hands-off flight, the airplane reacted well
to modest lift. When you find a thermal,
coordinating the rudder helps the airplane turn
tightly in the rising air. Cracking the flaps a few
degrees helps maximize the free ride up.
After the thermal moves downwind, reflexing
the flaps 1mm up will stretch the airplane’s legs
and moves it quickly back upwind in search of
the next thermal.
My first non-test flight resulted in a 28-minute glide
after the engine cut out. That was before I had my mixing
completely dialed in. After three or four more climbs, I
landed and charged the battery. After 48 minutes of total air
time I had only used 19% of the battery’s capacity.
When it’s time to land, the Mystique will glide a long way,
so proper glide slope control using the flaps is a must.
With proper use of the flaps, steep landing approaches are
possible and spot landings are no problem. Remember to
pull the flaps up before touchdown if you’re using more than
the 25° suggested in the manual. Full crow mixing using the
glider program will nearly stop the Mystique in midair.
The E-flite Power 25 BL motor is installed in the business end of the Mystique. Ensure
that the wires can’t rub the motor while it is rotating.
I belong to a large club and always have people waiting to
get their hands on my review models. This airplane was no
different. Sorry, this one isn’t going anywhere.
The Mystique has many positives. This aircraft is a nicely
constructed, open-class sailplane that would be competitive in
ALES or LMR events in the hands of a good pilot.
Flying the Mystique is a pleasure. The large size and
attractive color scheme make it easy to see for eyes that aren’t
getting any younger. Everyone I let fly the aircraft had nothing
but smiles and positive feedback.
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AUGUST 2013 www.ModelAviation.com