The E-flite® UMX™ Whipit™ DLG is a sailplane that combines convenience and affordability so that the fun of pure flight is possible to enjoy regardless of experience level. Like the high-performance discus-launch gliders (DLG) popular in competition, this ultra micro aircraft features ultra-lightweight construction with carbon fiber for strength. But it’s also simple like that free flight chuck glider we played with as kids, only now we’ve made it radio controlled.
The wing is removable for easy storage and is reinforced for right or left handed launches. A protective pod cover on the nose easily reveals the simple two-channel Spektrum™ DSMX® control system and battery compartment. With just a single 150mAh 1S Li-Po battery you can expect long flight times either in your backyard, a local park or just about anywhere you want to harness the power of nature.
I have been into RC planes, drones and helis for several years; this is my first glider. Arrived in perfect shape and went together easily. I strongly recommend using a top quality screwdriver that fits the screw heads perfectly, as considerable torque is necessary to tighten the screws used to attach the wing to the fuse. The decals on the top of the wings were not applied well and have bumps/air bubbles, but that's not a big deal. Binding is easy. I am using a 150 mAh E-flite pack all the way to the nose.
Tried a few straight hand launches to get a sense of its characteristics; it is easy to fly. I tried few discus launches. My technique is far from perfect, but I could really get it up there. Mine resulted in the glider going up at about 80 degrees to the ground. At the top of the arc I flatten it out and glide down. Flights are short but fun. I passed the controller to my five year-old son, who has some simulator time. He was able to fly it very well and even discus launch a couple of times (your results will vary).
One hell of a fun glider. I started out in the flying RC hobby with a much larger electric glider but that was too big of a hurdle which ended in so many crashes that I can't fly it anymore. I needed something simpler and that is where the DLG Whipit came into the picture. I bought it 3 weeks ago and boy what a great plane to practice in. I am loving it. Crashed it into 3 trees already and with some minor fixes flies just like nothing had happened. I ended up adding another 6 grams of weight to the Whipit in the form of packing tape to reinforce the main wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers a tad more which helps with all the crashing I do. I also added a small hole to the tip on the nose to add three BB pellets to get center of gravity back to manual specifications. Just today, I hooked two thermals that took the Whipit so high that I had to dive away before it got too far to see!! The Whipit has exceeded my expectations and I am becoming a better pilot every time I fly it!
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