Okay, now why would you put in a. gyro if your winglets have worked so well toward the
handling in the wind ? Sure, there are a lot of guys that will say to install a gyro, but it will
eat some of your battery too. Maybe make the winglets above and below the wing, like a lot of the aerobatic planes, or just a little bigger ? I'm sure you've seen them on the ends of the wings ? I'm in the build stage on a Su35v5, and I showed a friend the winglets and
he said it won't fly.. I told him if it didn't, I'd just cut them off. You have proved to a lot of folks that adding them helped.. Mine have the same profile as the vert stabs, only proportionately smaller.. Mother Nature has turned up the heat here in NE Ohio, so with record high temperatures it's tough to work in the sun porch these days. No guys, no room in the house.. Also the "stinger" between the elevons is not split, it retains its one piece look and the elevons are on either side of it. Structural integrity is maintained with a short fin above and below it. I'm sure Dave and Shannon try all kinds of mods too, but like to offer
the most scale looking aircraft they can.. I wish I had a camera to put the maiden flight on
here. I guess all I would be able to offer is commentary..
It sounds like you have some pretty clever approaches with your Su35V5. I will assure you it will fly. You have excellent ideas and I would love to know how they turn out. The only reason I was still interested in gyros is that any additional stabilization I could get without seriously affecting performance would be desirable. I have researched this and some very good flyers have said that they abandoned the gyros because of this loss of performance ...I just wanted to see for myself. I think if they could be incorporated with elevons if it cold be turned down at minimal gain, it might be of value. I tried larger winglets and they seemed to stabilize faster and better but were sort of "floaty" at low speeds. These winglets I am using now are just perfect for me. Again..your mention of why gyros is a good question only answered in the fact that I am trying everything I can think of to fly in 25-30 MPH winds such as we have here in far far West Texas. The winglet idea was born in my mind in an attempt to recover flying through the usual maze of dust devils born out of winds, extreme heat, and flat open desert. I feel for you also with your temps in Ohio and as I sit here looking at 106 degrees outside. Please let me know how your build goes as I am trying to learn. By the way, try to ck out Bogusbandit, Jettamandan, and Wildthing. They are wonderful sources of answers to any and everything you might want to ask. chas