By Steve Broughton
Micro Floh From Go Gliding
I only started slope flying in July 2000, after an aeromodelling break
of 13 years. I intended to take up electric's, but chose to go into slope
The past few years have seen my confidence and abilities jump from the
basic Irvine Pixie, up to my latest model. The 45" span, fully-moulded,
highly nimble and aerobatic "Micro Floh".
won't bore you with how I installed the radio, as this model is intended
for experienced flyers. The 'gear' I used were two Ripmax SD150 servos
in the wings, as the wing is quite thin (any 9mm wide servo should be
OK though). For the tailplane, I used a pair of Hitec HS-55's. Guidance
and power come from a Dalasy 6 channel Rx, and 600mAh Ni-Mh battery respectively.
The general quality of moulding is very good, and the model is available
in a number of different colour schemes. The accessory pack supplied with
the model is quite adequate for the job, and also includes a steel tow
Build time (if you can call it that !!) was very short, which means you
don't have to wait too long for the test flying bit !!.
After a few initial trimming flights which took place on the 26th October
2002, I have found the Micro Floh to be extremely agile in roll rate (almost
stupidly fast!!), whilst loops and stall turns are very smooth and precise.
She also penetrates very well in anything up to 25mph, without extra ballast!
Although I've not had the chance to try her out on a hot, thermic day.
She has given me great confidence in her climbing performance, in what
has been very maginal winter lift. You do need good reflexes to keep up
with her, as she is very peppy in flight. High speed dives from around
300ft+ are frightening, as she keeps accelerating throughout!!
All in all, the Micro Floh is a totally awesome little "Pocket Rocket"
machine, which makes a change from the usual Shooting Star's and Mini
Ellipse's. You'll also find the "Floh" cheaper!
In fact, I love it so much, I've bought a second one, and a baby Nano
Floh too !!.
The Micro Floh is imported into the UK by Go Gliding, based in Lincolnshire.
There website can be found at www.gogliding.net
The Micro Floh is available from:
Telephone: 01522 807042 (John Marsh)
01522 704337 (Garry Johnson)
Fax: 01522 703879
Details - Micro Floh
manoeuvrable and aerobatic glider
Elevator, Aileron, V-Tail
Very short build time
Quality ALL glass moulding
is pre-painted to match the rest of the sailplane
Agile flying qualities
lots of fun in a small package
good I bought another!
mention 'Flying Sites' when contacting
A totally awesome little
Technical Details Below