custom-vince Posted January 16, 2019 Share Posted January 16, 2019 (edited) I have specced and received a machine which turned out even lighter than I hoped. Nitro with a split travel chassis 18.2kg and a little room to make it a touch lighter. The flying I enjoy the most is away from home so with a Tornado already I need to get another Nitro I went back to basics with a pull start for weight saving and simplicity when flying in a foreign country travelling on airlines with lipo batteries is getting hotter. Soft fuel tank which can be rolled up and carried in hand luggage another item I was asked about when flying was the fuel tank, I can simply say there is no tank. Split leg harness, again a weight saving, but also a bulk saving when packing. Im not a big fan of the comfort offered by the split leg, my flights are usually around 1 hour, so it is sufficient. Split leg is also good for tandem as the pilot can widen his legs. Why the nitro? It is less tuned than the tornado and accepting of poorer quality fuel, various oils etc. It is also 1kg lighter. So what is the big deal. The split frame and the total weight. Packing small has been done before but getting all your gear in a case and with a wing under 30kg is not so easy. Same strong titanium frame, same nitro engine 18.2kg and splits in half. I need to find a bigger case. I just pulled a case from my loft to test and it fits no problem, just not all of it. Once I have tested a larger case I will then decide to go with either 2 smaller bags or 1 large one. The frame is under tension and feels as solid as a standard non splitting frame, no wobbly bits or rattles. Its not a quick or super easy process, think more of travelling abroad than dismantling at every flight. Between flights, its quite easy to pull the hoop down to what a standard frame would be. The split part takes 6 screws and 4 harness clips to complete. Photos on Flickr Edited January 16, 2019 by custom-vince Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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