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Greetings! I'm Pete, a.k.a. "Chef" and I'm an alcoh…..oh, no, wrong forum. I've been flying for a while now, both flat field and slope, although I still don't claim to be any good at either. I did my BMFA 'A' for the flat field stuff but over the years I have gravitated more towards the slope flying. I usually fly with my mates 'Whopper', 'The 'Barron' and 'Scallion' who are all based at opposite ends of the south of the country, so we meet up whenever we can and wherever the wind is in the right direction. Just got back from a great weekend at the Bwlch, and this year I've spent a week at the Great Orme and the Ski Slope and flown several other great sites including both sides of Whitesheet, Contisbury and Crooks Peak. I've been fortunate enough to have been sloping at Hahnenmoos, Switzerland a couple of years ago, and we are planning a return trip for 2020. My main slopers include an X-Models Whisper, RCRCM DG600, Multiplex Solius and a 3m FlyFly Condor Evo Magic. I also have a Wild Thing, Top Model Thermik Dream, Royal Model MDM-1 Fox and a good ol' Middle Phase. Hello to you all! Pete
I first saw the new Multiplex Solius whilst at the recent Pyrenees Cup F3F event - Matthieu Mervelet and Pierre Rondel were having a great time with theirs, whilst the rest of us with just gliders were grounded. It is a great looking model, and seemed to be very good at just about everything. It thermalled very well in the light conditions, it climbed quite quickly on the standard motor, and was reasonably quick. It also did some great aerobatics. Martin Newnham was at the F3F comp with me, and was also very impressed. We decided that on our return to the UK we would each get one for a bit of competitive flat field flying. We were both disappointed when we got back that it had not yet launched in the UK, and we would need to wait a month for the RR (Rx Ready) version to arrive. Unfortunately even that got delayed further, so we both splashed out on the Kit version and standard motor pack from TJD models. A couple of evenings work and we both had our models ready, so this morning we maidened them. Not ideal conditions, as there was a blustery 15mph or more wind, but there were some thermals as well. The model went straight from the hand, climbing well. I have an altimeter/vario on board, so cut the throttle at about 150m, zooming to about 190m. The model settled down straight away, cruising well. I found a thermal fairly quickly and followed it for a few minutes, getting up to about 300m. It turns very well - the controls are well balanced, and the CG at the recommended position seemed spot on. I was now a long way downwind, but the model returned into the strong wind very well, without losing much height. The first flight was maybe 20 minutes, and concluded with a combination of powered and unpowered aerobatics over our patch. I landed, and on recharging the battery it only needed 170mA in the 2200mAh LiPo, so it seems to sip power, even on the climb. Conclusions: An excellent model that fully met my (fussy) expectations. It really is quite a good all rounder. It thermals very well. It aerobats well, and it looks great (at least to my eyes). It is also great to have a model that stacks down quickly into its small carry box, protecting it in the car. The foam is quite dense, but does dent fairly easily. Other than that I really have nothing I dislike about it. It deserves to become a very popular model. Simon