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|Below are excerpts from letters of several of the people that purchased
a Taboo kit. I hope you understand that I only asked feedback from those
customers that I knew were very happy with the plane, and if there were
any negative comments, I removed them all from the letters... :-)
Send me your (positive) comments about Taboo if you want me to post
them here :-)
Clifford Schwinger, Pennsylvania
Cliff was one of the first 3 customers that bought a Taboo at the
BASS contest in May, 2001. Those kits had a wing spar that was not strong
enough for full power launches in high winds. After the contest I increased
the spar width by a factor of 2 and reduced the polyhedral angles, which
helped with the launch loads. Cliff had one of those first planes, but
he managed to reinforce the wing using my recommendations and his own ideas,
and was delighted with the plane's performance so much that he ordered
another kit... Cliff has a collection of Taboo photos that he organized nicely
on a web-page here:
Mon, 18 Jun 2001
I am really impressed by the precise construction of the wing. You
did an excellent job making these wings. I wish I started building my Taboo
earlier so that I could have had it done by this weekend's contest. Unfortunately
my building time is limited so my sailplane construction projects take
me longer than I'd like.
Wed, 04 Jul 2001
Oleg, I completed my Taboo several days ago and flew it for the
first time today (7/4). I can sum up my opinion of the Taboo as follows:
It flies better than any sailplane that I have ever owned.
I remember being impressed watching you launch your Taboo at the
BASS contest. Your launches were extremely smooth and very high. I was
able to do similar launches after several practice throws. I was putting
very little energy into the launches but was able to get higher launch
altitudes than with any of the previous sailplanes that I have flown. The
amazing thing about my Taboo is that I am able to launch it without a preset.
I throw lefthanded. When throwing a dlg I always give a little left rudder
with my thumb. I noticed that I was able to do "thumbs-off" launches. I
would keep my thumb ready to apply a little left rudder just in case, but
it was not needed. This little sailplane launches like a rocket and floats
like a feather! You did an amazing job when you designed this aircraft.
The spar reinforcing worked perfectly.
I am considering ordering another Taboo...
Sat, 28 Jul 2001
I am enjoying flying my Taboo. I estimate that I have over 1000
launches on it. The spar reinforced wing has held up great. I do not have
to put a lot of energy into the launches to get good altitude. The sailplane
seems to have a very low drag coefficient (I don't know if that's the right
term) because it just seems to "slide" through the air.
...I am looking forward to building another as soon as possible!
I would like to have two of them ready for the September contest in Rockville
Mon, 06 Aug 2001
I got the Taboo today! Everything arrived in great shape. You did
a good job packaging the plane.
The craftsmanship on this sailplane is superb. The amazing performance
of my first Taboo is what led me to purchase this second one. As I told
you in an earlier email, I estimate that I now have over 1000 launches
on the Taboo that I purchased from you in May at the BASS ECHLC contest
- and it still looks new. This plane launches so easily and so high - with
no preset and no gyro!
Thank you for making this kit available to your fellow modelers.
Cliff launching his Taboo at the CASA
hand-launch contest, September, 2001
Cliff smiling after a good flight at the CASA
hand-launch contest, September, 2001
Doug Barry, North Carolina
Sun, 09 Sep 2001
I currently own and fly three of the "major" DLG kits. Of them the
Taboo is my going away favorite. All fly well, but the Taboo seems to handle
better then "S" or the "R". I usually tell folks who ask that "the Taboo
has merely to get within a half acre of lift to climb out"! We recently
started doing measurements with a laser range finder, -I- launch the Taboo
higher then the other two, usually by 5-10 feet! Both the "S" and the "R"
benefit from using gyros, something -I- find not true about the Taboo.
The Taboo settles into a great climb with only minimum tail wagging. I
guess there is something to be said for -PROPER- aero engineering. I still
think the Secrete was the best handling HLG I have owned, but the Taboo
is an extremely close second! I can easily do 1 minute with either the
"S" or the "R" , but am VERY close to two minutes with the Taboo! Signed,
"an EXTREMELY happy Taboo owner"
Doug Barry LSF 5; CSS Diamond
David Malone, Maryland
Tue, 11 Sep 2001
Oleg, I should have given you feedback sooner but my Taboo won't
Seriously this is the best HLG/DLG. I have ever flown. I am a big
strong guy and have thrown discus in track and field. I never have to "hold
back" on this beauty! She tracks straight and level from hard launches
and has yet to roll except for a slight smooth curving turn to the left.
Often guys will come up and ask what kind of gyro I use and their jaws
drop when I say "NONE". Aside from the launch she flies great with an extremely
low sink rate. Two weeks ago at Valley Forge Park I was tossing it while
I waited for my Hera battery to charge and worked two low small thermals
into the "sweet zone" and in a few minutes was flying with the unlimited
planes in SPECK CITY. What a great feeling! Lots of back slapping and complements
after that one.
I would also like to say that the high degree of prefabrication
and the quality of your work is the best I have seen. This made the building
phase a breeze. I know several guys that are going to contact you to order
You can certainly use my endorsement on your site. I am going to
try to get down one of the days to the CASA Competition to learn the mechanics
of timing . I have yet to attend one due to other commitments, but I hope
to enter some next season now that I definitely have the right plane to