THE 2012 MUGI 'EVO' - our core product and now even better value!
Polypropylene twinwall laser-cut material and comprehensive specification of other parts to get you into the air. Just add a radio outfit for a fine, tough delta glider on the slope or flat field. Easily add electric propeller power for a steady, up to a sensational, flight envelope. This ranges from almost walking pace, cruising around to a searing 109mph (back in 2009) plus with stunning vertical performance. Choose the all-weather polypropylene Hangar Box option for the complete portable, protected model package. Or just go for the basic Evo kit but watch out for those car doors!
Classic Mugi Evo Kit - precision laser cut from our unique white 2mm twinwall 350gsm fluted sheet polypropylene. The basic Evo kit is available packed into a cardboard box. Alternatively order your Evo nestled within a dry-formed black polypropylene Hangar Box. This you assemble and glue together with your kit provided Evo-Stik adhesive. See further details way down below. The cardboard boxed Evo version is posted in a strong, corrugated cardboard box, measuring 420mm square by about 54mm thick. This boxed kit weighs around 820g wrapped, labelled and ready to post. Sent in the UK by Royal Mail at Packet postal rate. For the EU and the rest of the world, the boxed kit is sent by International Airmail Small Packet rate. Exact postage is calculated at the checkout. Airmail does not feature tracking as standard. If you would like to have your parcel tracked, there is a surcharge from the post office of at least £5.00. Please let us know via email before ordering and we can adjust your shopping basket to include the surcharge. We always insure these packages. Every Mugi Evo kit contains:
laser cut shaped 2mm twinwall white sheet
ready folded 800mm span delta wing with joiner plate
500mm long carbon fibre tube wingspar >5mm diam.
500mm of 2mm carbon rod for pushrod pair (to divide)
Radio-Active pairs of small horns/ clevises with keeper rings, M2 threaded adjustable extenders and ball joints
bagged Scotch 550 water resistant edging clear tape
various 48mm wide coloured tapes, three metres lengths
self-adhesive A5 size decal sheet to trim (corners to radius)
sealed 30g tube of Evo-Stik Impact glue
150x20mm self-adhesive Velcro hook and loop
pair of machined beechwood fin fixing dowels and spare
ready formed towhook (from 50mm metal paper clip)
45mm white plastic safety nose to form (golf practice ball)
multi-page instruction booklet and 'laser' addendum sheet
diagonal fluted elevons with TE carbon rods
white 2mm twinwall spare material
You will need - a few drops of cyno glue for firmly fixing the carbon fibre pushrod ends. This is not included in the kit contents. The Evo-Stik provided is unsuitable for this particular purpose so the few drops of Supaglue are a must.
Extras - there is some 'box' space left to include sundry small accessories from the site shop. Consider aluminium motor mounts For outrunners), propellers, hardware fittings etc. Even partly circled around snakes. Some final few lengths of 18SWG piano wire if available. Thicker lengths won't bend of course. Also carbon rods/strip 2mm diameter or less. A 'flattened' SLEC propeller balancer fits and is easily reassembled from the component, boxed parts.
All Radio Control pilots - the Mugi Evo is a very tough model and will take the inevitable knocks and tumbles in sport flying. It has the very useful trick of being able to land almost vertically in a controlled, deep stall configuration for those difficult flying sites. No more tramping into agricultural fields, upsetting land owners. Just heave in full up trim, then up elevon, deep stalling in full control to your feet or pathway. If throttle equipped, then kill the power first and bleed off the speed. Deep stalling is an invaluable feature of the varied Mugi Evo flight envelope. We earnestly advise all Evo pilots to really master this useful technique. It always impresses onlookers and greatly helps to retain your favourite flying spots.
MugiSim - But first please visit our elder son Gavin's website at http://www.baawolf.com and download the 'MugiSim into your Windows personal computer (PC). The latest release is dated from July 2012. It needs a DirectX9 Shader Version 3 graphics capable machine or similar. Note there is now an iPod version for your telephone costing only a dollar (roughly 80p) and a great favourite with our local Air Cadets. Some of them are really good at this simulation and their deft control with just finger tips is amazing to behold!
Also a version for the iPad has been written too.
Start the FREE simulation using just your computer keyboard! Make your on-screen selections and use the 'escape' key between options. Ideally use an Xbox360 USB controller (like a small RC Transmitter). You can choose from all four common radio control modes, either to match your local club, compatibility with flying mates or using the mode that feels best for you. Find a mode that feels comfortable. The simulated model is uncanningly realistic and 'flies' like a real Mugi Evo. It has been modelled by our two in-house technology and computing graduates - Morgan and his brother Gavin. The physics, inertia, landscape etc. give you a taste of the action to come. The model can even be shown coloured to taste. Design your personal Evo colour scheme; importing your finished design into the 'MugiSim' and admire the results on the screen displayed model. Play around with the patterns and perhaps even exhibit on your actual kit!
Colours - From 2012 onwards all our kits include a batch of coloured, respooled tapes. You get black, blue, green, red, orange and yellow. Available while our laser cut kit stocks last. Tape samples are about three metres in length and self-adhesive. There is still the option though of just one reel of coloured tape instead, if still in stock-please telephone us first to check on availability. Then merely note the colour required on the order form as a reminder for Adrian who makes up the parcels. These reels are mentioned in the Colouring materials section of this website.
Beginners - In basic form a Mugi Evo weighs very little and therefore makes an ideal trainer. Only TWO channels of (mixed) command is needed for basic flight. Don't worry if your radio outfit is a basic one-yes, even an older 27MHz AM types will do to start off. We have a natty little GWS electronic mixer in the site shop Accessories section to have you quickly flying. With suitable local terrain you can fly the Evo as an ideal slope glider, since this is a straightforward way to learn. However you may not have access to a suitable slope. No matter, in that case we advise flying off any flat area (at least the size of a tennis court) using our latex elastic as a launch medium. Perhaps fifteen to twenty metres altitude can be gained, followed by as many seconds of descent. It's a short duration but your handling skills rapidly improve and each flight has a compulsory landing! In basic form the Evo's low weight (slightly more than an Association football) suits learners. It's toughness is legendary. Select an Evo option below and add the Launch Elastic package from the Accessories section. You just need a basic battery pack and decent, reliable radio control gear to fly. Use our cheap NiMH flat four 4.8V pack if you have a suitable charger. Even an old 50mA output NiCad Rx charger will suffice initially. Just juggle the charging time length to give at least 1.4 times the flight time used. When proficient at gliding then graduate to a third channel giving throttle capability but do upgrade your radio first - radio reliability is vital nowadays. For initial cheapness consider a brushed 400 electric motor, simply on-off switched. Our very last 400 motor is still available as of July 2012. The kit airframe is already designed to accept the additional weight of a suitable electric motor. Fly on the slope with the electric version, adding some power now and then. Let the slope provide the lift component, applying power at suitable moments. Work up the learning curve. Progress rapidly onto a 2.3GHz radio link and then go to a brushless motor and LiPo batteries. You won't look back....
Hangar Box - The majority of our customers are now selecting this sensible option. Regretably we cannot post it abroad due to the package size/shape. However UK customers can buy the complete Mugi Evo kit posted enclosed inside the dry-built polypropylene box. This box is ready folded, cellotaped at the junctions,the spare material attached on one side and the whole wrapped in brown papaer for posting You assemble the box using the kit Evo-Stik adhesive, following the instructions below. There you are-one rugged and popular self-assembled Hangar Box. The bare weight is a shade over 680g! Spare internal volume is available for colour tapes, curved snakes/thin wire, motors etc. The Hangar Box is also stocked for personal collection at our door, by prior arrangement. However it is usually posted singly, paper wrapped (Standard Parcel rate). For preference posted in pairs - the two triangles are temporarily joined back-to-back in a rectangular shape, more likely to survive the rigours of our mechanised postal system. So on delivery we strongly advise that the paper wrapped package is very carefully examined prior to acceptance. Please keep all wrappings, just in case the Royal Mail have caused any damage.
Please note - the Evo is a very high performance aircraft. We recommend a gentle motor for novice to intermediate pilots. For ultimate performance, we recommend a hot brushless motor (either inrunner or outrunner) and LiPo cells. With this setup the plane is not for the faint hearted! See the videos in the Multimedia section of this site. Also YouTube entries.
Decorations - To complete the Evo as pictured, black thin electrical insulating tape was added for simple decoration - my standard colour scheme for test flights prior to colour taping. The Warp 3 turn motor is one of my favourites, though pricey and not included in the kit! This nice colour scheme is also ideal for use with a night flying Evo as seen on our Evo Night-Fly page. Sadly our lighting kits are no longer economic to produce and we have exhausted current stocks. But we are still investigating LED sources. The 2011 generation of LEDs were very much brighter and worked effectively even inside our white twinwall material. 2012 types are better still but inflation has hit market prices. Chineses sources are looking good so a new lighting kit may appear one day.
Forum -An excellent user FORUM with photos, video links, build details, Mugiite postings, general Mugi developments and new ideas airing can be viewed on this site in the FORUM. Go to the usual Mugi Homepage, click within the grey line above and to the right of Peter's head! Years ago this site was at Yahoo Group-Mugi but details were transfered to our own forum. You are welcome to visit this FORUM site and join at no charge. You will find it extremely useful and it has many dedicated Mugi followers worldwide. Some have been with us a decade now! One customer has even built seven Evos! Importantly, don't forget to mention your approximate location when joining, so we can link Mugi minded folk together from our master Google Earth Customer Map. Join the worldwide Mugiites!
Radio Control equipment - We don't stock radio control equipment. We have no repair facilities here at Mugi nor, to be honest, the detailed electronic knowledge needed nowadays. May we suggest a visit to a reputable model shop. Alternatively there are a number of good suppliers on the internet. Ourselves, we have, in the past, used Micron, Mick Charles Models, Steve Webb Models. There are also other radio suppliers for the more electronically minded. Here at Mugi we all use Spektrum transmitters. However our Holmfirth local Air Cadets use ancient (cheap) 27MHz gear. Some with older 35MHz gear and a few are now converted by my dad using FRSky 2.4GHz modules. However we do advise that you go straight for the modern, trouble-free 2.4GHz radio frequency band equipment. No queues for flying, no xtal changes, fewer peg boards etc. and hassle-free communications at last. Importantly 2.4GHz seems oblivious to the increasing numbers of unseen microwave bands. High power cellular telecommunication beams now criss-cross our national flying spaces, plus everyone and their dog seems to have a mobile (except my dad G4LED). So the airwaves are very cluttered and pressure for spectrum space grows.
Insurance - Sensible fliers always carry third party insurance, the majority, like us, being members of the BMFA (British Model Flying Association). It is the modern name for the old established Society of Model aeronautical Engineers. They can be found at Chacksfield House, 31 St. Andrews Road, Leicester LE2 8RE. Tel: (+44) 116 2240028 and Fax: (+44) 116 2440645
Fly safely and don't forget to label your model! Two anonymous Evos are now known to have been 'lost' so an indelible address is VITAL. Write inside the hatch door(s). Better still add your telephone number too, together with the magic word "REWARD"
Decorations - Curent Evo options are shown below. Laser cut kits include a set of respooled colour tape lengths of at least three metres each. They are 48/50mm width and self-adhesive. The colours are mentioned above. This variety of tapes should encourage fancy decorative schemes. Coffee Shop Daves's tutorial in the Multimedia section should assist, together with Gavin's screen trial method in the www.baawolf.com site.
Evo Combat versions
Initial versions of the Evo were used on the slope opposite us for aerial combat. The model is built exactly as normal but with longer pushrods. They started as bamboo but were easily broken. The answer was to use carbon fibre. Pushrods are 2 x 1mm carbon fibre tubing, each pushrod at least 300mm long. Inside the tube is inserted a length of piano wire of at least .7mm diameter to add additional strength. 20 or 22SWG is fine. 0.032" (19AWG) fits well too. Ensure end is not sharp using a fine grit paper or file. The usual clevis is added, glued with Supaglue and a fillet formed. Don't forget the green keeper band! On the pushrod pair add a standard swing-in keeper (from the Hardware section) to each. This is held into the control horn with a scrap piece of 2mm carbon rod, acting as a hinge pin; a snug fit. Eyeball the keepers everytime just before launch to ensure the correct reflex (8mm TE). Why this method for combat? Well, the keepers slide on the carbon pushrods. They absorb deliberate combat knocks whilst avoiding loads on the servo and gears.
Just order the Mugi Evo, a pair of swing-in keepers, one metre length of 2mm carbon tubing- (ask Adrian G4LED to fine saw into three pieces). These fit in the box and leave you a spare. Select a 0.32" wire from the piano wire section too, if available. Otherwise consider 2mm diameter carbon fibre rod. A 6 x 4mm carbon fibre tube mainspar is recommended for combat use.
MUGI in late 2012......
However stocks in Mugi main peripherals are now winding down. Mainly the carbon fibre and piano wire lengths. Both of these require black twinwall to wrap and post. Stocks of the black are getting low and the convenient local sub post office closed. The recession has hit too with orders falling off somewhat. Since Xmas we have also had a full-time trade competitor (Airtek) in the village of Honley, only a couple of miles up the road from here. Peter has a small shop unit there just off the main car park. Perhaps also call on Yvette and Adrian but kindly telephone 01484 685305 first to ensure we will be in. Models still adorn the garage ceiling with Mugi prototypes, experimental stuff etc. Most normal Mugi associated items can be purchased for cash. Stocks are reasonable and can also be checked on the website. Rest assured that Mugi is still here!! Of course Morgan is now a Captain permanently based in Edinburgh and Anna is with him. Peter is still local but up to his eyebrows in work and family commitments, especially now that Anouk has reached her first birthday.***