HK Mini DLG Build Fly Review

by smit6089 | February 19, 2014 | (12) Posted in Reviews


  • Cheap < $100 PNF. All set up ready to fly is easily < $125 
  • Fast to build. Should even say build, three screws.
  • Easy to fly.
  • Strong- I've thrown as hard as I can numerous times with no issues. (I may just be weak...)
  • Full color manual in "English"


  • Poor covering
  • Vertical stab glued to boom without covering being removed. If you have one, fix this ASAP.
  • Lots of flex in push rods

Overall I can not recommend this glider enough. It's a blast to fly and even an inexperienced DLG pilot like myself can get 45 second flights without lift and was able to catch a little thermal the other day for a 2 minute flight. Not record breaking, but a huge amount of fun.


Be careful when you throw out your trash. This little spare / south pole peg is taped to the inside of the box, well away from all the other parts. It almost went into the dumpster.


All of the parts were very well packed and arrived with no damage.


The only thing that I was disappointed about was the covering on the tail feathers, it was pretty wrinkled. A word of caution, if you don't know how to work with iron on covering, don't attempt to fix it. I thought to myself "Eh, it just needs a  quick shrink with a heat gun. Oh yeah, I don't have a heat gun, I have a hairdryer though". Two hours later I was still working on the getting the sever warps out that I had set into the horizontal stab.


If you try to fix the covering, use an iron, shrink it very slowly, and do everything you can to avoid warps.


The wing mount pegs are of good quality. They are securely attached through the CF boom and look like they also have some epoxy around the edges. This proved to be a rock solid wing mount.


The mount for the horizontal stab was a balsa block with 1/16 ply on top with a laser cut hook and a small servo mount screw. 


This actually proved to be a very solid and accurate mounting system. You can see the ply reinforcement built into the horizontal stabilizer. 


I didn't have to shim anything for the setup and all of the wing and tail feather surfaces seamed to be in good alignment. (Except that little down warp on the right hand side of the horizontal stab, I wonder how that got there!)


Before installing the electronics I marked the CG as recommended in the manual (80 mm) plus a mark 10mm in front and in back of the CG. I did this to allow me to play with the CG in the field and have known reference marks to go by.


I had planed on using a Zippy 2 Cell LiFe pack in the nose because I knew I would have some weight to play with. The LiFe pack runs right at 6.6 volts. On closer inspection the servos are clearly marked that they can run from 3.6 to only 5.3 volts so I decided to err on the side of caution and use a single cell with a booster.


Electronics used were:

Nano-Tech 300 Mah 1s

Turnigy Voltage Booster

JST Male pig tail

JST Female pig tail

Orange RX 7ch Receiver (Case Removed)

3mm Heatshrink of your choosing


(I will be replacing the receiver with a 4ch FrSky as soon as I can get one ordered. The 7ch Orange is just what I had laying around)


Everything was easily fit in the nose and it honestly felt roomier then I thought that it would. I was able to use hot glue to hold the voltage regulator and receiver in place due to the original test balance being tail heavy. I would rather just use a larger battery but eh, I wanted to get into the air asap.


After she was all closed up I still had to use a nickle CA'd to the nose to get the CG spot on at 80mm.


After an hour of flight time I only used 72 mah from the 300 mah battery.


After a few rough landings the verticle stab broke loose from the CF boom. After closer inspection they had glued the veritcle stab to the boom without removing the covering. This really baffles me after seeing the quaility of the rest of the airframe. Any way, after a little cleanup and some medium CA she was back in the air.



If you like gliders here is a shamless self plug of a flight video of my 2M Sig Riser.


Zwoobz on February 20, 2014
Very good review! Great job! :)
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smit6089 on February 20, 2014
Thank you very much!
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Babinator on February 20, 2014
Very informative review. Looks like a good entry level DLG. I was dubious of this product before watching your video. Thanks for posting it!
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smit6089 on February 20, 2014
Thank you for the kind words and you're welcome. :-)
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UndCon on February 20, 2014
BTW - at you can search for "mini-dlg" and they have the plane & spare parts.

They also carry the 4ch version....
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smit6089 on February 20, 2014
I'll have to take a look at it. I'll update the article to include the link. Thanks a lot!
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TheRiteFlyer on February 22, 2014
Great Article!
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smit6089 on February 23, 2014
Thank you. I appreciate that!
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UndCon on February 20, 2014
I have the same glider (but with older blue servos)

It is just as you say not the best glider out there but for the $ it is great fun and actually flies great on a small slope as well.

My setup is similar to yours. 1S LIPO, Voltage booster and a D4FR (Fr-Sky with telemetry)
& I also added the HK altimeter for some fun logging.

I also marked CG at 7,8 and 9cm to make field adjustments easy.

The tail is a bit soft blasa and my stabilizer is a bit warped but I'll fly until it breaks and replace it with Balsa or laminated CF-reinforced Depron

Originally I bought 4 LIPO's from HK....but will most likely always use 1 of them as it lasts ages...might replace the servos for the Emax versions tho...
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Grendel on June 15, 2014
After over 300 throws in one day, my glider broke to pieces. Literally. It was probably stress from multiple nose landings. But it was in one piece when i was spinning, the moment i released it, fuselage detached from the carbon fiber spar. It looks like the stress on the rudder yanked the servo too much (rudder servo has broken wheels inside, while elevator servo is in tact.
I will have to rebuild the fuselage using balsa probably.
But despite a little bit of frustration (i couldn't achieve hang times longer than 20 seconds), it was really fun to fly. Amazing experience.
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scruffy1 on October 4, 2014
i had great fun with mine till a radio failure (i believe) spiralled it in and it was totalled

the original version was essentially the same model with a minimally longer wing (tip shape) and a more fragile pod

my build log and modifications can be found here :
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HK Mini DLG Build Fly Review