Depending on your proficiency and available budget you will be able to find a model which suits you best. Ask for help if you are interested to take the step.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Choosing a model Glider (Part 2)
The normal hobby shop does not have experience in advising you on gliders or stock models that can be used successful for gliding competitions. There are how ever a few knowledgeable shops and fellow glider pilots who can assist. The trusty old Gentle Lady has been used by many to learn the basics of RC aero modelling. I have seen a few available as ARF kits. Another model is the Spirit which comes in 2m RES (Rudder Elevator Spoiler) or aileron versions. Another alternative is to scratch build a model from plans. There is many plans available for sale from RCM, Traplet, etc. or freeware on the internet. The construction methods can vary from balsa and film covered models, foam and veneer to composite materials (consult a glider pilot before choosing a plan). A combination of these construction methods is normally used to achieve the best results nowadays. There are some gliders available from the local cottage industry which are built by fellow glider pilots or building groups. The Thotsi is one such example of a composite 2m glider (Foam /fibre glass wings and Fibreglass fuz) which takes most of the local competition places. Some kits are available from over seas which are worth exploring. (try ArtHobby.com)
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