Zulu (Paul)
48'' lightweight aerobatic glider - One of my favourite models in my fleet !
Drooperons increase the already impressive performance envelope of Zulu and yet still only require a total of two servos - the same units that operate the elevons.
Efficency in thermals is increased, as is performance in light lift conditions and aerobatic agility - tighter turns, tighter loops, increased roll rate, lower stall speed. Deep stall is incredibly stable, providing easier landings with more precise altitude control

NCFM M60 (Tim)
NCFM M60 (Paul) 

These things shift and for a higher gear load her up with ballast and let her go. They were designed as a 60'' racer. There is a smaller version caller The Moth which both Rob and Tim have one. Needs some experience to fly one of these. They go where they are pointed. A good windy day and you can't beat a M60 racer.

EPP Jart (Tim)

Now this model has some speed but incredibly stable. Looks good despite the fact she is a foamy.
About a 48'' wingspan and very aerobatic if you want her to be or just poodle around (at speed). Flies well in various wind conditions but does penetrate well into wind when needed.
NINJA (Paul)

Rob has already listed the Ninja below but I and many others have enjoyed flying the Ninja for many years now. I have used mine for combat and as a camera platform for my HD video camera. Here is a picture of a gaggle of Ninja's. I have flown mine all over the country - If its a new site or flying of the cliffs then I will always get out the Ninja. Reliable, Stable and bounces if it all goes wrong!!
A good move on from the Flyingwings Spectre. Not difficult to fly and performs well in light winds up to 50mph winds (yes, we had our Ninja's flying in 50mph winds!!)

ZAGI (Rob)

We have the Zagi - a well tried and tested model from JP but we all find it difficult and twitchy -
I got it very cheap £15 from a friend, but after flying our other models, we feel that this is prone to stalling without notice and doesn't respond well to our commands. They are not made any more (maybe a good thing !)
2 channel control - elevons


Well what can I say - this is the ultimate flying wing for combat and general sloping from Flying Wings - it's unbreakable and flies very well. I have flown this one in a 51 mph gale at Mill Hill and still had complete control (nearly)
It weighs in at a kilo, so it's pretty heavy but tough as anything.
It's easy to build using only a modelling knife and UHU POR to put it together.
Covering is just coloured tape over cross-weave carbon tape - simple
It uses 2 standard servos (metal gears recommended)
Kits cost between £56 and £100 depending on options
2 channel control - elevons

MOTH (Rob)

Here's the NCFM Moth it's brilliant to fly in all winds - I didn't build it, so I have no idea how easy it is to put together - looks easy though !
It comes with a ballast tube so you can load it up for really windy conditions - I love it.
It is made of foam covered with Solarfilm or equivalent and some fibreglass on the fuselage for strength (not essential)
It has 2 standard servos on board.
The kit is $100 .
2 channel control - elevons
 Moth (Tim)
Polecat (Steve H)
The Polecat, a very fast EPP60 racer

Multiplex Xeno (Russell)
Wingspan 49”, flying weight 678g, 2-channel elevon control.

A clever, elegant, moustache-shaped wing that glides very smoothly while its fold-ability allows me to combine cycling or walking with slope soaring, which is great. However, it was one of those models where I had to buy a second one to get it right... It's a foamy flying wing but it's not indestructible, I'd recommend adding glass tape to the leading edges and use Araldite rather than Zacki to join the foam to the hard plastic centre section. It's the hard plastic which breaks and it's not easy to fix. The major design shortcoming was Multiplex's decision to mount the control horns on the underside where they will routinely break even with a 'greaser' landing. So on my mark 2 model I took a scalpel to the foam and redirected the push rods to the top of the control surface where I glued the horns, I then realised the horns were far too short and added plywood levers – problems solved. As I say it's a very smooth flyer and it penetrates strong winds remarkably well.

1 comment:

  1. How about the RidgeRyder from HK? Definitely worth a try!