Plan Built Gliders Kits

Whisper (Jim)
1400 wing span -two channel - bit of a floater but quite good for learning. Taken a few knocks but still works well in lighter winds.
Sig Riser 100 (Russell)

Wingspan 100”, flying weight 1416g (+ballast), 3-channel rudder/elevator/spoiler control.

This excellent value kit gives you a lot of glider for your money, even the parts for the optional spoilers are included. There's ample space in that long nose for the installation of radio gear and the banded-on wings make allowances for careless landings.
It may not be the most elegant looking 100s glider, but it's a great modellers model which offers a satisfying build and good soaring performance. The rudder response can be sluggish, depending on speed, so it pays to plan your turns in advance.
 Jubilee (Russell)
Jubilee – from Radio Modeller plan
Wingspan 65”, flying weight 874g, 2-channel elevator/aileron control
This is my modified version of a model that was featured in RM magazine in 1977.
Like most of my models I can't tell you how aerobatic it is but I know where it breaks! The mark 1 version that I originally built to plan (from a kit by Bowman Models) broke its 'V' tail nearly every time it landed; it was solid balsa with a steel brace and I guess the inertia would carry it forwards whenever the model made a rapid deceleration (e.g. a typical 'arrival' by yours truly). So my main mod was to replace the tail plane with a lightweight Correx alternative, bolted onto a plywood cradle. I added triangular balsa longerons to enable me carve the previously boxy fuselage into a nicely rounded shape and put mini servos in the wings.
The magazine article described it as a general purpose, fly-in-any-wind model. It's very easy to fly, quite stable and will stay up in the lightest lift. If the wind gets stronger it will hover like a kestrel and when it starts to fly backwards you know it's time to add ballast. I find it's a very relaxing model to fly and today I managed a 45 minute continuous flight in mixed wind strengths off the very marginal SW slope of Wolstonbury Hill.

Ridge Runt (Russell)
Wingspan 50”, flying weight 612g, 2-channel elevator/aileron control. This was a cheap wooden kit I bought a few years ago from Sussex Model Centre, it was simple to build and is easy to fly. I subsequently beefed up the wing with some 16th inch sheeting and recently replaced the tissue covering with Solartex. Apart from breaking off the fin once or twice it has survived my bumpy landings largely unscathed. It's a very handy little model that can cope with winds from 10-20mph and an ideal aileron trainer.
I didn't appreciate its aerobatic potential until I looked at 'Ridge Runt Sloping' on You-tube. To lousy pilots like me it's an inspiration and just shows how much fun you can have with a simple traditional model.


Here's a model I built from plans a long time ago - it's balsa and made originally as a pylon racer, but I got fed up with flying it round the field and converted it to a slope soarer.
It's from a company called Concept Models who are now out of business, but it was easy to build and has a solid wing and just 2 servos - for elevator and ailerons.
It flies really well and is very light - so only goes in light conditions.

Here it is with a motor as a pylon racer - very, very fast

 Here it is as a slope soarer - very agile and quick in light winds -
Cliffwhacker (Les)
This was a free plan from the RCME magazine to which I purchased the wood pack from Traplett . Generally flies sweetly but does not roll or loop well. Currently trying to trim better but feel it needs flap coupled with ailerons to perform as should as ailerons small.


1 comment:

  1. These look great Paul. I sent you pictures/reviews of a West Wings Skylark and a Dynaflite Daydream last Saturday, have you lost them?