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Great Planes Tori 2M EP Glider Rx-R

Great Planes Tori 2M EP Glider Rx-R

News By Matt Gunn
The new Tori from Great Planes requires only a 4+ channel radio, receiver, and a 2s or 3s LiPo to start catching thermals.
Pulsar 2E Pulsar Ultra Lite Electric ARF Sailplane

Pulsar 2E Pulsar Ultra Lite Electric ARF Sailplane

News By Jason Cole
Esprit Model has the new Pulsar 2E in stock and it's a looker. This version is based on the Pulsar 2000 M and features a built up D-box design made from balsa and plywood.
DLG Flys Over 200 Miles!!!

DLG Flys Over 200 Miles!!!

News By Jason Cole
Two years ago RCGroups member MStauning was out flying his JJ Edge DLG and he lost it. You won't believe where it was found 2 years later.
Hitec Multiplex FunRay - RCGroups Review

Hitec Multiplex FunRay - RCGroups Review

Review By Mean Joe Vermillion
Hitec/Multiplex has become a household name in the world of RC due to extremely high quality and innovation. They are at it again with the release of the new FunRay Sport Sailplane! With its sleek
Strike 3 DLG 1M Coming Soon

Strike 3 DLG 1M Coming Soon

News By Jason Cole
1M DLG's have become very popular with the Strike's and Go Mini's brining quality and near full size performance at an affordable cost for entry level and expert pilots alike. I just saw these photos
Soaring USA Spring is on the Way Sale

Soaring USA Spring is on the Way Sale

News By Jason Cole
Soaring USA is one of the premier sailplane suppliers in the US and they are having a sale right now. It's called the Spring is on the Way Sale and there are some fantastic deals to be had.
Fireblade 2.5 F3K

Fireblade 2.5 F3K

News By Jason Cole
The new Fireblade 2.5 is looking pretty good and it's available right now. They've made some great improvements to the fit, finish and quality of the model and it has some fantastic features from the
HobbyKing Raven 1.5M DLG

HobbyKing Raven 1.5M DLG

News By Jason Cole
We wrote about the 1M class wooden DLG Raven back in April and now it has a big brother in time for the new year. The H-King Raven 1.5 is a plug and fly model DLG built from wood and composites that
ArmSoar Composites BAMF DLG

ArmSoar Composites BAMF DLG

News By Jason Cole
ArmSoar is nearly ready for standard orders on the new BAMF sailplane. Pre-ordered models are starting to arrive and this is one promising high end competition level DLG.
Multiplex EasyGlider 4 Electric Sailplane Review

Multiplex EasyGlider 4 Electric Sailplane Review

Review By Jason Cole
We check out the latest EasyGlider from Mulitplex and show you what it's like to assemble and fly. Read on for the full review.
Vladimir's Model Snipe 2

Vladimir's Model Snipe 2

News By Jason Cole
The Snipe 2 has been announced and with all these improvements, you can be sure the Snipe is back and better than ever.
Peter Goldsmith Designs Foxbat Sailplane Kit

Peter Goldsmith Designs Foxbat Sailplane Kit

News By Jason Cole
Building season is just around the corner and it's time to start looking for your winter projects. Peter Goldsmith has an awesome retro sailplane kit that looks great and should fly even better.
Origin EFUN 85-Inch Brushless Sailplane

Origin EFUN 85-Inch Brushless Sailplane

News By Matt Gunn
The EFUN is right at home executing aerobatic maneuvers or soaring. With an 85" wingspan, included electronics, and a price tag under $150, the EFUN makes a great addition to your hangar.
Radio Carbon Art Thermal Soaring Master Class #2

Radio Carbon Art Thermal Soaring Master Class #2

News By Jason Cole
Paul Naton has been hard at work to bring us the secret sauce to soaring and it's finally here with his latest video, Thermal Soaring Master Class #2.
The Bruce 2017 F3K Photo Re-Cap

The Bruce 2017 F3K Photo Re-Cap

Article By Jason Cole
Another "The Bruce" event is in the books and this one showcased all the great things about the DLG community and how fun F3K can be. For starters, you couldn't pick a better group of guys to spend a
Great Planes Bird of Time EP

Great Planes Bird of Time EP

News By Matt Gunn
Say goodbye to hi-starts with the BoT EP! This 3-meter electric-powered sailplane builds on the original Dynaflite Bird of Time by adding a folding prop and room for a 4s LiPo. Let's take a look!
Multiplex FunGlider Electric Sailplane Review

Multiplex FunGlider Electric Sailplane Review

Review By Jason Cole
The Multiplex FunGlider is an easy to fly electric sport sailplane that packs down small for easy transportation. Check out the official RCGroups review right here.
Hacker Model Bergfalke 2-Meter Sailplane ARF

Hacker Model Bergfalke 2-Meter Sailplane ARF

News By Matt Gunn
The Hacker Model Bergfalke has a unique forward swept wing and bulbous cockpit. It's a well recognized German glider, and has now been modeled by Hacker in EPP. Let's take a look!
New Multiplex EasyGlider 4

New Multiplex EasyGlider 4

News By Jason Cole
The EasyGlider is one of the best flying foamie sailplanes around. I still have one of the original models because it is so good. Over the years Multiplex has made alternate versions such as the
New Ezio Electric Sailplanes from HobbyKing

New Ezio Electric Sailplanes from HobbyKing

News By Jason Cole
HobbyKing has a couple of new electric gliders available for those on a budget or looking for simple easy soaring. There are two models available, an 800mm wingspan version and a 1500mm version.
Composite Bross Progress F3K DLG

Composite Bross Progress F3K DLG

News By Jason Cole
Composite Bross announced last month news of a new F3K plane called the Progress. Early models are looking good and performing well with podium placements in quite a few contests in Europe.
Radio Carbon Art Thermal Soaring Master Class 2

Radio Carbon Art Thermal Soaring Master Class 2

News By Jason Cole
Paul Naton is back at it with another great training video, Thermal Soaring Master Class 2. The first Thermal Soaring Master Class video is one the best selling programs and it's easy to see why, a)
AOKoda AOK-041 1S Lithium Battery Tester

AOKoda AOK-041 1S Lithium Battery Tester

News By Jason Cole
Most DLG pilots run a 1S lipo to power their receiver and servos. The AOK-041 lets you check 1S lipo battery voltage quickly and easily.
Top Model Samsara  Coming Soon!

Top Model Samsara Coming Soon!

News By Jason Cole
If you've been thinking about getting in the soaring competition game, the new Top Model Samsara might be a great option to dip your toes in on and see how you like it.
LetModel JS1 7M 1/3 Scale Sailplane

LetModel JS1 7M 1/3 Scale Sailplane

News By Jason Cole
Check out this latest scale sailplane from LetModel. It's a 7M JS1 and it is gorgeous!
SoaringModels Mini Dart Gets an Update

SoaringModels Mini Dart Gets an Update

News By Jason Cole
SoaringModels has a compelling little DLG called the Mini Dart. The original version was a fiberglass model, but they gave it a makeover and now feature two layups (light or strong) in carbon with a
Laine's Planes Custom Glider

Laine's Planes Custom Glider

Article By Jason Cole
Laine from LainesPlanes.com has always had a flair for dramatic and different looking aircraft. This year at SEFF is no different with his Cuda and Norman designs flying all over and then you spot
H-King Raven 990 Mini DLG

H-King Raven 990 Mini DLG

News By Jason Cole
The H-King Raven is a 1M class wooden built-up DLG that is great for checking out what discus launch gliders are all about.
Vladimir's Model PLUS F5J

Vladimir's Model PLUS F5J

News By Matt Gunn
The PLUS is a beautiful twin-boom glider with a pusher propeller to decrease drag while thermalling. Let's take a closer look at this F5J powered glider.
1.5m Chrysalis Electric- Pod and Boom

1.5m Chrysalis Electric- Pod and Boom

Article By Jim T. Graham
This is the latest of the "Chrysalis" line of sailplanes and electric powered sailplane kits. It was developed along with the 1.5m Chrysalis E with the wood fuselage.
Best Discus Launch Gliders (DLG) for First Timers

Best Discus Launch Gliders (DLG) for First Timers

Article By Jason Cole
There are plenty of great DLG's available that you can have fun with and not blow your hobby budget. I wanted to highlight a few of the planes that I've recommended in hopes that other might see this
ArmSoar Composite Gliders Go Mini DLG

ArmSoar Composite Gliders Go Mini DLG

News By Jason Cole
1M DLG's are on the rise as they are much more affordable than their 1.5M brethren. ArmSoar Composite Gliders have been developing a new 1M ship called the Go Mini...
San Felasco - 2017 Discus Launch Glider Event Coverage

San Felasco - 2017 Discus Launch Glider Event Coverage

Article By Jason Cole
On February 17-19, DLG (Discus Launch Glider) pilots traveled down to Alachua, Florida for the 10th Annual San Felasco Hand Launch Glider Competition. It's the first contest of the year and no one
DJ Aerotech 1.5m Chrysalis (Electric)

DJ Aerotech 1.5m Chrysalis (Electric)

News By Jim T. Graham
The folks at DJ Aerotech have spent the last 12 months getting the 1.5 Chrysalis just right. Check it out!
AXI 5345 HD Sailplane Outrunner Brushless Motors

AXI 5345 HD Sailplane Outrunner Brushless Motors

News By Jason Cole
If you have a large electric sailplane project, you don't use cheap questionable quality components to put it together. No, you want the best stuff that will last...
San Felasco 2017 F3K Contest

San Felasco 2017 F3K Contest

Article By Jason Cole
It's a new year and that means it is almost time to kick off the new F3K season. It all begins in Alachua, FL and this year marks the 10th annual San Felasco HLG Festival...
RCG Place of the Month - Orlando Buzzards

RCG Place of the Month - Orlando Buzzards

Article By Jason Cole
This month's featured Place is the in Orlando Buzzards in Oviedo, Florida. This is a soaring club, but you'll also find electric powered models being flown from time to time...
Axi Cyclone Motors - Coming Soon

Axi Cyclone Motors - Coming Soon

News By Jason Cole
Esprit Tech shows us some new sailplane motors from Axi with the Cyclone line...
2016 F5J in the Desert

2016 F5J in the Desert

News By Jason Cole
On December 3-4 the East Valley Electric Flyers are having the F5J in the Desert contest...
Quick Turns - F3K Skills to Learn

Quick Turns - F3K Skills to Learn

Article By Jason Cole
Get tips and tricks for radio setup and throwing techniques for quick turn around tasks...
E-flite Radian XL 2.6m BNF - RCGroups Review

E-flite Radian XL 2.6m BNF - RCGroups Review

Review By Jim T. Graham
The Radian's big brother is here and RCGroups took it to the field to see how this big bird flies.
HobbyKing Cumulus 1500mm Balsa DLG (PNF)

HobbyKing Cumulus 1500mm Balsa DLG (PNF)

Review By IFLYOS
A great introduction to to the world of DLG at an affordable price. The Cumulus is an easy way to enter the DLG world.
HobbyKing Dynamo Electric Glider Review

HobbyKing Dynamo Electric Glider Review

Review By Jason Cole
The Dynamo is traditional built up glider that can be used on the slope, bungee launched or powered with an electric motor. It was designed by Felipe Vadillo and is a 3 channel model with 1500mm
Radio Carbon Art Electric Sailplane Clinic 3 Review

Radio Carbon Art Electric Sailplane Clinic 3 Review

Review By Jason Cole
Paul Naton has done it again with the release of the Electric Sailplane Clinic 3...
ST Model Blaze RxR EPO Brushless Hotliner Review: A Tower Hobbies Exclusive

ST Model Blaze RxR EPO Brushless Hotliner Review: A Tower Hobbies Exclusive

Review By Michael Heer
The Blaze lets a pilot experience a pretty fast sailplane for a very reasonable price!
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