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Homemade Micro Winch for Small Sailplanes

Homemade Micro Winch for Small Sailplanes

News By Jason Cole
OK, this has got to be one of the coolest things I've seen in awhile. LiveFlightRC shared a video on YouTube showing a homemade winch he made for his Wasabi micro glider.
The NEW E-flite Night Radian 2.0m – Gliding Light, All Day and All Night!

The NEW E-flite Night Radian 2.0m – Gliding Light, All Day and All Night!

Article By Jason M
The E-flite® Night Radian® 2.0m motor glider shines at soaring day or night with its integrated high-visibility LED lights. Now new updates and upgrades, including Smart technology, telemetry
New CN Universal Pro Spinners

New CN Universal Pro Spinners

News By Jason Cole
CN-Models is producing a new universal 32mm spinner system to replace their older version.
Come Try a DLG Event at BMFA National Flying Center in the UK

Come Try a DLG Event at BMFA National Flying Center in the UK

Article By Jason Cole
If you are in the UK and have been curious about DLG's or the F3K contest format, then you'll want to make plans to attend the Come Try a DLG event at the BMFA National Flying Center.
Multiplex Lentus Thermal RR - Made of Elapor

Multiplex Lentus Thermal RR - Made of Elapor

Article By Jim T. Graham
MrMPXHobbies presents the Lentus! The model is designed as a club glider with a focus on thermal and slope flight.
Vogel Fly BOO Micro Slope Glider

Vogel Fly BOO Micro Slope Glider

News By Jason Cole
The BOO Micro Slope Glider from Vogel Fly is just too cool not to talk about. It's got an 800mm wingspan and weighs in under 200g.
What the Heck Wednesday - Landing Crash to Take-off???

What the Heck Wednesday - Landing Crash to Take-off???

Article By Jason Cole
This week on What the Heck Wednesday we have an ordinary sailplane landing that turns into the most insanely lucky save I've seen in a long time.
ArmSoar RC Glider Basics: Video Series

ArmSoar RC Glider Basics: Video Series

Article By Jason Cole
I am pumped to see Thomas from ArmSoar producing videos that cover the basics about these amazing RC gliders we get to play with.
Tom Siler's Razor F3K DLG

Tom Siler's Razor F3K DLG

News By Jason Cole
Tom gives us some insight into his new super high aspect ratio plane, the Razor. Watch the video and tell us what you think.
Concept E-CX5 Electric F5K Glider Review

Concept E-CX5 Electric F5K Glider Review

Review By Jason Cole
Let's see what this F5K E-CX5 can do! It's a 1.5M electric sailplane from Concept and it can use your CX5 DLG wings!
CLM Pro HLG Trotter Kit

CLM Pro HLG Trotter Kit

Article By Jim T. Graham
CLM Pro Classic HLG Trotter has 1.5m / 59.1" wingspan, total model weights is approx. 200 grams / 7 oz. All parts of the kit are cut on laser to achieve very easy and fast assembly. This kit is
House Mountain F5J - June 26-27

House Mountain F5J - June 26-27

News By Jason Cole
Jim McCarthy and the House Mountain RC club is once again playing host to this fun 2-day contest in Middle TN.
Armsoar - Applying a Gap Seal on a Discuss Launch Glider

Armsoar - Applying a Gap Seal on a Discuss Launch Glider

Article By Jim T. Graham
Here is a great how-to from Armsoar...
4M Flying Wing Can't Turn - What Went Wrong?

4M Flying Wing Can't Turn - What Went Wrong?

Article By Jason Cole
This 4M flying wing is a custom build and it looks awesome, but it's having trouble turning. Can you spot what's wrong?
RCGroups Place of the Month - Southwest Soaring Society Silent Wings Ranch

RCGroups Place of the Month - Southwest Soaring Society Silent Wings Ranch

Article By Jason Cole
This month's featured Place is the Southwest Soaring Society Silent Wings Ranch located in Maricopa, Arizona.
CLM News and Update!

CLM News and Update!

Article By Jim T. Graham
After 30 years of experience in RC modelling and numerous first places won in competitions in free flight categories (e.g. F3K, F3J and F5J) CLM has decided to focus on the market for composite parts
Armsoar - Exclusive BAMF 2 Promo

Armsoar - Exclusive BAMF 2 Promo

News By Jim T. Graham
Armsoar composite gliders has a promotion to make your spring springier!
J&H Aerospace Micro Bird of Time Unboxing

J&H Aerospace Micro Bird of Time Unboxing

Article By Jason Cole
The Bird of Time is a classic sailplane with unmistakable lines and fond memories for nearly all RC sailplane pilots.
Delta Models G-Blink Wooden Slope Kit

Delta Models G-Blink Wooden Slope Kit

News By Jason Cole
With cold rainy days ahead you might be looking for something to put on the build table. The G-Blink could be just the thing to take your mind off of the poor conditions and let you have some fun
Soaring USA to Stock Stream Team Models!

Soaring USA to Stock Stream Team Models!

News By Jason Cole
Here's some great news from Stream Team and Soaring USA. You will soon be able to order all Stream Team models from Soaring USA
Cheap Electric Winch for Small Gliders

Cheap Electric Winch for Small Gliders

Article By Jason Cole
YouTuber Lord Chasleton posted a video this month showing an electric winch he made using a drill.
F5J Glider Setup Video

F5J Glider Setup Video

News By Jason Cole
Let's admit it, F5J sailplanes are pretty complicated machines to get running with 6 or more servos and a power system to control.
Jim Aero Neutrino F5J Fuselage Update

Jim Aero Neutrino F5J Fuselage Update

News By Jason Cole
Jim Aero redesigned the front fuselage half on the Neutrino and that means I can shave the total weight by at least 4oz!
F3RES Virtual Worldwide Competition

F3RES Virtual Worldwide Competition

Article By Jason Cole
Starting in December, F3RES contenders from around the world will get together to play/fly in their hometowns. It's just for fun and to practice, but also to have a friendly competition.
Soaring USA - Vixen 2 F5J X-tail

Soaring USA - Vixen 2 F5J X-tail

Article By Jim T. Graham
Vixen 2 (F5J LMR/ALES) is a X-tail, 4pc wing, 2pc fuse compact electric sailplane for competition or sport in three layups: Standard, Strong (windy), and Competition. You are going to fall in love
Soaring USA - Jeemo Jet

Soaring USA - Jeemo Jet

Article By Jim T. Graham
Graduate from EDF to real Jet Power with this exciting new kerosene turbine model sailplane!
Soaring USA Savings! Up to 40% off from SoaringUSA

Soaring USA Savings! Up to 40% off from SoaringUSA

Article By Jim T. Graham
Check out these great sailplane deals from the folks at Soaring USA!
F5JPro Models Custom Box for Explorer Q

F5JPro Models Custom Box for Explorer Q

Article By Jason Cole
After seeing Jody's Explorer Q flying at the House Mountain F5J contest this past weekend I know it is going to be a popular model. I saw this custom model box from F5JPro Models and it looks like a
TALES Electric Sailplane Contest

TALES Electric Sailplane Contest

Article By Jason Cole
After completing my review of the Alpha 2M sailplane which you can see here, it felt like a good time to highlight the TALES event format.
What the Heck Wednesday - Aerotow Fail

What the Heck Wednesday - Aerotow Fail

Article By Jason Cole
This week on What the Heck Wednesday we have a couple of nice looking planes taking off for an aerotow.
Paritech 8.8M DG-1000 Overhaul Video

Paritech 8.8M DG-1000 Overhaul Video

Article By Jason Cole
Sometimes you just need to highlight a cool video when you see one, like this huge DG-1000.
Bordertown Aerotow 2020

Bordertown Aerotow 2020

News By Jason Cole
Great news for southern Australians, Bordertown 2020 will happen! Make plans to attend now.
Alpha 2M RCGroups Review

Alpha 2M RCGroups Review

Review By Jason Cole
Jason Cole puts the Alpha in the air and finds out what this 2M composite thermal duration plane has in store for pilots.
Portachiavi CNC Foldable CG Scale

Portachiavi CNC Foldable CG Scale

News By Jason Cole
Getting your CG just right empty and with ballast is important for our F5J models and CG scales make it super easy.
F5J Video Explanation with FPV Footage

F5J Video Explanation with FPV Footage

Article By Jason Cole
Here's a fun video from YouTuber RC-flying & more with some F5J footage from the 2020 Samba Cup.
GliderKeeper F5J Timing Device Review

GliderKeeper F5J Timing Device Review

Review By Jason Cole
Jason Cole tests out the GliderKeeper and plays with all the cool features available.
Ecirtech Stellar F5J Kit

Ecirtech Stellar F5J Kit

News By Jason Cole
If you want to give F5J a try, but don't feel like dropping $3-4K on a new 4M composite sailplane, you might be interested in building the Stellar.
Windy Hill Hobbies Swift S-1 Slope Glider

Windy Hill Hobbies Swift S-1 Slope Glider

News By Jason Cole
Windy Hill Hobbies now has a nice looking 60" Swift S-1 model in EPP foam that is perfect for the slope.
Carbon Repair Kits by CCM

Carbon Repair Kits by CCM

Article By Jason Cole
As pretty and nice as modern F5J planes are, it's pretty rare for them to remain in pristine shape. Between hangar rash, rough landings, obstacles and midairs, there are plenty of ways to damage your
Jason Cole Wins the F3K National Championships!

Jason Cole Wins the F3K National Championships!

Article By Jim T. Graham
Jason has competed all over the country but the big win has always alluded him...until now!
Wingnut Tech Night Radian LED Controller Review

Wingnut Tech Night Radian LED Controller Review

Review By Jason Cole
This LED controller is a replacement for the stock controller in the Flite Test Night Radian. It allows control over the LED lights from your RC transmitter.
Concept X5 DLG Review

Concept X5 DLG Review

Review By Jason Cole
Jason builds and flys a Concept X5 in preparation for the 2019 World Championships. Check out the build and his thoughts on this competitive DLG.
Jim Aero Neutrino 4M F5J (Strong) Review

Jim Aero Neutrino 4M F5J (Strong) Review

Review By Jason Cole
Jason Cole takes the Neutrino to the skies for some F5J soaring. Check out the full review below to hear his thoughts.
Horizon Hobby E-flite Night Radian FT - RCGroups Review

Horizon Hobby E-flite Night Radian FT - RCGroups Review

Review By Jason Cole
We review the E-flite Night Radian FT edition. It's every bit a Radian, but this one shines brighter than any before it.
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
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