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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.
Podcast 63 - HD FPV, New Products and More

Podcast 63 - HD FPV, New Products and More

Article By Jim T. Graham
We have another RCGroups podcast and video ready to go. Hang out with the RCGroups team as we discuss the Connex HD FPV system, new RC plane releases, event coverage and more!
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...
Top Model Marabu Coming to Esprit Model

Top Model Marabu Coming to Esprit Model

News By Jason Cole
The Top Model Marabu is a popular European designed and manufactured F5J ALES sailplane. It has a 2.75M wingspan and weighs in at around 1250-1400g depending on your gear selection...
RCGroups 2016 Punkin Chunk Coverage

RCGroups 2016 Punkin Chunk Coverage

News By Jason Cole
The annual Punkin Chunk F3K contest held by the North Atlanta Soaring Association went down on November 4-6...
Thermal Master Class 2 - Radio Carbon Art Productions

Thermal Master Class 2 - Radio Carbon Art Productions

News By Jim T. Graham
More great videos from the folks at Radio Carbon Art are avialable!
ASW 28 V2 Electric Sailplane

ASW 28 V2 Electric Sailplane

News By Jason Cole
This V2 ASW-28 is a hybrid foam and plastic model with a few nice upgrades over the V1. The wings and tail are EPO foam while the fuselage is blow molded plastic...
2016 Atlanta Punkin Chunk is Almost Here

2016 Atlanta Punkin Chunk is Almost Here

News By Jason Cole
The North Atlanta Soaring Association is hosting the 2016 Atlanta Punkin Chunk DLG Contest on November 4 - 6
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.
RCGroups Coverage of the 2017 US F3K Team Selection

RCGroups Coverage of the 2017 US F3K Team Selection

Article By Mean Joe Vermillion
Mean Joe ran across the Team Selection event for the 2017 US F3K event at the AMA. Lets check out what he found!
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