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Posted by Up&Away | Jul 29, 2012 @ 06:26 AM | 60,338 Views
This mini review was previously published in the August 2012 edition of the Radio Control Soaring Digest

This August (2012) marks my 9th year flying RC; mainly electrics and gliders, and I don't know about you, but for the last 4 or 5 years I have seen a steady decline in prices of the various bits and pieces. It started with brushless motors, logically followed by cheaper ESC's, then the bottom fell out of the servo market. Mind you, these were all (and often still are) manufactured in the Far East - copies of reputable brands, or re-branded servos exiting the very same factories, but with less strict (i.e. cheaper) quality control.
Now I do not intend to start an argument (or a case) for or against these cheaper products. Fact is, some of these cheaper items aren't worth even the little bit of money you spend on them. However, some are. You just need to be either lucky, or knowledgeable about what you need, and where to buy it. For example, both my Riva Tango F5J glider and my Topmodels Nike2 hotliner have brand name quality servos. But they both sport "top-of-the-line" Turnigy motors and ESC's. My foamies on the other hand, all have $2 - $3 servos, and have withstood all possible abuse I could think of. And some even I couldn't think of…
But how about planes? Many ARF's are produced in the Far East nowadays, including a lot of brand names. And those prices are still way up there where they were 4 years ago.
So then, what kind of glider...Continue Reading