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Jun 30, 2018, 01:56 PM
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Hand Launch Links - Reboot


This handlaunch link thread is a reboot of my Hand Launch Links - Updated thread, inspired by (and originated from) Adam Neat's Hand Launch Info thread. Thanks Adam for the great idea! The list has evolved due to helpful suggestions from RCGroups users: please let me know of additions, dead links, or errors. I'd let the list go dormant for a while, let's see if it's still useful.

As before, I'll try to keep the list short enough to be meaningful and useful. Therefore, I'm listing only only suppliers, build logs, plans, building supplies or reference materials related to handlaunch / discus-launched RC gliders. New links/recent changes are highlighted with a big red *New* or *Updated* etc. "Source code" of this post, and my reasons for archiving it, are at this link.

Thanks,
Hal

Legend: Colors denote Kit or Scratchbuild, all others are ARF

Handlaunch Planes:


Airfoils Thread ; Links to the Edge, Synergy, Zone, and Zone V2 (corrections welcome)
ArmSoar ; Arctus, BAMF, Go, Go Mini, Vibe
Aloft Hobbies Fen, Go, Longshot 4, Trotter
Art Hobby ; Nice selection of HLG's
BLH ; ASPI 97 (in French)
Bug Yahoo Group; Bug
Charles River RC; Online plans for the SuperGee II, Apogee, Terminator HLG
Claus Thiele Modellbau ; Falke, Keibitz, Milan, Weihe, and others (in German)
CLM-Pro ; Trotter
Dave's Toys; Aus supplier for Vladimir's Models: Blaster, Elf, Snipe... *New*
Decker Planes; Spinnin Birdy (in German)
DeX SAL ; DeX 0.77m SAL
DJAerotech/; Chrysalis traditional built up HLG. Also their "Ask D&J" has lots of good info.
Dr. Chucho; Dr. Chucho SAL Glider
Dream Flight; Libelle
Dyne-o-mite; Dyne-o-Mite 1M SAL Glider
Edge; RC Groups thread on the Edge Airfoil series - refer to the top post for links to designs buried deeper in the thread
European Top Planes; Tweagle
Flightcomp ; Vortex, Fireblade, Brko, MAAT, Strike 3 Mini
f3x ; SALpeter, Aspirin, RAD2 and Stobel
graham1234's planes : Designs by RCG user graham1234: Storm, Blackjack, Karisma,
Great Planes ; Fling DL
HJZ ; Predator II
HobbyKing ; Versus, Apollo 1550, Mini
Hobby Club ; Blaze, Rubi
Hokusei model shop ; Chinese Mini DLGs similar to Apogee Sport
Horizon Hobby (UK) Dee-L-Gee 995mm PNP *New*
Hyperflight ; UK supplier of Mini Vick and Big Vick, Alt, Schloiderding V2, Spinnin' Birdy RE and Aileron, Elf, Malibu Pro, Hawk / Light Hawk, Strike 2 and 3, Dream Flight Alula-Trek and Libelle, Stiletto Lift 1.2m, Flipper 1.25m, Blaster 2, 3, and 3.5, #Boom F3K, Stark 2017 and Pro, Smile F3K, Snipe SN, SNT and 2
ICare ; Osiris, Gladiator, Sailfish
Icarus; Icarus 1.2m DLG
Isthmus Models; Zephyr traditional built-up HLG, others
Kennedy Composites ; Blaster 2, Blaster 3, Blaster 3 ST, Elf, Snipe
Little Nipper Yahoo Group; Grandfather of the Seeker / Swyft
Manta; RC Groups Thread on the Manta - built-up Drela DLG
Mistra
MiMi
Modelflight ; AUS supplier of Long Shot
Modellflug-Technik ; K-wing
Modellbau Bichler ; EU supplier of Horejsi Joy and Longshot II, Valenta Apache, Huron and Baby Fly
Momentum Model Technologies ; Arctus, Polaris
Mountain Models/Laser Arts; Boomer, Quickflick II kit and short kit, DL-50, Supergee II short kit (templates), Spinner XT EPP Kit
Nano
Oleg Golovidov ; Hawk, Flitz2, Stream NXT, Flitzebogen, Stream, Concept CX4-TD, Validol
PCM ; Fireworks, Flow
Peak Hobby ; Binary, Binary 900 and Ice Fire II Manufacturer
QSC; QSC 32 inch (80cm) SAL
Sklep Modelarski Exspert ; Comet
Skybench Aerotech; Lil' Bird, Sunbird
SMT Solinske Modelltechnik ; YASAL
SoaringModels Kite, Dart
SoaringUSA ; Athena, Boom, Brko, Catia, Chicco, Chili, Concept CX4, Dart, Fireworks (6.2, Flow 5, IV Carbon, and Xtend 2M), Mini Dart, Mini Fireworks (regular, Q, and Q Carbon), Mini Race Carbon, Miras DLG, Osiris Mk3, Smile, Steigeisen LIFT and Race, Stiletto Lift, Stobel (V2, V3, and V3.5),Tabu HLG, Taser
Stratair ; Athena, Bat, Chili F3K, Risk, Steigeisen, Ultegra, and X-Ray Micro.
Tralla la; Tralla la 80cm DLG
TUD Modelltechnik ; Manufacturer of Aspirin and SALPeter
Vick Models Vick, Alt
YPSI; Fenix (in Czech)
Wright Brothers RC; Gambler AG


Building Supplies:

Aerospace Composite Products
AeroMarine Products; Resins and Molding Rubber
Aircraft Spruce; Full scale aircraft supply but has lots of stuff a hobbyist could use
AMT Composites; South African Composites Supplier
Balsa USA
Composite Structures Technology (CST)
Core Cutting; CNC foam cutting by RCG user Traian
Discount Composite
Fiberglass Supply
FibreGlast
Goodwinds Kites; Tailbooms
National Balsa
Soller Composites
Sweet Composites
Thayercraft; Glass Cloth
US Composites

Reference/How-to/Inspirational:

Everything; SensibleNick's "Everything" thread, now being curated by Plane_Tech - references to lots of how-to
Airfoil Programs Thread
FAI; Contest rules
Foam Properties
How to Transport your Handlaunch; Links to examples of transport boxes
Molding / Bagging Threads
Radio Carbon Art; Videos on building and flying handlaunch
Radio Controlled Soaring Digest; Check out the Archives especially March-October 2006 which documented the build process for Maple Leaf's Encore
Reese Productions; Lift Ticket videos
SAL Glider Yahoo Group; Good historical info but activity there all but ended in 2007
SuperGee Thread; Go here to get a full education on building and flying foam-core composite DLGs, centered around Mark Drela's seminal design, the SuperGee.
Switchjacks; SwitchJack and Wiring Harness Links
Tailwind Gliders; Calc tools and instructional vids
Vacuum Bagging and Molding; Phil Barnes Techniques
Vacuum Free Tail Surface Glassing How-to on producing glassed tail surfaces without vacuum-bagging equipment


Old or Dead Links:

Planes -
Bowman's Hobbies; Javelin - dead link as of mid- 2018
Canterbury Sailplanes ; Eagle - dead link as of mid- 2018
Crazy Canuck Gliders ; Vortex - dead link as of mid- 2018
Dave's Aircraft Works; Hosted by SkyKing RC Products; Dragonette, Schweizer 1-26 - dead link as of mid- 2018
CS Flugmodellbau ; KiSal - dead link as of mid- 2018
Davy; Scratchbuilt micro-HLG plans in DXF format - dead link as of late 2016
Enduro Composite Models ; Apogee Elite, Apogee Sport; Link is apparently dead as of 8/12
Edge RC ; MiSAL - dead link as of mid- 2018
Falken ; RC Groups Thread on the Falken - no activity since 2010
HKM ; Concept Xtreme 2, 3, 4 - dead link as of mid- 2018
Jones' Prototypes ; Vandal - Link is dead as of 1/14
Liftworx ; Swyft - No longer taking orders as of May 2013
Merlin Hobbies ; Ice Fire II reseller - dead link as of mid-2016
Miniplumes ; Topset II - dead link as of mid- 2018
The MONSTR Shop; US Distributor of TopSky - dead link as of mid-2016
http://nqrc.com/; Quickflick Kits, plus DLG onboard electronics solutions: apparently closed
Pacific Glider Works ; Arrow 5 and Arrow Pro 5 - dead link as of mid-2018
Possum Works ; Avenger 3 - No activity since 2012
RC Builder ; Lighthawk, Lightspeed, Blade, Razor - dead link as of mid- 2018
Rocky Mountain Soaring Association ; Old school javelin HLGs "Aspen Leaf" and "Soarcerer" - main rmsa site is live but the listings for these HLGs is a dead link as of mid- 2018
Skip Miller Models ; Ultegra, Steigeisen, Super Freak - dead link as of mid-2018
SkyHighHobby ; Micro 21" - dead link as of mid-2018
Spritz ; Spritz Molded DLG - dead link as of mid-2018
Steelhead Products; Fry and Fry MKII ; Link is apparently dead as of 8/12
Top Soaring ; Top Sky 2.0 and Mini Top Sky Manufacturer - dead link as of mid-2018
Twister - no activity since 2013, Atlanta Hobby no longer distributing
Zaerotech ; Zip 33 - dead link as of mid-2018

Reference -
Fiberglassing without vacuum; Wax Paper / Weights method for tails - dead link as of mid-2018
Hilaunch; Reflective tape, hinge tape - dead link as of mid-2018
Polecat Handlaunch University - dead link as of mid-2018

Suppliers -
Cheap Battery Packs - dead link as of mid-2018
Clarasonic; US and China Supplier of Rohacell - dead link as of mid-2018
Compufoamcore; CNC foam cutting by Laszlo Horvath - dead link as of mid-2018
Lonestar Balsa; Back in business as of 2/2009, dead link as of mid-2016
Stealth Plane Works; CNC foam cutting by Anker Berg-Sonne - dead link as of mid-2018
Last edited by Chachi639; Oct 31, 2018 at 01:48 PM. Reason: Updated links
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Jul 01, 2018, 11:39 AM
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Maybe you should look at my site at FieldGuideToModeling at http://www.fieldguidetomodeling.com ????

I have a HUGE list , with pictures, of HLGs, DLGs, and in the references foreach I have links. I those links are gone, no worries, I have downloads of the pages.

I am currently re-writing the site to make it more serviceable and to present photos and specification for those designers.
Jul 04, 2018, 02:18 AM
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I'm slowly revisiting the list and continue to find sites needing to be moved to the "Dead Links" section. If you see one there that you know it's still alive but just has a new URL, please let me know.

Hal
HJZ ; Predator II

Website still active, but contacted owner by email, he is NOT building DLG's due to family sickness....not sure if he will return.
Jul 07, 2018, 07:36 PM
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List Maintenance Strategy Question


In my previous Hand Launch Links thread, I had posted and was doing the following:
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I've been maintaining the top post with all the current information. Followup posts, after the link suggestions have been added to the list, I've been pruning out of the thread after letting them stand for a few weeks or if a flurry of comments starts to stack up. I hope that no one takes offense at that, I'm just trying to keep things quick n' clean.

An additional note: after a few days, I'm also going to be pruning out posts containing reviews, criticisms, complaints, or praise of various vendors. I'm trying to keep this thread about listing HLG and DLG models. Instead please take those discussions over to Vendor Talk.
The pruning strategy had been in response to what I saw happen to Adam Neat's original Hand Launch Links thread. My thinking was that a short thread, one page, with mainly just the "links" post, was better than a thread with multiple pages of suggestions, discussion, and other comments. Otherwise, the links would get buried under all the other stuff.

But I worried back then, and still do, that the strategy of deleting out-of-date posts is heavy-handed and would turn people off. Further, there may be other downsides that I hadn't even thought of.

This replacement thread, like the previous one, is generating lots of great posts with suggestions for the list. Thanks again to everyone who's contributed! But as the post count starts to stack up, I'm starting to think about if and when I might want to delete old posts - again, after they've been up for a while.

So it seems like now is a good time to see if anyone sees any reasons why I might not want to do that. Thoughts?
Oct 18, 2018, 10:35 PM
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Possum Works Models has been laid to rest. I made the wings and am looking to make some stuff under the name Locals ONLY Models. Still in the beginning stages. Given away several Woody 1m models trying to hone my skills and gearing up for the VERY limited production of some composite stuff. But it's just starting.
Oct 28, 2018, 12:54 AM
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https://www.davestoysforbigboys.com....LG__HLG_models

aus seller for snipe, blaster, elf, and stobel.
Oct 31, 2018, 01:48 PM
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https://www.davestoysforbigboys.com....LG__HLG_models

aus seller for snipe, blaster, elf, and stobel.
Added. Thanks!
Oct 31, 2018, 01:58 PM
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List Maintenance


I continue to receive excellent pointers to links to add, and with this help the list continues to grow! This list has continued to evolve largely due to the collaboration of so many RC Groups members. Thanks everyone for your help.

I've been maintaining the top post with all the current information. Followup posts, after the link suggestions have been added to the list, I've been pruning out of the thread after letting them stand for a few weeks or if a flurry of comments starts to stack up. I hope that no one takes offense at that, I'm just trying to keep things quick n' clean.

An additional note: I'm trying to focus this thread to be about the list of HLG and DLG models and related supplies and references. Posts with reviews, criticisms, complaints, or praise of various vendors, I'm also going to be pruning out after a few days. A better location for those types of posts might be Vendor Talk.

Suggestions for new links are always welcome. Furthermore, notification about bad or obsolete links is very welcome - I no longer check them on any regular basis.

Regards,
Hal
Nov 09, 2018, 11:03 AM
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KFerret DLG, build thread:


https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...-maiden-report
Nov 09, 2018, 12:23 PM
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Cheap Simple Foam DLG thread, includes a plan:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...imple-foam-DLG
Nov 09, 2018, 12:25 PM
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Dollar Foam DLG thread:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ollar-foam-DLG
Nov 09, 2018, 12:37 PM
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Scratch built DLG thread
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...atch-built-DLG
Jan 30, 2019, 08:21 AM
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Thanks for including us. www.Hyperflight.co.uk also supplies DLG building materials and suitable servos. World-wide delivery.

Neil.
Jan 30, 2019, 03:24 PM
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Ray at Skybench has passed away, according to this post:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...5&postcount=11
Apr 22, 2019, 03:14 AM
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Archived copies of some of these dead links can be found by searching for them at archive.org, aka the Wayback Machine. For instance:
https://web.archive.org/web/20150910.../DAW_kits.html


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