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  • Popular Radian RC Glider Turns 10

    Popular Radian RC Glider Turns 10
    Way back in 2009 Horizon Hobby introduced their first electric powered glider, the ParkZone Radian which was a huge success by any measure. This simple 2 metre, 3 channel foam glider was quick to assemble, light and soared in the weakest of thermals. What more could a budding RC Glider pilot ask for? Owing some of its design cues to the 1974 Hobie Hawk with an elliptical wing plan form and elliptical dihedral, the Radian has a distinctive look in the sky. Tens of thousands of RC pilots have enjoyed the easy flying characteristics and great soaring abilities of the Radian. RC glider clubs all over the world hold one model competitions for the Radian including the Southern Soaring League in Adelaide. Up to 20 pilots launch their models on the sound of the hooter and climb under power to 100 metres where the motor is turned off. The task is to fly...

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  • What is SAFE Technology for RC aircrafts?

    What is SAFE Technology for RC aircrafts?
    As you are browsing through the Modelflight website you will notice that quite a few of the newer releases from Horizon Hobby are equipped with an S.A.F.E receiver but what is it exactly? What is for and how do you use it? 1. Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope S.A.F.E technology or (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) came about around five or so years ago in 2013 developed by the good folks at Horizon Hobby who essentially wanted to help or assist inexperienced RC pilots gain confidence when flying. The first time we saw SAFE it was partnered with a re-release of arguably the most popular training plane ever sold – The E-Flite Apprentice. This was an absolute game changer and revolutionized the way we look at the world of trainer aircrafts...

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  • Trimming Techniques for Multi-Channel Gliders

    A gliding retrospective Written by Mike O'Reilly The Model Make every effort to have a ‘straight’ model This was important when you built your own model from balsa and foam, but modern moulded gliders rarely have warps or heavy panels Trimming The whole purpose of the trimming process is to make your glider easy to fly in a ‘hands-off’ situation. The easier it is to fly, the better it will fly. I like my gliders to be neutrally stable so they will fly hands off. This helps you to detect thermals in the first instance and to be comfortable flying your glider a long way downwind. Tow Hook Position With very few exceptions the tow hook should be placed in front of or on the CG. The ideal position also depends on flap and elevator presets so there is no definitive position. Moving the hook rearwards will increase the steepness of the climb,...

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  • The E-Flite Adagio RC Glider Coming Soon to Modelflight

    The E-Flite Adagio RC Glider Coming Soon to Modelflight
    Singing Praises About the E-Flite Adagio Spring has finally arrived and the time is ripe to get outdoors and enjoy the weather without fear of rain clouds! Fortunately we have a great glider from E-Flite that will be available soon for you to enjoy the new season. The Adagio is a 280-size electric glider constructed from Z-Foam. The beauty of this model is that is large enough to take advantage of in-air thermals, but also small enough to fly at your local park or a small field. The two-piece wing makes the glider easy to transport and its sleek, high aspect ratio airframe is perfect for soaring. With the functional flaps, you can also perform basic sport aerobatics -...

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  • E-Flite Allusive RC Glider Coming Soon to Modelflight

    E-Flite Allusive RC Glider Coming Soon to Modelflight
      An exciting RC glider to emerge from the 2014 Nuremberg Toy Fair was the E-Flite RC Allusive. Today we are pleased to announce that the arrival of this new model is imminent. This will be a great glider for fans of thermal soaring. With its streamline fibreglass fuselage, the Allusive is a well-constructed model. This glider offers four-channel control, covering V-tail, ailerons and throttle. You will notice that the canopy is quite large and will give you easy access to the plywood mounting plates; very useful as you put together the necessary components to complete this ARF glider. The Allusive has a bold design, with bright orange tips on the ends of its two-piece wings...

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  • E-Flite Ultra Micro Radian Arrives at Modelflight

    E-Flite Ultra Micro Radian Arrives at Modelflight
    The original Radian from ParkZone was always a popular RC glider, proving to be easy-to-fly and offering great characteristics in the air. In this spirit of this tradition, E-Flite announced earlier this year the introduction of an Ultra Micro Radian and today we are pleased to annouce that this new model has arrived at Modelflight. The Ultra Micro Radian is going to be lots of fun. It comes equipped with AS3X Technology, so you know that your flights are going to be smooth and stable. With its 3-channel control,...

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  • New Model Gliders Now in Stock at Modelflight

    New Model Gliders Now in Stock at Modelflight
    The last few weeks has seen some exciting additions to the range of model gliders at Modelflight. Today, we will be looking at three of these new gliders, beginning with the KA-3 scale vintage glider from VQ Models...

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  • New! JR Airflow DLG1 Glider Announced at Modelflight

    New! JR Airflow DLG1 Glider Announced at Modelflight
    JR made a very exciting announcement this week, with the launch of their Airflow DLG1 Glider. The Airflow is JR's first glider. It is made from glass- and carbon-reinforced polymer (GRFP and CRFP respectively) material, giving this model a light flying weight of 155-165g.   Mike was able to get a sneak preview of the new Airflow, and put this video on Modelflight's YouTube...

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  • The ParkZone KA8 RC Sailplane – New Release!

    The ParkZone KA8 RC Sailplane – New Release!
      ParkZone made a big addition to their range of RC sailplanes today with the launch of the KA8. The KA8 offers fantastic scale design and appearance and with its Z-Foam construction, it is a lightweight, yet rigid model. This RC glider is modelled on the German Schleicher Ka 8, which is commonly used as a pilot's first single-seat sailplane.   On ...

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  • Find 2013 Scale Soaring Events in Australia

    Find 2013 Scale Soaring Events in Australia
    If you are into scale soaring, check out some of the events coming up across Australia. These are some great opportunities for you to take your model glider to a range of fields. Full details of the events can be found on Oz Scale Soaring. We will continue to update you on future events here at Modelflight.   Month...

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