The flying of radio controlled gliders and sailplanes has become a major branch of the aeromodelling hobby over the last thirty years. Today, while the traditional slope soaring and tow-launched radio control gliders are as popular as ever, a huge variety of powerless flying models can be seen on the club flying site and a bewildering range of plans, kits and accessories is available.
This is the book which explains it all; more than a technical reference book, the author explains in a readable and accessible style just how the hobby has developed: the great scope of radio control soaring; design, traditional construction and flying basics; constructing with the same hi-tech materials as full size gliders; acrobatic sailplanes; sport and contest flying; flying of unpowered scale models of the latest jet fighters; detecting and utilising slope and thermal lift; high performance competitive thermal soaring.
Contents: Radio Controlled Soaring – A General Background; Weather and the Pilot; Slope Lift; Thermal Lift; Getting Started; Considerations for Flight; Some Examples; Construction Techniques; Control; Covering and Finishing; Learning to Fly; The Basics; Advanced Slope Flying; Advanced Thermal Flying; PSS Models; Scale Sailplanes; Self-Launching Sailplanes; Vintage Gliders; Summary; Rule Outlines for the Major Classes; Sketches Showing the Major Classes; Names and Addresses of Organisations; Balsa Weights.
Originally published by Nexus Special Interests Ltd in 1997
236 x 189 mm
67 black and white photographs
65 line drawings