Types of aircraft outside the scope of this site include
These are either electric or internal combustion motors and are built in the style of old free-flight competition models.
Hand Launch gliders (HLG)
About 1.5 metres span, very light and somewhat fragile.
Most successful are fibreglass, some balsa.
Require micro gear to keep the weight down to 400 grams or less.
Launched by throwing like a javelin or, if the wings are strong enough, by grabbing a wing tip and throwing like a discus - which gives greater height.
High Performance Specialist Winch Launched Models
About 3 metre span,
Multiple servos on wings,
Made of Fibreglass and Carbon Fibre
Launched by electric winch
High Performance Specialist Electric Models
F5B competition models
- have a span of about 1.8 metres
- have high powered electric motors drawing over 100 amps
- use about 23 or more cell battery packs
- Climb vertically at over 160kph (100mph)
- range from balsa to fibreglass and carbon fibre
- have a span of 0.7 to 1.1 metres
- fly faster than you would have believed possible(!)
which are fantastic to watch - but are not beginners to fly.
Aircraft Between the ranges described on this site
The main list of articles describes the popular sizes and types of planes - but there are many in-between (and bigger and smaller!!).
OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU START.
A high performance competition model.
Lots of cells go into these and they are NOT for beginners