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Recommended Sailplanes - F3B

Written by Hayden Daley - 14 September, 2007.
The following models provide exceptional performance at recent competitions and come recommended as good flying high performance competition models.

F3B Tabu

TABU is an extraordinary top level flying machine, designed focused on competition and also with an excellent handling capability. The new TABU will put aside the previous concept of what a competition glider tail should look alike.This elevator linkage was thought for zeroslop and perfect trim but to be as light as extremely strong. With bases on previous proved designs, the new TABU goes one step forward in performance, thanks to its new profiles in a redesigned wing for a very wide (and good) flight envelope. It´s advanced design concepts and building quality will certainly help you with today´s high competition demands and with no compromise in structural roughness (and it will surely put a smile of joy on your face in every flight). Available in 4 Versions: Fiberglass+Carbon Standard Version: Standard hollow molded fiberglass construction reinforced with carbon fiber which gives adequate stiffness and torsion stability with lower weigh and cost. Highly recommended for sport flying. Carbon Version: Wings built using carbon cloth as well as fuselage reinforced with carbon from leading edge of the wing to the tail. This configuration gives the model enormous stiffness and torsion stability. The first two versions are available in stock. Besides, we have Light Carbon Version(less weight) and Double Carbon Version(with two layers of carbon), the last two versions are customized. Features:

  • Tabu is a great little HLG. Light, strong and looks as good as it flies
  • This elevator linkage was thought for zero slop and perfect trim but to be as light as extremely strong.
  • With bases on previous proved designs, the new TABU goes one step forward in performance, thanks to its new profiles in a redesigned wing for a very wide (and good) flight envelope.
  • 3000mm wingspan
  • Fuselage is made of carbon/Kevlar epoxy, wing is carbon D-box covered with. Large carbon fiber canopy permits easy access to servos, receiver and battery pack. Wing is attached to the fuselage by two nylon screws. The tail is made out made of light molded composite with carbon reinforcement

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F3B Tango

Inspired by one of the most beautiful types of musics in the world, Argentine Tango, full of elegance and majesty, represented in this wonderful glider flying with fine lines and versatility to meet all expectations of any pilot. This glider was designed thinking to fly in F3B/F3F competition. TANGO performed very well in the F3B World Cup in Germany last 2013 with great success. Electric version is also available and We are sure that will be a surprising experience to fly that ship using this kind of configuration…you will feel a rocket in your hands!! Available in 4 Versions: Fiberglass+Carbon Standard Version: Standard hollow molded fiberglass construction reinforced with carbon fiber which gives adequate stiffness and torsion stability with lower weigh and cost. Highly recommended for sport flying. Carbon Version: Wings built using carbon cloth as well as fuselage reinforced with carbon from leading edge of the wing to the tail. This configuration gives the model enormous stiffness and torsion stability. The first two versions are available in stock. Besides, we have Light Carbon Version(less weight) and Double Carbon Version(with two layers of carbon), the last two versions are customized. Features:

  • Tango (motorless version is 2890 wingspan, motor version is 2905mm wingspan)has two blended high performance airfoils in the wings, that allow the pilot to fly high speed and slow when he need it. This advanced design completed with the RCRCM technology, make this glider and excellent machine to fly.
  • Able to fly in almost any conditions and equipped with a full house complement of ailerons, rudder, elevator and flaps.
  • Tango is a glider to use for competition or just for fun.
Includes:
  • RCRCM 2890mm/2905mm Wingspan RC Glider – TANGO
  • Ballast Tube(for Motorless Glider only) , Motor mount(for electric version only), servo support, Push Rod, Clevis, Linkage Rod, Control horn, Servo Cover, Wing joiner, tail joiner, servo plate

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Jedi F3B

Our latest F3B model. We left wing base depth 220mm, the same as Fosa Lift, but we have redesigned wing tips for better agility and turning performance. The aim was to create a model, which is easier to control and has better direction keeping. However it was long journey to the final version. Whole season we tested many Jedi prototypes – various fuse lenght, wingspan, V-tail angle, elevatore size etc. Nearly each competition in the season 2013 we flew another modification of Jedi. Airfoil is designed more for speed performance. Thanks to the frame design, the stability, we also have achived the same result during launch as Fosa Lift, which is highly aclaimed for the performance during launch and duration. Competition results make us happy. Frequently the pilots of Jedi are the fastest ones like Reinhard Liese in Nardt 2014 or Thomas Dylla in Kircheim 2014. Andreas Böhlen also flies Jedi in season 2014 and he won Nardt and after the competition he is the leader of FAI World Cup F3B 2014.

Construction of model is fully composite with carbon in all stressed parts. For wingspar is used high modular carbon with very low ductility and kevlar honeycomb, which resulted in light and very stiff construction. Also fuselage is almost 100% carbon composite with 2,4 GHz friendly nose and nosecone. If requested we are able to prepare extra strong fuselage with double UHM carbon. The surface of the model is coloured by car-colors - please see used colours in our company. We can offer you possibility of any personal colour design you would like in addition to our standard colour schemes. All versions are ready for RDS assembling to wings and come with RDS linkage and wiring harness. On request we can prepare LDS for flaps. Also possible to order completed model with installed servos, cables, battery pack, etc. - you only put receiver and fly. Please see detail of complete finishing service. The price include all accessories for servo assembling (4 x RDS set, cables, connectors etc.), carbon pushrods, servo covers, ballast set. Padded foil bags for the entire model also included. For finishing the model you need only RC equipment (servos, reciver...) and 5 minutes epoxy. Only please specify in order what type of servo frames we should send with model.

Kit contains:

  • Fuselage with canopy and two carbon tubes for V-tail linkage, installed towing hook (F3B version)
  • Wings with joiner and servo covers (horns already glued)
  • V-Tail with joiners (horns already glued)
  • Cables for wing servos with connectors
  • Extension cables for wing servos into the fuselage with connectors
  • Two pair of MPX 6-pin connectors
  • Servo holders for wing servos (2x right, 2x left)
  • Servo holder for V-Tail servos into fuselage
  • Servo covers
  • Ballast - brass cubes for both wing and fuse (approx 1280 grams in total)
  • Accessories to linkage hardware

Category: F3B/F3F

Wingspan: 3100mm

Wing area: 57,5 dm2

Aspect ratio: 17,1

Weight: 2050-3400g

Length: 1450mm

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Pitbull F3B

Pitbull is our first model, which is specially designed for F3F competition. However it can also be used in F3B category and some pilots use it in F3B successfully. Idea of Pitbull came from tests of one F3B profile. During the hundreds hours of testing we noticed that the profile is incredible fast in turns. So it suggested itself that the profile is ideal for task in F3F with large number of turns, where the turning performance is essentials. The model is produced in both F3F and F3B lay-up. Please see below details of standard versions - F3F strong, F3F light and F3B. Double or triplecarbon F3F version on special request.

Pitbull is flown by some pilots in season 2014 and the results are fantastic. Pilots flying with Pitbull like Lukas Gaubatz, Filip Kalensky and Martin Ziegler are top ranked in CONTEST results F3F 2014.Construction of model is fully composite with carbon in all stressed parts. For wingspar is used high modular carbon with very low ductility and kevlar honeycomb, which resulted in light and very stiff construction. Also fuselage is almost 100% carbon composite with 2,4 GHz friendly nose and nosecone. If requested we are able to prepare extra strong fuselage with double UHM carbon. The surface of Pitbull is coloured by car-colors - please see used colours in our company. We can offer you possibility of any personal colour design you would like in addition to our standard colour schemes.

All versions are ready for RDS assembling to wings and come with RDS linkage and wiring harness. On request we can prepare LDS for flaps. Also possible to order completed model with installed servos, cables, battery pack, etc. - you only put receiver and fly. Please see details to complete finishing service here. The price include all accessories for servo assembling (4 x RDS set, cables, connectors etc.), carbon pushrods, servo covers, ballast set. Padded foil bags for the entire model also included. For finishing the model you need only RC equipment (servos, reciver...) and 5 minutes epoxy. Only please specify in order what type of servo frames we should send with model.

Kit contains:

  • Fuselage with canopy and two carbon tubes for V-tail linkage, installed towing hook (F3B version)
  • Wings with joiner and servo covers (horns already glued)
  • V-Tail with joiners (horns already glued)
  • Cables for wing servos with connectors
  • Extension cables for wing servos into the fuselage with connectors
  • Two pair of MPX 6-pin connectors
  • Servo holders for wing servos (2x right, 2x left)
  • Servo holder for V-Tail servos into fuselage
  • Servo covers
  • Accessories to linkage hardware
  • Ballast - brass cubes for both wing and fuse (approx 1280 grams in total)

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Pike Precision F3B

It has been 5 years since Samba Models released to the world the Pike Perfect one of the first standard F3J planes and this was in cooperation with Philip Kolb who designed the sailplane. Another 5 years later Samba Model are happy to produce another great soaring machine out of our Pike series and to add their experience and expertise in designing, calculating tooling and computing the creation of the Pike Precision our newest design in the F3B and F3F category. Tooling of moulds was made on HSC tooling machine to reach the top quality in mould construction and to promote perfect accuracy. The Pike Precision F3B and F3F is produced with the latest known technology and with use of modern composites and special orders of this F3B model are available on request. Basic version is F3B with a weight of 2000grams and the second version is F3F with more carbon and a heavier layup for harder manipulation on the slope. Maximum ballast is 2kg and the center of gravity will remain the same with all additions of ballast. Models will be delivered with the RDS system installed, everything installed in the wing during production including the wiring harness, MG, JR DS and MKS servos will all fit. The wing surface will not be disturbed by servo hatches and means the surface is aerodynamically clean. The Model Flight version will include full RDS hardware, model covers, ballast and a pre installed wiring harness and Model Flight can also order special colours to the buyers request on order and other options are, double carbon spread tow versions and ready to fly version with all radio gear pre installed at Samba. This model will be available in 2000gm F3B layup 2200 gram F3F layup that will be stronger for the slope and cost less. The wingspan is 116 inches, wing area is 919 square inches the aerofoil is a Samba Models special and the length is 56 inches weight is from 2000 grams upwards depending on layup and all models will carry up to 2000grams ballast. Congratulations to the Samba Model Company and Model Flight with the importation of this well optimised F3B sailplane designed by world champions to be successful in the racing class F3B and racing class f3F and utilises the latest construction techniques and to an excellent design.

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Shinto F3B

The new Shinto F3b is the latest sailplane from Vladimirs models, providing a new F3b sailplane that is well designed utilising the current trends in F3b design with a supurb planform, light and strong carbon composite construction and all new aerofoils where used on this class leading F3b model sailplane. David Pratley from Hyperion Australia is the Australian agent for all Vladimirs models and he provides the Australian scene with all choices available from this leading constructor of composite molded models, the company and organisation that is Vladimirs models. The Shinto has a length of 1471mm, a wingspan of 2995mm and a wing area of 55.59 sq dm and utilises the wingsection M 1647922s straak, an all new wingsection provided by this model. The aspect ratio used by the Shinto is 16.14% and the horizontal tail area 5,58 sq dm and the horizontal tail aspect ratio 5,66% and the tail aerofoil is the M008, the vertical tail area 2,4 sq dm. The Shinto has the following weights, wing tips,1210 grams, tail with control horns, 65 grams, wing joiner 115 grams, and the models ready to fly weight 1950 grams. The wing loading on the Shinto is 35.2 Gr/qdm. This model has already been released in Europe and the reports coming from people flying the Shinto, that this model is world class, a supurb and well optimised design for F3B and F3F competition as provided by Hyperion Australia.

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Eldorado F3B

The Eldorado is an all new design that is currently being released by the well known constructor of molded sailplanes Jaro Muller, an industry leader in the construction of hollow molded models. We have the Egida now for F3J competition and now for F3B Jaro Muller has now released the Eldorado as his latest competition sailplane for the racing class F3B. While similar to the Egida the Eldorado is an all new design utilising the latest trends and design theories to create an awesome F3B sailplane to the current F3b rules. David Pratley from Hyperion Australia is the current agent for Jaro Muller models and he carries most Muller Models in stock and are available now as shipments arrive in Australia. Utilising an all new flap and aileron system in the wings of this model with the servos in the root section of the wing, removing the servos from outer wings and using a mechanical system in the root of the wing for these surfaces, the Egida also uses this system providing all new technology and patented by Muller Models. The Eldorado has a wingspan of 3093 mm, a length of 1672mm an aspect ratio of 18.8, the V tail area of 5.3 dm2 and a flying weight of 1920 grams. The first Eldorado in Australia has been used in testing in the last four months and has proven to be an awesome F3B sailplane with good strength and good flying characteristics and has done well in all competitions entered in Australia and has been well flown by David Pratley who was impressed by the models performance and has imported more Eldorados and they are in stock. The Eldorado has also been released in Europe with many positive reports about this well designed F3B sailplane, look forward to excellent performance if you purchase this molded sailplane from Hyperion Australia.

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Fosa

The Fosa is the latest creation from a long line of champions produced by Jiri Baudis. The Wingspan is 126 in, the Wing Area 843 sq in and the Wing loading 12.63 oz / sq ft. Fosa Length is 60.4 in and Weight 74 oz, the Controls are Ail, Ele, Rud, Flaps. The Fosa is like no other, pushing both the limits of design and construction to a whole new level. It was never thought possible for an F3B/F airframe to have such a high aspect ratio of 18.8 while maintaining stiffness. This new model is revolutionizing the scene by showing us all that the impossible is now possible. Dirk Pflug again designed the new section to obtain the best launching possible, and still retain the slippery characteristics needed for speed. The Fosa has a 2.4 Ghz friendly nose and nosecone, and the wing is equipped with RDS on the control surfaces, making the linkage tight and slop free linkage, with no exposure outside of the wing with no drag! The wing connects to the fuselage with two large joiners and the wing also has ribs for additional torsional stiffness. The Fosa comes complete with RDS linkage, wiring harness, wing bags, 2 ballast sets both wing and fuselage. The Fosa was used by Steve Keep in the recent F3B World Championships and South African Craig Goodrum also used this model in the 2011 F3B World Championships. You will achieve well in competition with the Fosa F3B.



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F3B Crossfire 2

The new F3B Crossfire-2 has a wing span of 2970 mm, a wing area of 58.22dm2, an Aspect Ratio of 15.15 and a V-Tail Area of 5.58dm2 and the fuselage length of 1515mm In regards to the design our experience came from our previous designs such as TOOL (Stratair) and TARGET (airsport products), a new feature on Aer-O-Tec gliders is a slip-off nose cone and proven details such as 2-piece wing and v-tail or carbon joiner and ballast-system were still evident on this new high performance F3B-competition glider. F3B versions come with complete hardware package ( small parts, ballast, wing bags...) and RDS - preperation . Wings are double carbon up to aileron servo box and single carbon for wing tips. Fuselage comes with ready installed v-tail linkage and tow-hook with 2.4 ready nose and carbon tail boom. Based on the experience from our successful Crossfire eVo and world Championship winning Crossfire F3B we proudly present the new CROSSFIRE-2.

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Tracer F3B

The Tracer has a 2,4 GHz friendly fuselage and is made of carbon/Kevlar/epoxy and has a fully moulded 2 piece carbon composite wing and 2 part moulded detachable V-tail. Linkage for V-tail comes already installed in the fuselage. Ballast tubes in the wing. Model is suitable for experienced modelers and competitors. The kit is supplied with a fully molded CF composite wing panels and a fully molded CF composite tail. RC functions, V-tail , Ailerons, Flaps. The Tracer is a high performance F3B Glider. The wing span is 3000 mm the Fuselage length is1500 mm and the wing area: 60 dm² . This model features the NAN F3B special airfoil and the flying weight is from 2200 g. This model is extremely well priced, another supurb model from David Pratley at Airstrike.

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Crossfire F3B

The Crossfire world championship winning sailplane is now available from Airstrike Australia. The wing span is 3100mm. It has a wing area of 59 ,5 8 dm² and the average the chord 19 2,2 mm. The aspect ratio is 16 ,13. V-tail area is 5,7 dm². Fuselage length is 14 60 mm and the model utilises the wing airfoil, M17 83. The elevator airfoil is a symmetrical 8% section. The Crossfire has proven F3B performance and from all accounts is an excellent sailplane. As mentioned previously this sailplane has already won an F3B world championship and if you wish to be one of the first people with a Crossfire contact David Pratley at Airstrike and get yourself on the order list.

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Ceres F3B

The Ceres F3B model is one of the new models with a low camber, narrow wingsection optimized for the F3B speed task. It has a wingspan of 3050 mm, wing area of 59,4dm2 and an aspect ratio of 15,66. This model uses the DP wing section for the V-Tail and wing, V-tail span is 586mm, a V-tail area of 5,64dm2 and the V-tail aspect ratio is 6,1. The sailplanes weight is 2100gm without ballast complete, maximum weight with ballast is 3600gm. The wings spar uses a Kevlar, honeycomb/ carbon sandwich. The fuselage tow hook is installed. This competition sailplane is 2.4 Ghz ready, and is provided with a 2.4 Ghz fuselage. Legendary US soaring champion Joe Wurts flew this model in the Friday F3B trials at Jerilderie 2008, and flew a low 15 second speed run. Watching this model fly with Joe Wurts at the controls proved this model to be world class and look forward to supurb F3B action with this new style F3B sailplane.

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Tool F3B

The Tool is a new F3B model distributed by the Airstrike company. Designed by European soaring champion Stefan Eder and Max Stiedle this F3b model promises excellent performance and is one of the new F3b models utilising low camber narrow wing sections for the F3B speed task, this model is optimised for the speed task. The models wingspan is 3060mm it has a wing area of 59,9 dm2 and flying weight without ballast is 2100gm. The model utilises h,s,qr,and wk wingsections and features the following controls aileron, flap, rudder and elevator and utiles a V-tail. Expect big things from this new style F3B model.

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Evolution F3B

The Evolution is a new F3b model brought to Australia by Model Flight and distributed by Model Flight and the Airstrike company.The wing of the model has a slight V form. The surfaces are moved using a torsion control. Ballast is placed in the wings. The standard version is a wing sandwich made of carbon fibre, Rohacel and glass fibre. The spar of the wing is made of UMS carbon. This sailplane has a length 1490 mm, a wingspan of 3130mm and a wing a area of 59,58 dm2. The airfoil used is the M1580 and m1585, MO8. This is one of the new models with a low camber , narrow wing section optimised for the speed task in F3B competition. The weight of the Evolution is 2150g and the fuselage is made from carbon/glass construction. Look forward to supurb F3B performance from this model.

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Espada RX

The Espada RX was definitely the best performing Jaro Muller model with wingspan of 3.242 meters, the wingsection was the HN-785JM a Norbert Hayes wingsection and a wing area of 62.7 dm2. The Espada has a dry weight without ballast of 2050g. During the rounds that I watched this model had a very broad speed range, launched exceptionally well and definitely stood out as a fine performing thermal competition sailplane. This model is exceptionally strong and stiff, a Victorian competitor launched this model higher than I had ever seen previously in winds of around 15 knots. There has been a rush in Victoria to change over to the Espada with many models on back order, both this version and the larger 3.7 meter models for light air, with many competition models being sold to sponsor this change.

Espada

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Europhia 2

Another model that performed exceptionally well was the Europhia 2. This model was designed by Martin Weberschock a long time inovator in F3B model design and I believe this model would make an exceptional heavy weather thermal model, and for F3B, I believe this model would excel in the speed task when fully ballasted. The model has span of 3.188 meters, the wingsection satrts at the root with Estrella section the MW3 and transition's to the new MW4 section. The wing area is 52.4 dm2, and the models dry weight without ballast is 2400g. This models weight is up slightly compared to other models but the design intention for this model is for f3b and having to use the one model in all events with varying wing speed, more carbon has gone into the wings on this model. This model launched well, was very stiff and strong and covered ground very well when hunting thermals. The model uses a cross tail and looked to be a fine competion model. I believe this model would perform best in thermal comps in winds over fifteen knots as a heavy weather model, and would go well with a 3.7 meter Espada or the Shadow for light weather. The Europhia 2 is also very well priced when compared to the cheaper models from less known suppliers.

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Estrella

Finally the Fischer Estrella is available in Australia, these models have been notoriously hard to purchase and currently there is 18 month waiting list, however the Estrella is difficult to beat as an F3B model. It is a very well optimised design that has stood the test of time, these models have been, and still are very popular because of the fine performance that they offer; explaining the long waiting time. When you order you will be given a fairly accurate time of delivery and will not be dissapointed when they arrive, these models are an awesome all rounder and if you want a design that performs well in thermal comps and F3B you cant go wrong with the Estrella. There is alot of information on the net about how to set these model up and there is very positive reviews from those that fly this model in competition. Fischer also distribute really good winch line, the 1.1 and 1.2 ml lines are supurb with good stretch and excellent reliability, these lines are really up there with the best for competition line. If you are intersted in any of these model's or products they can be found at www.airstrike.com.au.

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