29-Jun-22 - 10:17 AM

Recommended Sailplanes - F3H

Written by Hayden Daley - 14 October, 2021.
Available from:


Antares 6.6

Our friends at Baudis Model may have finally out done themselves! Jiri is known for his incredible quality and technical innovation, and this model shows why Baudis Model is one of the top manufacturers in the world.

The new Antares sports a massive 6.6M double carbon wing. Using their many years of experience producing the best F3B models, Baudis was prepared to push the envelope and design the most efficient model possible. The thickness of the airfoil demands a wing that is 99% carbon, and only 1% filler! CNC molds are used throughout, to ensure consistent airfoil replication. Even the spar has been CNC milled! Now we know why the Antares won the first GPS Triangle competition Jiri entered with it!
The Antares has an incredible level of pre-fab.

The cockpit is complete (gauges, seat, seat belts, etc..), canopy mounted, landing wheel mounted, even the tow release is already installed and ready to go. The wing already has 4 servos with RDS already setup and ready to plugin! Don't forget the included ballast system, all radio cables, wing bags, and servo frames are also included! The only thing Baudis didn't include is a cup of espresso so you can stay up all night staring at your new ship!
When it comes to top quality, you already know who Baudis is, and what they can do. This model represents the best effort from Baudis. If you are serious about GPS Triangle Racing, this is the ship for you. No holds barred, flat out performance from the best manufacturer. It really doesn't get any better than this.

Available from:

ASW 22

The full scale ASW-22 is simply one of the most successful open class sailplanes of all time. Magnificent performance combined with ease of handling makes it a reasonable choice for pilots of any experience levels. The ASW-22 has won almost every world championship since it’s introduction. It won four world championships, more than any other single open class design. It is interesting that this was the first in a very successful string of AS ships which use a higher aspect ratio and thus higher wing loading than other open class sailplanes.

We are proud to bring you this extremely impressive (AND BIG!!) model in 1/3 scale, spanning 7.3 meters (8.8 with extended wing tip!), all molded of exceptional quality and extra strong.

We offer two layups: Standard and special GPS Triangle competition lay-up-- both are glass smooth! For GPS Triangle competition, either layup can be used effectively, but they differ.

The advantage of the special GPS layup is a lower wing loading in poor conditions and lighter peripherals (lighter wingtips and tail) giving it better agillity and better reaction to thermals. If there is a disadvantage, it could be lower flight speed limit, however, for the speeds needed for GPS racing, it has some reserve. The longer wing tips could be used with GPS version, only for easy thermal flying, but acrobatics are NOT recommended. To maintain good stiffness, UMS carbon is used for the wingspar and HM carbon for the wing’s surface.

Using the manufacturer's flying and building experiences with top F3B models, the airfoil of this new ASW 22 is very thin, but very stiff and strong, as there is more than 99% carbon in the wing.

The level of pre-fabrication in this model is very high. The basic cockpit is complete, canopy is mounted, landing wheel is mounted, the tow release is installed. All control cables and servo frames are included.

Wings come with custom-designed LDS linkage ready to install. We can add a factory LDS install if you wish! This LDS linkage is very strong and accurate with double LDS rods. It is ready for your wing servos: MKS HBL6625 (for ailerons) and MKS HV747 (for flaps). Servos can be easily inserted into the provided servo frame. No wiring harnesses are supplied.

This model is not equipped with airbrakes. The Standard version has no ballast system. The GPS version has ballast system in the wings.

The elevator is prepared for LDS with 2 x MKS HBL6625 servos.

Aero towing a large sailplane like this is a simply majestic. There is nothing closer to the real thing. It is very mild mannered on tow, and once off the line has the wings to stay up all day long. The silky smooth response and feeling is one of a kind. Don’t be afraid to take it to a big slope either! This ship can fly and stay up in light conditions.

Approx. flying weights :
Standard layup 39.68 pounds (18000g)
GPS Triangle competition version with HM spreadtow ... approx. 33~35.25 pounds (15000-16000g)

Technical data
Category GPS Triangle
Wingspan 7333 & 8860mm (24 & 29 feet)
Wing area 196.4 & 188dm
Weight 15000-19500g
Length 2750mm
Construction: Baudis Jiri
Airfoil Dirk Pflug

Available from:

Diana 2

History: The SZD-56 Diana was a 15-meter class glider originally designed by Bogumi? Bere? at PZL-Bielsko, but put into production by Diana Sailplanes which developed the design further and called it the Diana 2. By 2011, the aircraft was being produced by Design Office Bogumil Beres and first flown on 12 January 2005. The Diana 2 is simply the latest in a long series of outstanding Polish sailplane designs.
The Model: Diana 2 is a scale model of this popular sailplane. It has been designed for GPS-triangle competition with the latest technology for aerodynamic performance and for structural stiffness and strength. Diana 2 is made using 100% molded technology.

Of course, Diana 2 can be flown as a sport sloper or thermal soaring model, but it excells in a high performance envelope. Diana 2 uses an airfoil profile often used in F3B competition models. Thus, you will be able to fly slowly in thermals, rapidly in speed runs, and a good glide ratio for distance flying. This broad speed range allows you to be competitive in GPS-triangle events. Diana 2 handles beautifully while circling in thermals and is very gentle on final approach and landing.
Diana 2 is recommended for pilots who want to enter GPS-triangle competition but don’t want to spend "too much" money on a 7-meter glider.
The price includes: protective wing bags for wings, rudder and elevator; all accessories for completing the model (LDS sets, linkage, wirings, servo frames, clevis, connector, etc.); the basic cockpit is finished (instrument panel and seat).
Approximate flying weights:
Without retractable landing gear:

Standard: 8050 grams (17.75 lbs)
GPS: 6850 grams (15.1 lbs)
With retractable landing gear:
Standard: 8500 grams (18.74 lbs)
GPS: 7300 grams (16.1 lbs)
*These are approximate flying weights. Depends on used components (servos, motor), way of building, etc.
*It is estimation of the final weight based on our best experience.
Not included are: retractable landing gear; RC equipment (servos, receiver, etc.).

Required are:
For wings: 6 servos (3 servos for each wing) - MKS HV6130 - for wings (with LDS)
For elevator: 2 servos MKS HV6110 (with LDS)
For rudder: 1 servo MKS HV6130H
For retracts: 1 servo Hitec 7955TG

Available from:

Skywalker 5 meter F3H

The Skywalker XL, Electric is a five-meter high performance "big brother" to the Skywalker (3.8m). A one-meter center section added to the wing accomplishes this modification. It also features a new molded C/F fuselage. The Skywalker XL was developed primarily to meet the specifications and class performance needs of Sport Class GPS Triangle racing, an electric power event. However, it comes from the Czech factory with a sailplane nose. Stock from the box, it is a high performance, unlimited class AMA thermal duration or F3J sailplane.
Soaring USA carries two versions of the Skywalker XL:
Carbon Strong (best for Sport Electric or GPS):

  • Skin Laminates: 50g glass / 160g carbon / herex / 50g glass

  • Spar: herex / carboncomposite

  • Weight 6700g

Double Carbon Light:

  • Skin laminates: 25g glass / 80g carbon / herex / 80g carbon

  • Spar: kevlar honeycomb / carbon composite

  • Weight 6500g

Both versions have a built-in ballast chamber in wing center section.
The tail requires two micro servos. The wing requires a total of 8 micro servos (4 per side). All control surfaces are actuated by LDS (linear drive system) except the rudder which is actuated by RDS (radial drive system).

Recommended flap servo: (2) MKS HV6130

Recommended aileron servo: (2) MKS HV6110

A good E set up would be:
Recommended Motor: Neu 1512/1.5D/6.7
Recommended ESC: Castle Edge lite 200A
Recommended Prop: RFM 20x13
Recommended Battery: Thunder Power 65C Lipo 3300-4S
Recommended Battery: Thunder Power 65C Lipo 3300-5S

Click on any banner ad to transfer to the website




Soaring

Direct from the Australian Soaring Scene