21-Apr-14 - 01:51 AM

Recommended Sailplanes - F3J

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.

Egida F3J

The EGIDA is the latest design from Jaro Muller. He designed the EGIDA to incorporate the successes of his past designs, while developing a model to take advantage of the latest material enhancements. Jaro successfully made the EGIDA 63 ounces full strength with better handling than the RL, a better hang rate than the competition, and legs and L/D like the Satori. In our opinion the EGIDA is Jaro's greatest design to date.The EGIDA handling is much improved over the RL, the EGIDA is very easy to fly and while in a turn it required very little rudder, and can completely be flown with the right stick. This is because of the extra dihedral built into the tips. This creates a very user friendly model, and allows you to focus on the air more than flying the plane. The aileron area is also increased and they are extended all to the tip allowing for a less drag in a turn and increased roll rate. The most surprising part of the design was the effectiveness of the V-tail. Jaro put a very large V-tail on the EGIDA.and in the past V-tails where undersized and had some nasty characteristics like snapping and bad landing control. We were pleased to find that the EGIDA did not have any of the bad habits. The V-tail actually had more landing control at slow speeds than the X-tail Espada RL with big stabs. Also during tests we tried to snap the model and giving the model full up in a turn did not snap it, and also full up and full rudder did not snap the model. The EGIDA is a very stable platform, it grooves and locks into a thermal turn very well. The flap size was also increased compared to the RL. This allows for very slow landings and steep approaches. The big difference that we saw with the larger flaps was when a thermal came through on landing. In that condition the pilot needs to dive to stay at the same altitude, but with other models this greatly increases the approach speed.

Available from:


Available from:


Available from:


Vixen F3J

The Vixen was designed by Daryl Perkins as a no compromise F3J model. Everything about the Vixen was well thought out for the task. It was designed to be easy to build light, and to keep the weight out of the extremities - note the V-Tail and two piece wing. There is no joiner box structure or joiner weight at half span which reduces weight out at the tips. The section choices are designed to have a wide speed range, pull hard on tow, and slow down well for a slow controlled approach. Many of you will question the six servo wing - it must be flown to be believed! The control surfaces are quite short, enabling the use of very small and light servos and less prone to twist or flutter. The largest benefits here are in the landing circle and the ability to slow down, controllably, and work the clock for that last 10th of a second. F3J contests are won on tow, and in the LZ. The Vixen is optimized for both." "The Vixen was designed by Daryl Perkins as a no compromise F3J model. Everything about the Vixen was well thought out for the task. It was designed to be easy to build light, and to keep the weight out of the extremities - note the V-Tail and two piece wing..”

Available from


Available from:


Available from:


Pike Perfection F3j

Perfection in name and design, the Pike Perfection from Samba Model is a superb glider. This F3J RC glider is built upon the foundation of Sama's Perfect and Perfect ET gliders, with the new platform giving you better penetration and tighter circles. The Pike Perfection has a new tail to give you extreme power in the elevator, with even harder pings off launch and precise turnovers to hit those vital landing points. The lower-positioned nose helps in the landings. The new shape and airfoils of the tail, combined with a better cross section of the fuse, gives you better strength, lower drag and better penetration. Thanks to the new platform, the fuses and wings are lighter and the new materials in the skin ensure that the weight comes down and centres in the model. This gives you improved circling; especially at low speeds. Together with ailerons at the end of the tip, Samba Model have created a more agile model.The moulds are completely new and Samba Model have used new building techniques that were not possible with their older moulds. This ensures that the Pike Perfection is not only lighter and stronger, but also has a better finish. The stiffness and resistance of its parts are stronger, thanks to the new materials and high-pressure production technology. Full carbon material is used in the wing, fuselage, rudder and elevator. This is consistent across all versions of the Pike Perfection.

Available from


Available from:


Available from:


Maxa 4 EL Long Tail

Maxa EL 4m Long – the newest version with wingspan 3.925m.The main advantage of long booms is to improve longitudinal stability of the model.Hypersensitivity to flows, improved handling model, especially on small landing speeds (this also make more accurate landing), will allow you to fully realize themselves, and enjoy the flight.The use of our proprietary, made in-house, high strength Spread Tow carbon laminates resulted in a glider with world lowest wing loading.Wide selection of colors allows you to customize your model to reflect your unique style.You can select the version, which best fits your needs, using the following table.The ability to make a more accurate landing, will allow you to fully realize themselves, and enjoy the flight. The use of our proprietary, made in-house, high strength Spread Tow carbon laminates resulted in a glider with world lowest wing loading.Wide selection of colors allows you to customize your model to reflect your unique style. You can select the version!!!

Available from:


Available from:


Available from:


Maxa 3.5

Maxa is a combination of ultra-modern aerodynamic design by Joe Wurts and optimal structure from Vladimir’s Model. The design satisfied four main goals. The soaring duration was increased by new aerodynamic solutions from Joe Wurts and reduced weight of the new structure from Vladimir’s Model. The landing accuracy is improved by reducing the plane inertia, increasing the efficiency of the control surfaces at very low landing speeds, and the shape of the pod, which stops the plane as soon as the nose touches the ground. High speed dynamic launches are greatly improved due to low drag of the wing and other part of the plane as well as by the increased stiffness, which is especially important at high speeds of the launch. Penetration, the ability of the glider to return from distant thermals without loosing much altitude, is improved by the exceptional aerodynamic properties of the new model.Maxa 3.5 is the universal soaring leader for any weather.This glider takes advantage of even the weakest morning thermals, thanks to its light weight. High structural stiffness and novel aerodynamics allow ???? 3.5 to easily climb and return from distant thermals even in the windy weather.Efficient wing mechanization permits accurate control of the flight speed not only on landing, but also during the search for thermals.Increased area of the light horizontal stabilizer improves the control and guarantees “bull eye” landings.

Available from:


Available from:


Available from:


Explorer 2

If you want the best F3J model, look no further, the Explorer2. It has a Wing Span of 3800mm a Fuselage Length of 1630mm and a Wing Area:81.5 dm. The Airfoil is the NAN-F3J and the model has a Tail Area of 8.8dm Flying Weight of the model is from 1950g. This is the latest update of the Nan Models Explorer and with a very light weight is a fine addition to the Nan Models range of High Performance sailplanes and competition models, this model is available now and in the country from Airstrike/ Hyperion Australia.

Available from:


Available from:


Orca 3.390

The smaller Orca, this version would make an excellent heavy weather F3J model in full carbon, and could be combined with its larger counterpart to cover all conditions. The wingspan is 3390mm, it has a wingarea of 69,2 dm2 and the average chord is 204,2 mm and has an aspect ratio of 16,6. Weight is from 1940gm in light weight versions and can also be ordered in full carbon layup. The airfoil is the M2385t and is available in cross tail and Vtail versions. Combined with a larger model the Orca would make an excellent heavy weather F3J sailplane and the design utilises modern f3j design trends and promises excelllent performance. Contact David Pratley at Airstrike for more information on this well desinged thermal duration sailplane. I really like the look of this model it is supurb!

Available from:


Orca 3.63

The Orca 3.63 is a new F3J sailplane brought to Australia by Airstrike. The wingspan is 3630mm, has a wing area of 72,28 dm2 and an average chord of 199,1 mm. The Orca's aspect ratio is 18,2 and weight starts at 1960gm complete. The Orca can be ordered in cross tail and aso availble with a V-tail. The wing airfoil is the M2385t and Vtail is symetrical 8%. This is an excellent F3J model utilising current trends and will be a fine, efficient modern F3J sailplane for Australian conditions. Look forward to supurb F3J action from this well designed sailplane.

Available from:


Tragi 801X Cluster

The newest member of the Tragi family, T801X "Cluster", is a high performance F3J thermal duration glider. It has been designed to achieve minimal sinking rate and maximum gliding rate at a remarkably wide range of speeds whilst keeping a low wing loading.The design of the 801X "Cluster" took off from the feedback and experience from competition pilots from many different countries. This information was then combined with full utilisation of state-of-the-art computer modelling and simulation. We have used up-to-date materials and technologies to produce this solid and stiff plane at a minimal weight.The wings of the 801X "Cluster" have a set of six new optimised HX 29 airfoils. As a special design feature, the airfoil has a wide peak, making it efficient at a wide range of speeds. The wing load of 26-27 gr/dm2, stall proof geometry, HX 29 airfoil and the efficient rudder makes the plane indicate thermals very clearly and execute slow flat thermal turns really well. The flaps are really effective as s proven during testing, it is a light, fast-launching, well-orbiting and thermal sensitive plane. In short - the top performance of this plane has been successfully combined with the utmost user friendliness.The Tragi 801X "Cluster" is offered as a complete set, containing all the necessary prefabricated parts including ballast and wiring loom. Radio equipment must be obtained separately.

Available from

Satori F3J

The Satori is a new F3J model brought to Australia by Airstrike Australia. This sailplane has a 3-piece wing, 3.6 m span and a crosstail; with Carbon technology and optimized airfoils. The fuselage is 2.4 ghz friendly and pre-installed tow-hook, pre-installed cables and connectors, pre-installed horns for aileron and flaps and ball-bearing for elevator joiner. Lite version or Carbon version available and also a sleek Cross-tail fuselage. Flying weight starts at 1950g. Look forward to supurb F3J action from this model and further information available from Airstrike Australia.

Available from:


Xplorer F3J 3.7 meter update

The Xplorer 3.7 is a completely new design from manufacturers NAN Model based on the 3.5 meter Xplorer, the changes are to the wing tips and tailplane. If you own an Xplorer 3.5 you can purchase the wing tips and tailplane separately and change the span of your model to the new size. The F3J World Championships already prove this model is currently the best you can buy. If you want to be one first to purchase this model please contact Airstrike Australia and place yourself on the order list. The model will be available in V or X tail versions. The Explorer has a wingspan of 3700mm, a length of 1630mm and a larger wing area. The model features the NAN - F3J wingsection and the models flying weight is 2100 gm complete. Airstrike is the sole distributor of models from the NAN company and expect good thermal performance from this F3j World Championship winning design.

Available from:

Supra PRO F3J

The Supra PRO is an all new F3J competition model brought to Australia by the Airstrike Company. The Supra Pro has a wingspan of 3400ml the model uses the AG 43 wing section and is available in lightweight or full carbon version for heavier weather conditions. The dry weight of the lightweight version is 1400g, however I recommend the carbon version for Australian conditions. The Supra Pro is the latest Supra model, there has been other versions and this model has evolved into this design so expect excellent performance from this model. This model has been optimised for the new landing rules in F3J competition and the other Supra designs have been campaigned by many competitors and have achieved good results world wide. These sailplanes have landed they are available with different options from the supplier, Airstrike Australia.

Available from:

Xplorer F3J

The Xplorer is a completely new design from manufacturers NAN Model. The plane was pre released to a few of the best F3J pilots in the world and early results winning Eurotour contest's and The F3J World Championships already prove this model is currently the best you can buy. If you want to be one first to purchase this model please contact us and place yourself on the order list. The model will be available in V or X tail versions.The Explorer has a wingspan of 3500mm, a length of 1630mm and a wing area of 75.85dm2. The model features the NAN - F3J wingsection and the models flying weight is between 1850 - 2050. Airstrike is the sole distributor of models from the NAN company and expect good thermal performance from this F3j World Championship winning design.

Available from:

Supra F3J

The Supra is an F3J model brought to Australia by the Airstrike company. It was flown at Jerilderie 2008 by soaring champion Joe Wurts and he achieved third place at the event with the Supra. This model was also campaigned by USA soaring champion Daryl Perkins at the 2008 F3J World Championships. It has a wingspan of 3400mm, a wing area of 68,87 dm2 and the wing airfoil is the AG40 and AG43. The model has a built in ballast tube for windy weather and is available in full carbon and other versions. Overall a supurb F3J model with proven competition winning performance, available from Airstrike Australia.

Available from:

Pike Perfect

The Pike Perfect was used by David Hobby in 2 f3J world championships with one victory and made the flyoff in the second event using this model. The wingspan on this model is 3550 mm and it has alength of 1625mm. The Pike Perfect has a wing area of 74,93 dm and a tailplane area of 7,81dm.The models aspect ratio is 16,81. This model was designed to be an allrounder, equally at home in windy conditions and calm air. It utilises the following wingsections, PK-91A,PK 91B, PK92, PK93. The tailplane section's are the HT 14 and HT 13. The models weight varies from 2050gm to 2300gm depending on the layup, I reccomend the full carbon version for Australian conditions. Overall an excellent performing F3J model.

Available from:

Available from

Pike Superior

The Pike Superior was used by David Hobby to win the F3J world championships. It has a wingspan of 3300mm and a wing area of 66.5 dm2. The wingsection used on this model is the supurb HQ/W 2,5/8 and the camber and thickness is gradually changed to the end of the wing. The weight of the model is 2180 gm. It has a ballast tube that can carry 1000gm and has a three piece wing. The Pike Superior is available with a cross tail or V-Tail. When purchasing this model I recommend the full carbon version for Australian conditions. This model is reknowned world wide as one of the best F3J/ Thermal competion models. Watching this model at Jerilderie it launched magnificently, thermalled surpurbly and is definitely worth considering for Australian conditions. If you purchase this model you will be surprised at the ease of flying this model, it has excellent handling characteristics. Overall one of the best thermal models ever produced.

Available from

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.

Available from:

Espada RLX

The Espada RLX is a new model that I mentioned in RCMN as having what looked to be an exceptional design for F3J and as a light weather competition model. Watching this model perform at Jerilderie it showed exceptional performance, it launched well, thermalled superbly and has a very light weight for it size. The models wingspan is 3700mm it has a length of 1615 mm and the f3J version weighs 1950gm complete. The wing section used is the HN785JM and it has a wing area of 70,1 dm2, the elevator section is a symmetrical 9% section and the elevator area is 6,0 dm2, construction of the model is fully molded. In the last F3J world championships a junior U.S competitor achieved second place with this model. Overall this model is an excellent model for F3J and is way strong enough to take punishing launches up to 15 knots. I recommend to change to the smaller model in higher wind speeds. This model is a fine performer and if you are interested in an outstanding f3j/ light weather thermal model you will not be disappointed with the Espada RLX and this model combined with the smaller Espada make a formidable team. An Australian team member will be using this model in the next F3J World Championships.

Available from:

Shadow F3J

The Shadow provided exceptional performance in a well priced model suitable for F3J and as a light weather thermal model for general thermal competition. It has a wingspan 3.654 meters the wing section used HN507m1 from Norbert Hayes and has wing are 73 dm2. The fuselage is carbon/kevlar layup that will take punishing spot landings with ease. Watching this model, it pulled well on launch and was way strong enough to take punishing launches in winds up to 15knots. The model tracked well and with a weight aroung 2kg is light for its size and excellent value. The model has a number of time saving building jobs already complete and is good performing light weather competition model.

Available from:

Click on any banner ad to transfer to the website