document updated 19 years ago, on Aug 8, 2003
pictures: one, two
They use nifty radio and servo gear
world record: 36 hours aloft, powered only by two LiMnO2 13 Ah cells
Estimated beginner glider cost
$50-75 for a 2-meter body kit
$120 for a transmitter, receiver, and servos
$20 for wing covering
(confirmed: this guy suggests it's $200 - $250 for a beginner plane)
This says that wood planes take about a month of nights/weekends to construct.
And that foamies don't take nearly as long. Foamie it is then!
Cheap triangle/elevon bodies
RC Glider simulators
SOAR (Silent Order of Aeromodeling by Radio) Chicago
Sod Farm in Plainfield,IL [map]