The irrepressible Cliff Hanger’s very interesting “X-Centric” homebrew testbed, designed to see what influence some large supplemental fins could have for knife edge performance. It’s an idea that many have had, but which few have tested!! Read more in Cliff’s build thread on RCGroups.
The Swinger is the product of two years’ worth of collaboration, development and refinement by some very talented and dedicated pilots from the UK. It began with a pure Depron design and has now evolved into a hotwire cut bagged wing with fiberglass and carbon reinforced fuselage. Obviously the hard work has paid off!! These performances by Steve “Thepastyflyer” (top) and Gary “Hexosex” (bottom) do not disappoint. Good work gents!
Ian Cole of Australia is running the second installment of his International Slope Soaring Contest for Disciplined & Freestyle Slope Aerobatics. Looks very cool! He’s got full instructions on his site concerning the requirements, but the summary is that you submit a couple videos, one of you flying a set of predefined figures, the other with a freestyle routine of your own making. Demonstration video is above. Good luck entrants, and thank you Ian for putting this contest on!
There is an excellent thread on the French forum modelisme.com about the construction of a VTPR glider from scratch. My French is pretty lousy but as I understand, the builder was inspired by the Excalibur, Twister and Sonic to create his own design. He’s just now finished it and we eagerly await reports of its first flights. I believe the plane is to be called the Oxid.