A short time ago I posted a thread (Getting Started in E-P Gliders)
here with suggestions and links for ARF "Starter" powered gliders. A price limit of $100.00 was used to keep it in the "entry" level range.
Now we're going to raise the ante a little, or in some cases, a lot
! The price range you'll find on these links goes from $125.00 to $1100.00. Most of the decent "Speed 400" LMR's ARFs(F5-J)
fall into the $150.00-$400.00 range. The 2 meter and larger powered gliders are generally $400.00 to $800.00 although you will find a few for less.
So what do you get by spending 2,3 or 4 times as much money? Well, the short answer is; More performance, stronger construction and less weight. Partial or complete composite construction. Modern, contest-tested designs, airfoils and planforms. Optional controls like flaps, spoilers, ailerons, spoilerons, flaperons. Super-high-strength wing joiners in 2 or 4 sections. Removeable stabilizers. Much better hardware. A Kia
or a Porsche?
That's between you and your checking account!
A couple of notes before the listing; All of these sites sell Thermal Duration
(TD) gliders as well as E-Powered Gliders.
Most also sell Slope. HLG (Hand Launch), DLG(Discus Launch), F5-B (Hotliners), Pylon Racers
and a few sell Scale
gliders. The link is for the home page; Click on either "Electric Powered" or "F5-J". I don't know of any sites that sell only
Options; Some designs allow the buyer to select different airfoils and wing configurations like flaps, spoilers or either of these combined with ailerons. For "Spot Landing" or "Timed Landing" competition you will find some sort of "spoiler" necessary and they often are the safest way out of strong lift and/or great altitude. Bear in mind your TX will have to have at least 6 channels and mixing capability for this option.
OK, This is not a complete list but it should get you started!
, $200-$400. Niagria Frontier
also sell 7-Cell, F5-B, Cosmotech GB's, NEU Motors
and the highly competitive Poly Pulsar.
for between $200-$700. Plettenburg, Kontronik
carries Sport Electric Gliders
$150-$500, Pylon, F5-B, F5-f
$300-$1100 and F5-J's
for $200-$700. They carry the "Nats" winning (F5-J) Sky Sergio.
http://www.polecataero.com DLG, HLG, 2M TD, Slope
They carry the famous WindDancer F5-J.
has a large line of gliders of all types and prices. F5-J, F5-E, Hotliners, Pylon, DLG, HLG, Slope, TD, Scale.
Carries a complete line of obeechi-covered foam wing models. These have F/G fuselages and sheet balsa tails. TD, 1-1/2 meter, 2 meter, DLG, HLG + E-Powered.
Price range $125-$350.
Site for Charles River
RC Club. Plans, short kits for several of Mark Drela's designs including the Allegro.
The sites listed on "Getting Started..." like Hobby-Lobby.com
also carry some "high-end" gliders as well. Have Fun! after all, "It's only money!"