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Old 11-20-2012, 10:34 PM   #1
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Default Whats the brand of ww2 fighters that glide the best?

I am looking for a ww2 fighter that glides really well. Any airfoil is fine. I used to have a freeflight one but is was only 17" wing.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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That's a pretty unusual request. WWII fighter planes in general don't make great gliders, they were never designed for gliding. As a general rule if you want them to have a decent glide then keeping the model light is the most effective option.


Having said that, the WWII fighter that potentially should make just about the best glider (relative to other WWII fighters) is the Focke Wulf Ta152. This plane was designed to fly at very high altitude so had long sailplane like wings which should make it glide quite well, providing it's built light.

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Old 11-25-2012, 07:20 PM   #3
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You need to be more specific about what you want. If you are a beginning flyer and want to "ease into' flying warbirds, I'd recommend one of the foamy T-28's after flying a low wing model on a simulator and get instruction using a buddy box and qualified instructor. Even better, master flying a high wing tail dragger first and graduate to an easy to fly low wing foamy like the T-28.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:10 PM   #4
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+1 on the PZ T-28. It glides fine. Usually, I'm trying to tone down the gliding.

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:21 PM   #5
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The T-28 isn't a WWII fighter. In fact it fails on both counts, it didn't fly in WWII AND it's not a fighter
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:40 PM   #6
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Jet,

I disagree slightly. No, it wasn't produced until 1949 but it did spend some time in Vietnam, so it still can be classified as warbird:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_T-28_Trojan

Okay, mainly used as a trainer but it did spend some time in harms way.

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:49 PM   #7
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I guess a 'warbird', taking the name literally, is any plane that flew in any theatre of war, so yeah, it's a 'warbird'. But the OP's request was for a WWII fighter so I'm not sure on what count you could disagree
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Agreed Jet, sorry.. Clearly not WW-II vintage. It seems the T-28 in the RC World gets thrown in this category. The Chinese marketeers don't care. Throw some armament on her and she could play the part.

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Originally Posted by JetPlaneFlyer View Post
That's a pretty unusual request. WWII fighter planes in general don't make great gliders, they were never designed for gliding. As a general rule if you want them to have a decent glide then keeping the model light is the most effective option.


Having said that, the WWII fighter that potentially should make just about the best glider (relative to other WWII fighters) is the Focke Wulf Ta152. This plane was designed to fly at very high altitude so had long sailplane like wings which should make it glide quite well, providing it's built light.

On that note the Alfas glide really well, as they are constructed from lightweight depron. Their FW190D is similar to a TA152.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:23 AM   #10
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My PZ Corsair (Version 1) can fly at a crawl, and it has the weight of added retracts. I darn near hover it at altitude into the wind. Don't know how their new version behaves.
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Originally Posted by JetPlaneFlyer View Post
That's a pretty unusual request. WWII fighter planes in general don't make great gliders, they were never designed for gliding. As a general rule if you want them to have a decent glide then keeping the model light is the most effective option.


Having said that, the WWII fighter that potentially should make just about the best glider (relative to other WWII fighters) is the Focke Wulf Ta152. This plane was designed to fly at very high altitude so had long sailplane like wings which should make it glide quite well, providing it's built light.

Awesome.This is nice model which you show.I like this model. my brother fly F/A-18E 64mm Tiger PNP Version EDF RC Jet.The F/A-18 known as the Hornet is a supersonic, all-weather, carrier-capable, multirole fighter jet.
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Originally Posted by JetPlaneFlyer View Post
...the WWII fighter that potentially should make just about the best glider (relative to other WWII fighters) is the Focke Wulf Ta152....
JetPlaneFlyer do you have any more info or specs on that plane? Is that a scratch built? Sure is beautiful.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:52 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Turner View Post
JetPlaneFlyer do you have any more info or specs on that plane? Is that a scratch built? Sure is beautiful.
I think the model comes from this kit: http://mcmodels.free.fr/TA_152_model.html

I do also have a couple of old balsa plans for the Ta152 in my plan stash... find attached.


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Interesting kit but far too rich for my budget.

Thanks for the plans. May consider building something like this someday. I've always thought the 190 was one of the most beautiful single engine planes.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:18 PM   #15
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So the op never came back with any feedback. I wonder what he's planning on doing with a good gliding WWII fighter? Slope soar? Just looking for some trivia? ??
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