I still remember when, as a kid, my brother's friends would take me to the athletic fields of the local college to fly gas-powered model airplanes. These airplanes were the control-line type. They would fly around you while you spun with your arms outstretched like a dancer without a partner. I remember I was a little afraid of the noise and the spinning propeller, so I did more ground support than flying! However, every time I walk by a hobby shop and take a whiff of that characteristic nitro-and-oil smell, it takes me back to those days. The good ol' days!
Those days are gone forever! I haven't seen a control-line model in decades. Radio control is here to stay. Today, it's virtually impossible to imagine any of the modern hobbies as they were before R/C. The same is true of model rocketry. The day will come when it will be hard to imagine a time when rocketeers cast their hard labors free to drift as they might.
That day has come! Behold the ARCIE II by Edmonds Aerospace! The ARCIE II is a rocket powered boost-glider, bearing Rob Edmonds' signature jigsaw puzzle construction and a pre-shaped balsa wing.
Boost Gliders (BG’s) are a combination of a rocket and a glider. On the way up, there is a booster rocket that actually hauls up the glider structure. This booster rocket separates from the glider at ejection and returns to Earth using a streamer or parachute to slow its descent. At ejection, the glider begins its majestic return back to earth using aerodynamic lifting forces to make it slowly glide down. This mid-flight separation is the main characteristic that distinguishes the boost gliders from the rocket gliders (RG’s). For fine examples of RG’s, see the Cici and the ECEE Thunder models, also from Edmonds.
The distinguising factor between the ARCIE II and other boost gliders is that, on the way down, the hobbyist retains the management of the aircraft via radio control.
The apogee and ejection may be a little scary, but soon afterwards the glider settles into a flat trajectory, allowing you to take over. That is when the real fun begins! You can do circles around the launch pad or, for more experienced pilots, figure 8's and other aerobatics! You can expect glide times of 2 minutes or more on a D12 engine.
The model comes complete with booster pod, glider, Hitec 3 channel FM transmitter with rechargeable battery pack, Hitec Feather receiver (w/ matching crystal), rechargeable battery pack (for receiver), 1 servo and a battery charger that works for both battery packs.
Requires 3/16" diameter launch rod (sold separately).
Skill Level: 3
Length: 21.25 in.
Wingspan: 18 in.
Equipment Fairing Diameter: 0.98 in.
-- Glider, raw parts: 2.3 oz (approx)
-- Glider, built, w/ RC gear: 3.5 oz (approx)
-- Booster + Glider (w/ RC gear, no engine): 5 oz (approx)
Recommended Engines: C11-3, D12-3 and E9-4
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