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    Overview
    I have long been a fan of scale sailplane models. I built a fair number of scale model airplanes in my youth, and I currently have a scale sailplane model hanging over my office desk. It is loosely suspended by thread - giving it the freedom to dance and sway - as if ever working to find the core of some great thermal.

    A nice sailplane model, like any work of art, is enjoyable to look at. Sailplanes are certainly elegant and efficient machines. When I look at a sailplane model, I see the lovely long wings, and the purpose built aerodynamically optimized fuselage, but I also see the history of that particular sailplane. Every sailplane type has an interesting history. There was a person, or group of people, or company that put their hearts and minds into the development of that particular sailplane. It may have been the descendent of many, similar (or quite different) sailplanes in a long line of sailplanes. I see all that when I look at a scale model sailplane. I also see the potential for adventures to come. I see the cross-country soaring flights that await me in the future.

    I guess I’m passionate about sailplanes and sailplane models. You will notice that when you visit my Sailplane Models web pages. I have spent a lot of time documenting each model kit. I have photos of the model parts, a scan of every page of the assembly instructions, photos of finished model kits and photos of the full-size sailplanes the model is patterned after. I also provide some historical information about the sailplane type. I also try to add value with model building and terminology tips and links to web sites with tips on building scale models.

    A Great Way to Promote Soaring
    Sailplane models are more than just fun to look at.  Sailplane models can be a great tool for introducing the sport of soaring to others.  Sailplane models look great hanging over or sitting on your desk at work, or sitting in a display counter at the local gliderport.  They are a great way to encourage friends and colleagues to ask you about soaring.  Just think how many more people would ask you about soaring if you had one of these models prominently and proudly displayed!

    They are also great to admire while waiting for your new full-size glider to be delivered, or while waiting for spring as your glider is hibernating in its trailer for the winter.

    Model sailplane kits are also a great way to promote soaring with kids.  Building a model glider is fun and a kid that hangs a glider from his bedroom ceiling is more likely to get into flying gliders in the long run.  Buy one for your kids and grandkids and nephews and nieces - and help them build it.  I sincerely believe that glider model kits are a great way to introduce kids to gliders.

    Not a Model Builder – Not a Problem!
    The model kits on these pages are fun and rewarding to build. But let’s face it; some of us don’t have the time or skills to build a model that we would be proud to display. That is not a problem. You can have a model built for you.

    • Professional Model Builder
      I have established a relationship with a professional model builder. He can build any of the kits on these pages for you for about $300. I’ll send the model kit directly to him and he’ll build it and send it to you. The finished product will look fantastic. There will soon be links to examples of his work here. He has built several models for me that are proudly displayed in my office. Let me know if you are interested in this service.
    • HPH Models
      HPH builds scale models of just about any aircraft. You can expect to pay between $600 and $1200 for a detailed scale model of your sailplane. They are worth every penny. You can see details and photos on the HPH page.

    Scale Model Kits
    Overview
    This web site is targeted at pilots of full-sized gliders - it is not a hobby shop.  I'm not an expert model builder.  However, many pilots of full-size gliders are also builders of model gliders.  The page is a collection of some very nice, scale plastic and resin models of gliders from around the world.  It has been fun hunting them down, collecting and documenting them.  They are delivered as unassembled kits which require assembly, gluing, and painting.  They make excellent display models or as training aids for showing new pilots the parts of a sailplane or for "flying" the model (in your hand) through a maneuver that will later be done in the air.  Another great idea is to display the completed model on your desk at work as a way to invite questions about soaring.  I have a few nice models hanging over the desk in my office. 

    Give a Glider Model Kit to a Kid
    I am a firm believer that model kits are a great way to promote soaring with kids.
      Building a model glider is fun and a kid that hangs a glider from his bedroom ceiling is more likely to get into flying gliders in the long run.  So buy one for your kids and grandkids and nephews and nieces - and help them build it.  I suppose you will think that I'm saying that in order to sell more kits and make more money, but I really do sincerely believe that glider models are a great way to introduce kids to gliders.  However, some of these kits have very limited instructions, so adult help is recommended.

    Model Kits - Sorted by Model Manufacturer
    Click on the manufacturer names below to view details on all their model kits.  Click on the glider images to go directly to details for each model kit.

    LogoManufacturer Location  Scale TypeComments

    Available Kits

    Revell
     

    Germany
    &
    USA
    1:32Plastic injection molded
    The largest,
    most detailed,
    and best.


    Czech Republic1:32
    and
    1:48

    Resin

    Very nice,
    larger than
    most other kits

    Ardpol
    Poland1:48ResinVery nice, larger than
    most other kits
        
    United Kingdom1:48Resin
    Nice, For experienced modelers

    Czech Republic1:72Resin
    Very small, but nice.
    Some kits are very detailed.  Many interesting kits.  For experienced modelers.
             

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    Ardpol-Foka-4

    Ardpol-Foka-4

    SZD-24 Foka 4 Sailplane Model KitVery High Quality Resin Model KitScale: 1:48Wing Span of Full ..

    $43.00

    Ardpol-Grunau-Baby-II-B

    Ardpol-Grunau-Baby-II-B

    Grunau Baby II B Sailplane Model KitVery High Quality Resin Model KitScale: 1:48Wing Span of Fu..

    $40.00

    Ardpol-Jantar-2B

    Ardpol-Jantar-2B

    SZD-42 Jantar 2B Sailplane Model KitVery High Quality Resin Model KitScale: 1:48Wing Span of Fu..

    $40.00

    Ardpol-Junior

    Ardpol-Junior

    SZD-51 Junior Sailplane Model KitVery High Quality Resin Model KitScale: 1:48Wing Span of Full ..

    $40.00

    Ardpol-Mucha-IS-2

    Ardpol-Mucha-IS-2

    IS-2 Mucha Sailplane Model KitVery High Quality Resin Model KitScale: 1:48Wing Span of Full Siz..

    $40.00

    Ardpol-Mucha-SZD-12

    Ardpol-Mucha-SZD-12

    SZD-12 Mucha 100 Sailplane Model KitVery High Quality Resin Model KitScale: 1:48Wing Span of Fu..

    $40.00

    CzechMaster-DFS-Habicht

    CzechMaster-DFS-Habicht

    DFS Habicht Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 13.6 m ..

    $21.00

    CzechMaster-DFS-Habicht-Stummel

    CzechMaster-DFS-Habicht-Stummel

    Stümmel Habicht Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 6 o..

    $21.00

    CzechMaster-DFS-Kranich

    CzechMaster-DFS-Kranich

    DFS Kranich Sailplane Model KitSee also the Planet Models Kranich kit.  It is a ..

    $27.00

    CzechMaster-DFS-Olympia-Meise

    CzechMaster-DFS-Olympia-Meise

    Olympia Meise Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15 m ..

    $21.00

    CzechMaster-DFS-Weihe

    CzechMaster-DFS-Weihe

    DFS Weihe Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 18 m (59...

    $21.00

    CzechMaster-Fafnir

    CzechMaster-Fafnir

    Fafnir Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 19 m (62.3 f..

    $20.00

    CzechMaster-Fafnir-2

    CzechMaster-Fafnir-2

    Fafnir 2 "Sao Paulo" Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glider..

    $26.00

    CzechMaster-Franklin-PS-1

    CzechMaster-Franklin-PS-1

    Franklin PS-1 "Texaco Eaglet" Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Si..

    $26.00

    CzechMaster-Franklin-PS-2

    CzechMaster-Franklin-PS-2

    Franklin PS-2 "Primary & Secondary Too" Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing S..

    $29.00

    CzechMaster-FVA-10-Rheinland

    CzechMaster-FVA-10-Rheinland

    FVA-10 Rheinland Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 16..

    $21.00

    CzechMaster-Go-1-Wolf

    CzechMaster-Go-1-Wolf

    Göppingen Gö-1 Wolf Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glider:..

    $20.00

    CzechMaster-Go-3-Minimoa

    CzechMaster-Go-3-Minimoa

    Göppingen Gö-3 Minimoa Sailplane Model KitSee also the Planet Models Minimoa kit. &nb..

    $25.00

    CzechMaster-Go-4-Govier

    CzechMaster-Go-4-Govier

    Göppingen Gö-4 Gövier Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glide..

    $26.00

    CzechMaster-Grunau-Baby-I

    CzechMaster-Grunau-Baby-I

    Grunau Baby I Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 12.87..

    $20.00

    CzechMaster-Grunau-Baby-II

    CzechMaster-Grunau-Baby-II

    Grunau Baby II Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 13.5..

    $21.00

    CzechMaster-Horten-Ho-IVa

    CzechMaster-Horten-Ho-IVa

    Horten Ho IVa Flying Wing Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size G..

    $23.00

    CzechMaster-LET-L-33-Solo

    CzechMaster-LET-L-33-Solo

    LET L-33 Sólo/TG-10D Peregrine Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full S..

    $30.00

    CzechMaster-LK-10-TG-4

    CzechMaster-LK-10-TG-4

    Laister-Kauffmann LK-10 (TG-4) Sailplane Model KitNote: This model kit is a little more expensive be..

    $27.00

    CzechMaster-Rhonadler

    CzechMaster-Rhonadler

    Schleicher Rhönadler Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glider..

    $26.00

    CzechMaster-Rhonbussard

    CzechMaster-Rhonbussard

    Schleicher Rhönbussard Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glid..

    $21.00

    CzechMaster-Rhonsperber

    CzechMaster-Rhonsperber

    Rhönsperber Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15.2 m ..

    $21.00

    CzechMaster-SGS-2-8-TG-2

    CzechMaster-SGS-2-8-TG-2

    Schweizer SGS 2-8 / TG-2 Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Gl..

    $21.00

    CzechMaster-Slingsby-Kirby-Cadet-I

    CzechMaster-Slingsby-Kirby-Cadet-I

    Slingsby Kirby Cadet Mk. I Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size ..

    $21.00

    CzechMaster-Sperber-Junior

    CzechMaster-Sperber-Junior

    Sperber Junior Sailplane Model KitSee also the Planet Models Sperber Junior kit. &nbs..

    $21.00

    CzechMaster-Sperber-Senior

    CzechMaster-Sperber-Senior

    Sperber Senior Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:72Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 16 m..

    $30.00

    Heritage-Grunau-Baby-2

    Heritage-Grunau-Baby-2

    Grunau Baby 2 Sailplane Model KitSee also a very similar Grunau Baby II B kit in the same ..

    $29.00

    HPH-Model-Motorglider

    HPH-Model-Motorglider

    Motorglider Model, 1:25 ScaleOptionsDetailed Cockpit, € 248Note: Prices shown in US $ are approximat..

    $0.00

    HPH-Model-Power-Plane

    HPH-Model-Power-Plane

    Power Plane Model, 1:25 ScaleOptionsSingle-engine or two-engineDetailed CockpitNote: Prices shown in..

    $0.00

    HPH-Model-Sailplane

    HPH-Model-Sailplane

    Sailplane Model, 1:25 ScaleOptionsSize:Single-Seat Up to 15 m SpanSingle-Seat Over 15 m Span or Dual..

    $0.00

    Planet-DFS-Habicht

    Planet-DFS-Habicht

    DFS Habicht Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:48Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 13.6 m ..

    $32.00

    Planet-DFS-Habicht-Stummel

    Planet-DFS-Habicht-Stummel

    DFS Stummel Habicht Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:48Wing Span of Full Size Glider:..

    $37.00

    Planet-DFS-Kranich-II

    Planet-DFS-Kranich-II

    DFS Kranich II Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:48Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 18 m..

    $36.00

    Planet-Go-3-Minimoa

    Planet-Go-3-Minimoa

    Göppingen Gö 3 Minimoa Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:48Wing Span of Full Size Glid..

    $35.00

    Planet-Scott-Viking

    Planet-Scott-Viking

    Scott Viking Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:48Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15.545..

    $32.00

    Planet-Sperber-Junior

    Planet-Sperber-Junior

    Sperber Junior Sailplane Model KitResin Model KitScale: 1:48Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15.6..

    $32.00

    Revell-DuoDiscusT

    Revell-DuoDiscusT

    Schempp-Hirth DuoDiscusT (with engine)Manufacturer: Revell GermanyScale: 1:32Plastic Model KitW..

    $40.00

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