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Overview
Czech Master Resin is located in the Czech Republic.  They make some very nice resin scale glider model kits.  They are in the 1:72 scale range which means that they are very small. However, they offer a very nice variety of glider kits.Some of the kits are extremely detailed - with photo-etched metal parts.  These models are for experienced modelers.

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Resin Kit
These kits are all resin kits - not plastic kits.  Sometimes referred to as "Garage Kits". This term has been coined to represent the fringe of the model kit manufacturing community (generally individuals) who produce kits (yes, sometimes in their garage!) that number in dozens, rather than the hundreds or thousands or millions that constitute the bulk of consumer-oriented commercial model kits sold at regular retail outlets.  Instead of being molded with hot plastic as injection-molded and vacuum-formed kits are, resin kits are made from liquid urethane resins poured into silicone rubber molds. The liquid resin sets after a few minutes, and the molds are separated to release the parts. Resin kits usually are of subjects that are not available in injection-molded kits, and they can be expensive. You must use super glue (also called cyanoacrylate or "CA") or epoxy to build resin kits - not plastic model glue.  All the model kits on this page are resin kits.  Note that some of these kits are of lower detail and quality than the plastic injection molded model kits.  Resin kits are also generally more expensive and more difficult to build.  See: A Resin Model Kit Primer


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CzechMaster-DFS-Habicht DFS Habicht Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 13.6 m (44.6 feet)
Wing Span: 18.9 cm (7.4 inches)
Length: 9.1 cm (3.6 inches)
Designed in Germany in 1936. It was a single seat aerobatic glider.
The kit includes the complete airframe, decals and assembly and painting instructions.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "Hans Jacobs designed the Habicht as a fully aerobatic sailplane for the air displays planned in conjunction with the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.  It had to be capable of all possible maneuvers, including inverted flight, slow rolls and flick rolls. It would also need good gliding performance."

$21 In Stock
CzechMaster-DFS-Habicht-Stummel Stümmel Habicht Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 6 or 8 m (19.7 or 26.2 feet)
Wing Span: 8.3 or 11.1 cm (3.3 or 4.4 inches)
Length: 9.1 cm (3.6 inches)
Designed in Germany in 1936. It was a single seat aerobatic glider.  The Stümmel Habicht was a "clipped wing" version of the Habicht.
The kit includes the complete airframe with both short and long wing versions, and decals and assembly and painting instructions for both wingspan versions.

Model Review by Mark J. Davies

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "Jacobs and his team had not imagined that even more extreme versions of the Habicht would be demanded.  These were to be used for training glider pilots to fly the extremely fast, and highly dangerous, Messerschmitt Me 163 rocket propelled fighter which Lippisch, after departing from the DFS, had developed.  The Stümmel Habicht was produced in two sizes, 8 meters and 6 meters span.  These stalled at about 75 to 80 kph and were said to handle somewhat like the ME 163."


model in photos above by: Mark Davies
 
$21 In Stock
CzechMaster-DFS-Kranich DFS Kranich Sailplane Model Kit
See also the Planet Models Kranich kit.  It is a much larger scale kit with more detail.
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 18 m (59.1 feet)
Wing Span: 25.0 cm (9.8 inches)
Length: 10.7 cm (4.2 inches)
Designed in Germany in 1939. It was a two seat high performance glider.
The kit includes the complete airframe, glazed cockpit canopy, 1/72 scale plans, decals, and assembly and painting instructions.
Note: DFS stands for "Deutsche Forschunganstalt für Segelflug".

Model Review by Mark J. Davies

Review at HyperScale.com - Great Photos!

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The need for some high performance two seat sailplanes prompted Hans Jacobs to design what was at first described as a two seat Rhönsperber.  This became the Kranich.  It was in most respects and enlarged 'Sperber with similar aerodynamic layout but, necessarily, larger wing area and a span of 18 meters."


model in photos above by: Mark J. Davies
$27 In Stock
CzechMaster-DFS-Olympia-Meise Olympia Meise Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15 m (49.2 feet)
Wing Span: 20.8 cm (8.2 inches)
Length: 10.1 cm (4.0 inches)
Designed in Germany in 1939. It was a single seat high performance glider.
The kit includes the complete airframe, glazed cockpit canopy, 1/72 scale plans, decals, and assembly and painting instructions.

Color Schemes Included
Olympia Meise - D-11-4008 — *Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps (NSFK), Germany 1939
Olympia Meise - Norske Aero Klubb, Norway, 1944-45
Olympia Meise - (No Registration) *Zemsky moravsko-slezsky aeroklub, odbocka Prerov, Summer 1945
Olympia Meise - (Ex:WL-XVII-514) *Zemsky moravsko-slezsky aeroklub, odbocka Prerov, Prerov-Henclov airfield, Aug.1945
Olympia Meise - (No Registration) *CNA odbocka Kralupy, Kralupy airfield, 1946-1947
Olympia Meise - OK-8302 — c/n 101, *CNA odbocka Kralupy, Kralupy airfield, 1947
* Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps (NSFK) — National Socialist Flying Corps
* Zemsky moravsko-slezsky aeroklub, odbocka Prerov — Moravian-Silesian Provincial Aeroclub, Prerov branch
* CNA odbocka Kralupy — Czecholsovak National Aeroclub, Kralupy branch

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "Led by Professor Walter Georgii and backed by ISTUS (International Studienkommission für Segelflug), there was a strong move during the nineteen thirties for soaring to be recognized as an Olympic sport."  The Olympia Meise was the winner of the competition to select a sailplane type to be used in the Olympics, but the 1940 Olympic Games never took place due to WWII.  However, it was a very popular design.  "By good judgment and, perhaps, an element of luck, the Meise proved to have excellent handling qualities, so much so that Philip Wills, the English champion pilot, described the Meise as a piece of poetry, perfectly balanced in all senses and a delight to fly."


model in photos above by: Ernie Lee
$21 In Stock
CzechMaster-DFS-Weihe DFS Weihe Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 18 m (59.1 feet)
Wing Span: 25.0 cm (9.8 inches)
Length: 11.3 cm (4.4 inches)
Designed and built in Germany in 1938. It was a single seat high performance glider.
The kit includes decals and assembly and painting instructions.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "Jacobs recognised that the Reiher was far too costly for general use but pilots everywhere now needed superior sailplanes for cross country distance and goal flights.  Without compromising the performance too much, an 18 meter span sailplane with a greatly simplified structure would satisfy the demand.  The Weihe first flew in 1938 and performed well.  Otto Brautigam and Ludwig Hofmann in the Rhön contest that year placed fourth and sixth respectively, both in Weihes.  The type was chosen by the NSFK for mass production.  About 280 were built by Jacobs' own company - Schweyer, and many more under license elsewhere."

model in photo above by: Ernie Lee
$21 In Stock
CzechMaster-Fafnir Fafnir Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 19 m (62.3 feet)
Wing Span: 26.4 cm (10.4 inches)
Length: 10.8 cm (4.2 inches)
Designed in Germany in 1929 by Lippisch and considered to be the most beautiful sailplane of its time.  It was a single seat high performance glider.
The kit includes a complete airframe and assembly instructions (shown at right), but no decals.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "Lippisch in 1929 began the design of a new high performance sailplane, which was called the Fafnir after the legendary dragon.  The wing root was faired to the carefully streamlined fuselage at the level of the pilot's head.  Numerous small strips of plywood were scarfed together to make the complicated, three dimensional curved form."
$20 In Stock
CzechMaster-Fafnir-2 Fafnir 2 "Sao Paulo" Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 19 m (62.3 feet)
Wing Span: 26.4 cm (10.4 inches)
Length: 11.0 cm (4.3 inches)
Designed in Germany in 1934 by Lippisch.  It was a single seat high performance glider.  It was named "Sao Paulo" in honor of the Brazilian city which offered some financial support.
The kit includes a complete airframe and assembly instructions (shown at right), but no decals.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "Design began in March 1934 and the Sao Paulo was completed in time for the 1934 Rhön.  It was the best sailplane available at the time.  With it Heini Dittmar broke the world distance record, 375 km, landing in Czechoslovakia.  The original cockpit canopy did not blend fully into the fuselage.  By the time of the international competitions in 1937, which Dittmar in the Fafnir 2 won, a fully contoured canopy had been fitted."
$26 In Stock
CzechMaster-Franklin-PS-1 Franklin PS-1 "Texaco Eaglet" Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15.2 m (50 feet)
Wing Span: 21.1 cm (8.3 inches)
Length: ? cm (? inches)
Designed in the USA by R.E. and Wally Franklin in 1930.
The kit includes the complete airframe, glazed cockpit canopy, 1/72 scale plans, decals, and assembly and painting instructions.

Note: The kit refers to the glider as a PS-2, but other sources (see quote below) refer to it as the PS-1.  This glider was much larger than the PS-2 and had a 50 foot wingspan.  The PS-2 had a 36 foot wingspan.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons mentions this glider briefly. 

In the "Clio's Wings" quiz in Soaring magazine from November, 2008 Raul Blacksten states about this glider, "The Texaco Eaglet was the PS-1.  Originally the brothers simply called the glider "the big ship".  Being familiar with a Franklin glider that he flew in the Cleveland Air Races, when Captain Frank Hawks wanted a glider to aerotow across the U.S., he naturally came to the Franklins.  With the sponsorship of Texas Oil Company, Hawks acquired "the big ship" and this it flew into history with its more formal name, as the Franklin PS-1 Texaco Eaglet. The Eaglet, a little worse for wear, still exists in the National Air and Space Museum collection."


model in photos above by: Chuck Holte
$26 In Stock
CzechMaster-Franklin-PS-2 Franklin PS-2 "Primary & Secondary Too" Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 11.0 m (36 feet)
Wing Span: 15.2 cm (6.0 inches)
Length: ? cm (? inches)
Designed in the USA by R.E. Franklin in 1929.
The kit includes the complete airframe with parts for building either (but not both) of the 2 options, glazed cockpit canopy, 1/72 scale plans, decals, and assembly and painting instructions.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, a photo and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "An influential article in the November Aero Digest by A P Artran, President of the Franklin Glider Corporation, set out the arguments an announced the development of a new glider, intended for basic training and yet capable of soaring and aerobatics.  This was the Franklin PS-2, standing for 'Primary and Secondary too'.  The designer was R.E. Franklin.  The Franklin proved itself fully up to expectations and was very popular.  Some 54 were built, by far the largest number of any single type of glider in the USA at that time."

 

model in photos above by: Chuck Holte
$29 In Stock
CzechMaster-FVA-10-Rheinland FVA-10 Rheinland Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 16 m (52.5 feet)
Wing Span: 22.2 cm (8.7 inches)
Length: 9.8 cm (3.8 inches)
Designed in Germany in 1935 with its first flight in 1936. It was a single seat high performance glider.
The kit includes decals and assembly and painting instructions.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "Akaflieg Aachen designed the FVA 10 Rheinland in 1935.  The students were impressed by wind tunnel results which suggested that drag could be saved by shaping the fuselage like an aerofoil section, to conform as far as possible to the flow around the wing."

model in photos by: Jiri Fiala
$21 In Stock
CzechMaster-Go-1-Wolf Göppingen Gö-1 Wolf Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 14 m (45.9 feet)
Wing Span: 19.4 cm (7.7 inches)
Length: 7.5 cm (2.9 inches)
Designed in Germany in 1935. It was a single seat glider.
The kit includes a complete airframe and assembly instructions, but no decals.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "It was aimed at the same market as the Grunau Baby and was very similar, but with improvements.  The fuselage, with narrow neck and rounded decking ahead of the cockpit, resembled that of the Stanavo, and there was a wheel.  Hirth and Schempp, during their American experience, had appreciated the need for this as an aid to ground handling, aero towing and winch launching, which were now the norm."

$20 In Stock
CzechMaster-Go-3-Minimoa Göppingen Gö-3 Minimoa Sailplane Model Kit
See also the Planet Models Minimoa kit.  It is a much larger scale kit with more detail.
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 17 m (55.8 feet)
Wing Span: 23.6 cm (9.3 inches)
Length: 9.7 cm (3.8 inches)
Designed in Germany in 1935 - 6. It was a single seat high-performance glider. 
The kit includes the complete airframe, glazed cockpit canopy, 1/72 scale plans, decals, and assembly and painting instructions.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "This unusual prototype flew in 1935 and was taken to the Rhön meeting.  Perhaps it was inevitable that the Göppingen 3, a smaller version of the Moazagotl, should be called the Minimoa. ... Production began in 1936.  There is no doubt the Minimoa was everything Hirth had hoped for, stable and strong with a good performance.  The best glide was measured at 25.7:1 in 1938.  This was probably no better than contemporary sailplanes of similar span from other designers and factories, but, because of its very distinctive and graceful shape, the Minimoa became very well known and admired."  At right are 2 scanned pages from the book related to the Minimoa.

 
model in photo by: Ernie Lee
 
 
$25 In Stock
CzechMaster-Go-4-Govier Göppingen Gö-4 Gövier Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 14.734 m (48.3 feet)
Wing Span: 20.5 cm (8.1 inches)
Length: 10.1 cm (4.0 inches)
Designed in Germany in 1938. It was a two seat glider. 
The kit includes the complete airframe, glazed cockpit canopy, 1/72 scale plans, decals, and assembly and painting instructions.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The Gövier, a two seater with side by side seating, designed by Wolfgang Hütter and Hirth together, came from the Göppingen factory in August 1938 and entered production in October.  Company records suggest that more than 100 were built, there may have been more." 


model in photo above by: Ernie Lee
 
$26 In Stock
CzechMaster-Grunau-Baby-I Grunau Baby I Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 12.87 m (42.2 feet)
Wing Span: 17.9 cm (7.0 inches)
Length: 8.2 cm (3.2 inches)
Designed in Germany in 1930. It was a single seat glider.  The prototype flew in 1931.
The kit includes a complete airframe and assembly instructions (shown at right), but no decals.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The Grunau Baby was an immediate success and Schneider began production.  Not only the Grunau school but clubs all over Germany and elsewhere placed orders.  Six Grunau Babies entered the Rhön competitions in 1932 and by the end of the year twenty two had been sold.  Sets of plans were made available for amateur and other production."

$20 In Stock
CzechMaster-Grunau-Baby-II Grunau Baby II Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 13.5 m (44.3 feet)
Wing Span: 18.8 cm (7.4 inches)
Length: 8.3 cm (3.3 inches)
Designed in Germany in 1933. It was a single seat glider.
The kit includes the complete airframe, glazed cockpit canopy (2 different canopies), 1/72 scale plans, decals, and assembly and painting instructions.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The success of this type exceeded all expectations.  Its appearance on the market came at the right time.  It was inexpensive.  The handling was adequate for beginners yet 'Silver C' flights (five hours duration, 1000 meters gain of height, and 50 km distance) were quite within reach.  By the end of 1933 Schneider was producing a GB2 every three days."

$21 In Stock
CzechMaster-Horten-Ho-IVa Horten Ho IVa Flying Wing Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 20 m (65.6 feet)
Wing Span: 27.7 cm (10.9 inches)
The Horten IV.a flying wing sailplane was built in 1939 in Germany.  The Horten IVa is one of the most elegant and intriguing sailplane designs.
The kit includes the complete airframe, glazed cockpit canopy, 1/72 scale plans, decals, and assembly and painting instructions.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The wing had a high aspect ratio, the pilot was in a semi prone or half kneeling position faired with a smoothly contoured canopy.  The controls were operated by a yoke and there was a padded chin rest, essential if the pilot was to look directly ahead for long periods."


model in photo above by: Ernie Lee
$23 In Stock
CzechMaster-Hutter-H-17 Hütter H-17 Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 9.69 m (31.8 feet)
Wing Span: 13.4 cm (5.3 inches)
Length: 6.4 cm (2.5 inches)
Designed and built in Austria in 1934. 
The kit includes the complete airframe, decals and assembly and painting instructions.

Model Review by Mark J. Davies

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "For flying in the Austrian Alps, the brothers Wolfgang and Ulrich Hütter of Salzburg designed a small, 10 meter span single seat sailplane which they expected to achieve a glide ratio of 17:1.  Hence it was named the Hütter 17 or H-17.  It resembled a small Grunau Baby, with high wing of Gö 535 profile, strut braced, above a hexagonal box fuselage with open cockpit.  However, the ailerons were slotted to ensure good response at all times and everything possible was done for easy building.  As soon as the prototype had been proved satisfactory, plans were published and about a dozen sets were sold quickly.  After this, the Hütters joined the Schempp-Hirth Company in Göppingen, as designers.  The H-17 became the Göppingen 5.  A landing wheel and canopy, with a windscreen were added.  A few were built in the factory and many more plans were sold."


model in photos above by: Mark J. Davies


model in photo above by: Ernie Lee

$19 In Stock
CzechMaster-LET-L-13AC-Blanik LET L-13AC Blanik / TG-10C Kestrel Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 13.85 m (45.4 feet)
Wing Span: 19.2 cm (7.6 inches)
Length: 11.6 cm (4.6 inches)
The L-13AC Blanik is a 2-seat, fully aerobatic sailplane which was designed as a derivative of the Blanik L-13 in Czechoslovakia in 1997.  From the manufacturer's web site and the included decals it must be assumed that the U.S. Air Force used this glider, designated as the "TG-10C Kestrel".
This kit includes some very nice features:
  • Complete airframe
  • Glazed cockpit canopy (2)
  • Detailed cockpit interior
  • Airbrakes (can be displayed 'open' or 'closed')
  • Tailwheel or skid
  • Painted photo-etched detailing set with seat harnesses and instrument panels, etc. (see photo at right)
  • Cockpit canopy paint mask (see photo at right - It's tough to see the cut-outs in the photo, but they are also shown in the assembly instructions.)
  • Assembly and painting instructions
  • 5 page photographic "in detail" supplement
  • Decal set

The excellent book Sailplanes 1945 - 1965 by Martin Simons includes a brief mention of this glider.  A quote from the book, "Production (of the Blanik L-13) ceased but a fully aerobatic version, the L-13AC with wing span reduced to 13.85 meters and a smaller rudder was introduced in 1997".

See also the large and detailed 1:32 scale L-13 Blanik resin kit from Planet Models, and the Let L-13 Blanik and Let L-13A Blanik plastic injection molded model kit from Profiline.


model in photos above by: Jaromir Senft
$29 In Stock
CzechMaster-LET-L-33-Solo LET L-33 Sólo/TG-10D Peregrine Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 14.12 m (46 ft 5 in)
Wing Span of Model: 19.6 cm (7.7 inches)
Length: 9.2 cm (3.62 inches)
Designed in the 1990s, a single-seat, all metal sailplane with a glide ratio of 33:1.

Information from the LET web site:

"The high ratings of the L 33 Solo all-metal single-seat glider are the result of sophisticated design development incorporating the latest in the soaring technology. The comfort and ease of flight and it's durability make it and obvious choice for all soaring enthusiasts. It is intended for an advance training and a performance soaring.

Pilots who received their initial dual instructions in the L 13 Blanik or L 23 Blanik will find the transition to the L 33 Solo absolutely natural.

The L 33 Solo is an all-metal single-seat cantilever mid-high wing sailplane with a semi-monocoque fuselage, fixed gear and cantilevar T-tail surfaces. It is manufactured according to the requirements of JAR 22 and is Type Certified in the Czech Republic, USA, UK, Germany, Hungary, Canada, Japan and Argentina."

Specifications
Wing Span: 14.12 m (46 ft 5 in)
Length: 6.62 m (21 ft 8 in)
Height: 1.43 m (4 ft 8 in)
Wing Area: 11 m² (118.4 ft²)
Wing Aspect Ratio: 18,12

Empty Weight: 210 kg 463 lbs
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 340 kg 750 lbs

Performance
Best Glide Ratio at 90 km/hr (49 knots): 33
Minimum Rate of Sink at 68 km/hr (37knots): 0.66 m/s 2.16 ft/s
Minimum Stalling Speed for 320 kg (705 lbs): 65 km/hr 35 knots
Maximum Allowed Speed: 248 km/hr 134 knots
Maximum Rough Air Speed: 158 km/hr 85 knots
Maximum Aero-Tow Speed: 158 km/hr 85 knots
Maximum Winch-Launching Speed: 130 km/hr 70 knots
G limits: +5,3 / -2,65


The kit includes:

  • Complete Airframe
  • Glazed Cockpit Canopy
  • Photo-Etched Cockpit Detailing Set - including: Instrument Panels, Seat Harness and Air Brakes
  • Cockpit Canopy Paint Mask
  • Assembly and Painting Instructions
  • 6-page Photographic 'In Detail' Supplement
  • Decal Set

Color Schemes:

  • LET L-33 Solo - N291BA — '95', Chicago/Rockford International Airport, 10th November 2005 - Owner: Curt Lewis Jr.
    The photos below are of Curt Lewis Jr.'s Solo.  Curt's comments:
    "I ordered my L33 direct from factory with just red wing and elevator tips to have it look more "contemporary".  I added my "95" competition ID.  My L33 was OFTEN mistaken for "glass" ... even sitting on the ground :) "
  • LET L-33 Solo - OK-4404 — 'JW', Aeroklub Jihlava, Czech Republic
  • LET L-33 Solo - OK-4407 — Aeroklub Beroun, Czech Republic
  • TG-10D Peregrine — USAF Academy, 306th Flying Training Group, 94th Flying Training Squadron, 2002 to present
  • LET — Letecké Závody Aircraft Corporation

The excellent book Sailplanes 1945 - 1965 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "To accompany the Blanik (L-23), a 14.12m span all metal single-seater for early solo pilots, the L-33 Solo was designed and successfully marketed.  The prototype was entered in the design competition for the World Class but did not win."


model in photos above by: Jaromir Senft
 
$30 In Stock
CzechMaster-LK-10-TG-4 Laister-Kauffmann LK-10 (TG-4) Sailplane Model Kit
Note: This model kit is a little more expensive because it includes some very nice features, such as a painted photo-etched detail set (see photo at right) and a paint mask for detailing the cockpit canopy.
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15.2 m (50.0 feet)
Wing Span: 21.2 cm (8.3 inches)
Length: 9.0 cm (3.5 inches)
Designed in the USA by Jack Laister in 1941. It was a two seat training glider.
This kit includes some very nice features:
  • Complete airframe
  • Glazed cockpit canopy (2)
  • Painted photo-etched detailing set with seat harnesses and instrument panels, etc. (see photo at right)
  • Cockpit canopy paint mask (see photo at right - It's tough to see the cut-outs in the photo, but they are also shown in the assembly instructions.)
  • Assembly and painting instructions
  • 2 page "in detail" supplement
  • Decal set

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "When the US Army needed two seat sailplanes for the wartime training program, Laister offered his services and was commissioned to design a two seat version of the Yankee Doodle 2.  Like its single seat predecessor, it had wooden wings and steel tube fuselage, the seats in tandem with the usual vision problems for the rear pilot. ... Production began in 1942 and 156 were completed.  After the war, surplus sailplanes were sold cheaply and became popular sporting sailplanes.  Many national records were broken in the type.  A few remain in service."


model in photos above by: Jaromir Senft
$27 In Stock
CzechMaster-Pratt-Read-LNE-1 Pratt-Read G-1 / LNE-1 / TG-32 Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 16.661 m (54.7 feet)
Wing Span: 23.1 cm (9.1 inches)
Length: 11.1 cm (4.4 inches)
Designed in the U.S. in 1941. It was a two-seat training glider.
This kit includes some very nice features:
  • Complete airframe
  • Glazed cockpit canopy (2)
  • Detailed cockpit interior
  • Painted photo-etched detailing set with seat harnesses and instrument panels, etc. (see photo at right)
  • Cockpit canopy paint mask (see photo at right - It's tough to see the cut-outs in the photo, but they are also shown in the assembly instructions.)
  • Assembly and painting instructions
  • 2 page "in detail" supplement
  • Decal set

Model Review by Mark J. Davies

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The G-1 was originally a civilian design but, making its appearance early in the Second World War it became absorbed into the military glider pilot training program.  In the training role the performance was quite adequate and the G-1 was adopted by the US Navy as the LNE-1.  A few were also taken by the Army as the TG-32.  A total of 75 were built.  Like other military two-seaters, they were sold cheaply after the war.  Most notably, two were used in the scientific research work on standing waves in the lee of the Californian Sierra Nevada.  The world height record was broken by Larry Edgar and Howard Klieforth in March 1952, 13,849 m (45,439 ft), during these studies.  In April 1955 one of the Pratt Reads, flown by Edgar, was destroyed at 4500 meters (14765 ft) altitude in severe turbulence in the rotor of a wave.  Edgar was thrown clear and was able to use his parachute."


model in photos by: Mark J. Davies
$27 In Stock
CzechMaster-Rhonadler Schleicher Rhönadler Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 17.458 m (57.3 feet)
Wing Span: 24.2 cm (9.5 inches)
Length: 10.0 cm (4.0 inches)
Designed and built in Germany in 1935. It was a single seat high performance glider.
The kit includes decals and assembly and painting instructions.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "Schleicher recognized the growing demand for cross country sailplanes and admired the Fafnir.  He commissioned Hans Jacobs to design a simplified version which would be suitable for factory production and not prohibitively expensive.  The prototype, called Rhönadler, was ready for the 1932 Rhön. (There had been an earlier Rhönadler, a record breaking two seater.)"

model in photo above by: Ernie Lee
$26 In Stock
CzechMaster-Rhonbussard Schleicher Rhönbussard Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 14.3 m (46.6 feet)
Wing Span: 19.9 cm (7.8 inches)
Length: 8.2 cm (3.2 inches)
Designed and built in Germany in 1933. It was a single seat medium performance glider.
The kit includes decals and assembly and painting instructions.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "Many gliding instructors felt the Rhönadler was too advanced for inexperienced pilots.  They required something better than the Grunau Baby but smaller and cheaper than the 'Adler.  Schleicher asked Jacobs to design a sailplane to fit this requirement.  The outcome in 1933 was the Rhönbussard."


Photos above from Air-Britain Photographic Images Collection
$21 In Stock
CzechMaster-Rhonsperber Rhönsperber Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15.2 m (49.9 feet)
Wing Span: 21.1 cm (8.3 inches)
Length: 8.4 cm (3.3 inches)
Designed and built in Germany in 1935. It was a single seat high performance glider.
The kit includes decals and assembly and painting instructions.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "Jacobs developed the Rhönbussard to produce the Rhönsperber in 1935.  This entered production with Flugzeugbau Schweyer, who built about one hundred... The type became popular and was used for some outstanding cross country flights, especially notable being Ludwig Hofmann's 1935 world record, 474 km into Czechoslovakia.  This was the first soaring flight to exceed 400 km but the record only lasted a week."

model in photo above by: Ernie Lee
$21 In Stock
CzechMaster-Schleicher-Ka-4-Rhonlerche-II Schleicher Ka-4 Rhönlerche II Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 13 m (42.7 feet)
Wing Span: 18.1 cm (7.1 inches)
Length: 10.1 cm (4.0 inches)
Designed by Rudolf Kaiser for Schleicher in 1953.  The first one was built by Ludwig Krönung. It was a two-seat glider with fabric covered steel tube fuselage.

The kit includes:
  • Complete Airframe
  • Glazed Cockpit Canopy
  • Photo-Etched Cockpit Detailing Set - including Instrument Panels and Seat Harness
  • Cockpit Canopy Paint Mask
  • Assembly and Painting Instructions
  • Photographic 'In Detail' Supplement
  • Decal Set

Color Schemes:

  • Ka-4 Rhönlerche II - D-4116 — Wasserkuppe, Germany
  • Ka-4 Rhönlerche II - D-4302 — Segelflugschule, Wasserkuppe, Germany
  • Ka-4 Rhönlerche II - N7894 — S/n:93/58, USA. Year of construction: 1958, complete restoration: 2000
  • Ka-4 Rhönlerche II - PH-239 — S/n:157, 'Misch Masch': Leen Le Bruin, ZC Flevo, Soesterberg Gliding Field, Netherlands
  • Ka-4 Rhönlerche II - HB-969 — C/n:3031, Switzerland. Year of construction: 1963
  • Ka-4 Rhönlerche II - OK-A201 — 'K4', 'Spielwaren Reimann', AK Raná, Czech Republic
  • Ka-4 Rhönlerche II - D-6331 — 'XL', 'STIEBEL ELTRON', Germany

Model Review by Mark J. Davies

The excellent book Rhön-Adler - 75 years - Alexander Schleicher Sailplane Company by Peter F. Selinger includes an excellent write-up, photos, scale drawings and specifications of this glider.  A quote from the English translation of the book, "The development and construction of the "Rhönlerche II" ("Rhoen-Lark") two-seater, which was intended for beginner training, occurred during a difficult time for Rudolf Kaiser.  At that time he commuted between Dachau (Scheibe), Poppenhausen (Schleicher) and his hometown in Waldsachsen near Coburg.  ... the "Rhönlerche II" was intended to be the workhorse for initial glider training.  The desired characteristics for such a glider are a robust structure and good-natured and pleasant flight behavior.  Good flight performance is a secondary concern.  Soon the "Rhönlerche II" acquired the nickname "Rhönstein" ("Rhoen-Rock") because of the poor glide ratio compared with other sailplanes.  While the type is now mostly replaced by composite two-seaters, the "Rhönlerche II" remains very popular with vintage glider buffs.  In 1963 Schleicher terminated the production of the "Rhönlerche II" after 338 of them had been built.  This number includes sailplanes built under license or in a club.  In 1983 there were 147 "Rhönlerche II" flying in Germany while on January 31st, 2002 only 28 remained."



model in photos above by: Beat Gysi
 
$35 In Stock
CzechMaster-SGS-2-8-TG-2 Schweizer SGS 2-8 / TG-2 Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15.85 m (52 feet)
Wing Span: 22.0 cm (8.7 inches)
Length: 10.7 cm (4.2 inches)
1938 two-seat glider for civilian use as the SGS 2-8 and for military training as the TG-2.
The kit includes the complete airframe, 2 vacuum formed canopies, decals for 2 aircraft and assembly and painting instructions.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  The first sentence is, "The Schweizers produced their eighth sailplane design, the SGS 2-8 in 1938.  Apart from fabric covering and some light wooden stringers to improve the shape of the fuselage, it was all metal.  ... the 2-8 was very successful as a sailplane and made some very good cross country and altitude flights.  The world height record climb by Lewin Barringer in 1940, 4556 meters, was not recorded by the FAI in Paris, presumably because Paris at the time had been occupied by the German army.  When the US Army began its glider pilot training program in 1941, the SGS 2-8 was adopted as the TG-2 (Training Glider - 2) and a total of 57 was reached before Schweizers were instructed to change to a wooden training glider, to conserve aluminum alloy."

model in photo above by: Petr Buchar

$21 In Stock
CzechMaster-Slingsby-Kirby-Cadet-I Slingsby Kirby Cadet Mk. I Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 11.7 m (38.4 feet)
Wing Span: 16.2 cm (6.4 inches)
Length: 9.0 cm (3.5 inches)
Designed in Britain by John Stanley Sproule in 1936. It was a single seat intermediate training glider. 
The kit includes the complete airframe, decals and assembly and painting instructions.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The Kirby Kadet was produced by Slingsby as a trainer just one step better than the primary Dagling, capable of soaring well enough for inexperienced pilots to gain their 'C' badges.  The Kadet came up to expectations.  Over 430 were built altogether, the most numerous of all British gliders."


model in photos above by: Ernie Lee
 
$21 In Stock
CzechMaster-Sperber-Junior Sperber Junior Sailplane Model Kit
See also the Planet Models Sperber Junior kit.  It is a much larger scale kit with more detail.
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15.6 m (51.2 feet)
Wing Span: 21.7 cm (8.5 inches)
Length: 9.0 cm (3.6 inches)
1936 single-seat German sport glider
The kit includes decals and assembly and painting instructions.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  The first sentence is, "The Sperber Junior, probably one of the most beautiful sailplanes ever flown, was built specially for Hanna Reitsch."


model in photo above by: Ernie Lee
$21 In Stock
CzechMaster-Sperber-Senior Sperber Senior Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:72
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 16 m (52.5 feet)
Wing Span: 22.2 cm (8.7 inches)
Length: 8.5 cm (3.4 inches)
1936 single-seat German sport glider
The kit includes a complete airframe and assembly instructions, but no decals.

The excellent book Sailplanes 1920 - 1945 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photos and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "In 1936 Jacobs designed an improved and enlarged version of the Rhönsperber, the Sperber Senior.  Despite the name this was really a new design with a different, double tapered wing of greater span, less cambered airfoil sections and entirely new fuselage and tail unit.  Only one was built."
$30 In Stock
 

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