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Planet Models is located in the Czech Republic.  They make some very nice resin scale glider model kits.  They are in the 1:48 scale range which makes them a bit smaller than the Revell models, but much larger than the 1:72 scale kits from Czech Master Resins and others.

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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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Planet-Cadet-II Baker-McMillen Cadet II Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 11.43 m (37.5 feet)
Wing Span: 23.8 cm (9.4 inches)
Baker-McMillen Cadet II Sailplane. Designed in 1929 by Frank R. Gross
This kit includes 17 resin parts and decals for 1 version.

The excellent 1997 SSA Sailplane Directory includes an excellent write-up, specifications and photo of the original Baker-McMillan Cadet (not the II version).  A quote from the book: "The Cadet was designed in 1929 by Dr. Gross, a former member of the Akaflieg Darmstadt, as an improvement offering some soaring capability over the existing primary gliders."
  No Longer
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Planet-DFS-Habicht DFS Habicht Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 13.6 m (44.6 feet)
Wing Span: 28.3 cm (11.2 inches)
Length: 13.7 cm (5.4 inches)
DFS Habicht Sailplane. 1936 German aerobatic glider.
The kits includes 14 resin parts, 1 vacuum formed canopy and decals for 1 version with German markings.
Note: DFS stands for "Deutsche Forschunganstalt für Segelflug".

In 1936 the German designer Hans Jacobs constructed for DFS (Deutsche Forschungsanstalt for Segelflug) a special aerobatic sailplane called the Habicht.  For aerobatic performance at the Olympic games in Berlin four examples of the Habicht were built.  The performances of the aerobatic pilots O. Brautigam, L. Hofmann and H. Huthe led by the famous Hanna Reitsch were met at the Olympic games with enormous applause.  In 1938 Hanna Reitsch performed in the Habicht at the Cleveland Air Races.  In 1942 at the Hirt company the production of the Habicht sailplanes started on teh base of DFS's plans.  Fifteen Habichts were built with an adapted tail area and thirty five Stummel Habicht sailplanes in two versions, differing by a span shortened to 8 or 6 meters (see Stummel version below).  These sailplanes were destined for training of future pilots of the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet rocket fighters.

Technical data
Span: 13.6 m or 8 m or 6 m
Length: 6.58 m
Minimum Speed: 60 km/h
Maximum speed: 420 km/h
Glide Ratio: 19.4:1 at 80 km/h
Minimum Sink Rate: 1.06 m/s at 67 km/h

Review at HyperScale.com - Excellent Photos

Another Review at HyperScale.com

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."  This is a model of the full 13.6 m span version of the glider.  Other models are available of the 8 m and 6 m span "Stummel Habicht" versions which were used as trainers for Me 163 rocket-powered fighters.

$32 In Stock
Planet-DFS-Habicht-Stummel DFS Stummel Habicht Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 6 m (19.69 feet) or 8 m (26.25 feet)
Wing Span: 12.5 cm (4.92 inches) or 16.67 cm (6.56 inches)
Length: 13.7 cm (5.4 inches)
DFS Stummel Habicht Sailplane. 1936 German aerobatic glider.
Deutsche-Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug-built 1930s-40s open cockpit, gull-wing sailplane, short span (stummel) variants intended to train Me 163 rocket plane pilots.
Full resin kit with cockpit interior, optional 6m or 8m span wings and vacuum formed windscreens. Decals and color painting notes for 2 aircraft in Luftwaffe service.

In 1936 the German designer Hans Jacobs constructed for DFS (Deutsche Forschungsanstalt for Segelflug) a special aerobatic sailplane called the Habicht.  For aerobatic performance at the Olympic games in Berlin four examples of the Habicht were built.  The performances of the aerobatic pilots O. Brautigam, L. Hofmann and H. Huthe led by the famous Hanna Reitsch were met at the Olympic games with enormous applause.  In 1938 Hanna Reitsch performed in the Habicht at the Cleveland Air Races.  In 1942 at the Hirt company the production of the Habicht sailplanes started on teh base of DFS's plans.  Fifteen Habichts were built with an adapted tail area and thirty five Stummel Habicht sailplanes in two versions, differing by a span shortened to 8 or 6 meters.  These sailplanes were destined for training of future pilots of the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet rocket fighters.

Technical data
Span: 13.6 m or 8 m or 6 m
Length: 6.58 m
Minimum Speed: 60 km/h
Maximum speed: 420 km/h
Glide Ratio: 19.4:1 at 80 km/h
Minimum Sink Rate: 1.06 m/s at 67 km/h

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."  This is a model of the full 13.6 m span version of the glider.  Other models are available of the 8 m and 6 m span "Stummel Habicht" versions which were used as trainers for Me 163 rocket-powered fighters.


Note: The artistic drawing above does not seem to me to be to scale in regard to the wing span.  You can see just how short the wings are in the scans of the parts below.
 
$37 In Stock
Planet-DFS-Kranich-II DFS Kranich II Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 18 m (59.1 feet)
Wing Span: 37.5 cm (14.8 inches)
Length: 16.1 cm (6.4 inches)
The DFS Kranich II was a 2-place sailplane built in 1935 in Germany. The kits includes resin parts, a vacuum formed canopy and decals for 3 versions (Luftwaffe training, camouflage, and post war Czech).
Note: DFS stands for "Deutsche Forschunganstalt für Segelflug".

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."
$36 In Stock
Planet-Go-3-Minimoa Göppingen Gö 3 Minimoa Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 17 m (55.8 feet)
Wing Span: 35.4 cm (13.9 inches)
Length: 14.6 cm (5.7 inches)
The Göppingen Gö 3 Minimoa sailplane was built in 1935-36 in Germany. I consider the Minimoa to be one of the most beautiful sailplanes ever built.
The kits includes 16 resin parts, 1 vacuum formed canopy and decals for 2 versions.

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.
$35 In Stock
Planet-LET-Blanik-L-13 LET-Blanik L-13 Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:32

Note: This model kit is at a larger scale than all the other sailplane model kits from Planet. It is at the same scale as the model kits from Revell.  It is a resin kit, but it is an extremely nice model kit - as you can see in the images at right.  It is the best Blanik model kit I offer.

Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 16.8 m (55.2 feet)
Length of Full Size Glider: 8.40 m (27.6 feet)
Wing Span: 52.5 cm (20.7 inches)
Length: 26.3 cm (10.3 inches)

Czechoslovakian Sailplane Let Kunovice-built 2-seat trainer glider. Full resin kit features fine recessed panel lines, detailed cockpit, choice of 2 wingtip styles, film instruments and vacuum-formed canopies. Decals for 2 aircraft: N15CB, USA and OK-1827, Czech Republic.

In 1954 gliding enthusiasts together with VZLU's (Research Aviation Institute) chief designer Ing. Karel Dlouhy began the development of this two-seater glider for continuation training.  The first of two prototypes was test flown in March of 1956.  The series production of the modified glider started in 1957 at the Let Kunovice aviation factory.  This company produced these all metal high-wing gliders, designated L-13 Blanik, until 1978 with a total of 2616 gliders produced. The modernized L-13A version was produced during the period from 1981 to '82 in a small batch using the strengthened wing taken from engine powered Vivat motorgliders.  The Blanik, thanks to its flying characteristics and durable all-metal structure, was popular widely exported to all continents except Antarctica.  It was flown and it still flies in forty countries around the world.

Review by Mark Davies

As of September, 2009, the full size sailplane that this kit was modeled after was flying at LKBE (Benesov, Czech Republic) at this club: http://www.aero-gac.cz/letadlovypark.html. The photos of the full-size glider (below) and this information was provided by Peter Lalik.  Thank you Peter!

The excellent 1997 SSA Sailplane Directory includes an excellent write-up, specifications and photo of this glider.  A quote from the book: "An all-metal flush riveted sailplane with fabric covered control surfaces, the Blanik is stressed for aerobatics and has held many two-place records."

The excellent book Sailplanes 1945 - 1965 by Martin Simons includes an excellent write-up, photo and scale drawings of this glider.  A quote from the book, "The Blanik (named after a mountain near Prague) was designed from the beginning as an advanced training sailplane.  Nevertheless it had an impressive performance and broke many two seat records both nationally and internationally, including the World Two Seat Distance Record of 921 km by Juri Kouznetsov in 1967 and the Absolute Altitude Record of 7,748 m (25,421 ft) in 1961 by the Czech pilot Hudcova Urbacka.  Even more noteworthy in some respects was the trans-Andean soaring flight from Santiago de Chile into Argentina by Alejo Williamson Davila in 1964.  For this flight the pilot was awarded the FAI Lilienthal Medal."

See also the Blanik L-13 and Blanik L-13a plastic injection molded kits from Profiline, and the L-13 Blanik, L-13AC Blanik, and L-23 Super Blanik resin kits from Czech Master Resin.

$87 No
Longer
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Planet-Scott-Viking Scott Viking Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15.545 m (51.0 feet)
Wing Span: 32.4 cm (12.8 inches)
Length: 13.1 cm (5.2 inches)
Scott Viking sailplane. 1938 British design.
The all resin kit includes cockpit details, a vacuum formed canopy and painting guide for 1 version, 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 Viking, designed by Roy Scott, was aimed at the same, rather limited, market as the Slingsby Gull."
$32 In Stock
Planet-Sperber-Junior Sperber Junior Sailplane Model Kit
Resin Model Kit
Scale: 1:48
Wing Span of Full Size Glider: 15.6 m (51.2 feet)
Wing Span: 32.5 cm (12.8 inches)
Length: 13.6 cm (5.3 inches)
DFS Sperber Junior Sailplane. 1936 German sport glider.
The kits includes 12 resin parts, 2 vacuum formed canopies and decals for 1 version with German markings.
Note: DFS stands for "Deutsche Forschunganstalt für Segelflug".

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."

$32 In Stock
 

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