StevensAero - Rookie, Cat-Launch Glider

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0.30 lbs
Product Origin
Made in Colorado, U.S.A
Span (in.)
Length (in.)
Wing Area (sq. In.)
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De Thermalizer
29.00 USD
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18.00 USD (Save 38%)

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Quick building precision laser cut hand toss or catapult launch glider. Signature Stevens AeroModel design features interlocking parts and simple thoughtfully engineered construction. Our cambered sheet wing construction eliminates tedious sanding and reduces build time to minutes instead of hours.


The Rookie glider has been tuned to achieve excellent performance in the hands of lower powered throwers and lighter/smaller rubber launchers. The Rookie offers a fun and successful platform that's a bit more simple, stable, and durable than competition class machines. When designing this product we had in mind an entry level pilot operating/practicing out of smaller neighborhood parks. There is no de-thermalizer... thus launch height has been limited in the design to ~30 ft. (which should reduce the chances of losing the glider in lift... though we've had to chase a few of these well over 1/2 mile when such instances occur).

Kit includes:

Pre-cut parts from AAA grade balsa wood to build one Rookie glider
Premium 3/16 in. sport rubber and launch handle
Computer drawn plans with step by step instruction
Flying guide
Ballast material


1/2 oz. Medium CA glue and applicator tips.
A quality wood sealant such as DEFT clear lacquer or thinned nitrate dope is suggested.

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Steve Dold
Jan 12, 2015
It's going to be hard to not make this sound like an ad, but here goes: My 7 year old daughter and I just built this glider. There are a few easy steps that she could do, but I had to do most of it. It's a really good design. It has a sheet balsa wing that is formed into a cambered airfoil with one rib under each wing, and the shape of the wing root at the fuselage. The front half of the fuselage is a sandwich assembly that has a lot of strength and contains two pennies. With no added clay, it's trimmed well for short slow flights. With some added clay, it does better at a higher speed. Its "trim speed" with no clay is a little slow for the catapult launch, but add some clay and some fast long flights can be had. My daughter had a much easier time launching this with the catapult, compared to hand-launching this or other gliders. The tail boom is a little fragile, so keep a bottle of CA glue handy. This is the best-flying small glider design I've ever seen. I was surprised that it seemed to need no trim, warping, etc. I don't know who designed this glider, but you did a really nice job and I think it's well worth the money.

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