I read through this article and thouight I was back in 1980....I sent a rebuttal to Tom Beach for publishing in sport rocketry with the current available R/C rocket glider kits available on the market, you might find this interesting as well. Not a plug, just letting people know there is a lot out there now, more than ever before. Tom, I just read the article in sport rocketry about beginer r/c rocket gliders. Unfortunately it gives the impression there aren't any RC rocket glider kits out there, and also gives the impression that you need to scratch build from plans or convert a kit. North coast rocketry, JH aerospace, and Dynasoar rocketry all make excellent easy to build kits that would serve people wanting to try their hand at RC rocket gliders, and have for several years. In fact this i one of the best times to try R/C rocket gliders if you have been considering it. Currently available kits: North Coast North Hawk, 18mm micro R/C boost glider(soon to be discontinued) Dynasoar Rocketry: All sport flyers for 24mm E-6 longburn motors, cardboard tube and foam wing/tail surfaces, for std receiver and 2 9 gram servos, painting not required, very easy assembly) Space Transporter America(classic upscale) 38” long, 2.6” diameter 23” wingspan Avro Arrow (Semi Scale kit), 34” long, 23.5” wingspan, 2” diameter Draken(Retri sci-fi) 32” long, 23” wingspan 2.6” diameter Aurora Clipper (sci-fi) 36” long, 23” wingspan, 2” diameter X-15 Delta Configuration (proposed modification to X-15) 36” length, 20” wingspan, 2.6” diameter Iron Cross(ww1 styled rocket plane) 34” length, 23” wingspan, 2.6” diameter YF-12 (semi-scale SR-71 interceptor) 41” length, 20” wingspan, 1.6” diameter Orbital Pegasus XL (semi-scale). 38” length, 23” wingspan, 2.6” diameter JH Aerospace: primarily wood built up models, some using unique mechanisms for wing deployment. 13mm, 18mm, and 24mm models: Carbonette 12: 12" span micro RC boost glider for 1/2A-A BG, uses 2.4 GHz receiver bricks. Carbonette 19: 19" span micro RC boost glider/discus glider for B-C BG, uses 2.4 GHz receiver bricks. Swingshot: 25" span micro RC swing wing rocket glider for B-C RG, uses 2.4 GHz receiver bricks Firefeather: 30" span mini RC sailplane for electric soaring, discus launch glider, or C-D RG, uses 18mm motors (AT 18 C2.3 and D3 reloads preferred). Evo Fire: 1.5m span F3K sailplane with 24mm motor mount. Flies best on Quest D5 motors. This is a proper soaring machine that requires good radio programming and rewards careful pilots with the best soaring capabilities of any current production rocket glider available in the US. It is NOT a beginner's airplane because the build is complex and the speed envelope is extremely wide. Previous available kits that may still be found NIB that were designed as R/C rocket gliders: Phoenix by Aerotech(uses 32mm reloadable casing, discontinuted casing, can be adapted for 29mm motors. High performance for experienced pilots. Estes Sweet V for 24mm motors Pod and boom V tailed sailplane design. Estes Astro Blaster for 24mm motors, originally poor performance with available components, should be better with newer long burn motors and micro components. Estes Strato Blaster for 24mm motors. Twin boom design can be a bit fragile on hard landings. Hobbylab SR-71 for 24mm E-15P and E-20-P motors.(high speed boost, fragile foam neck, mechanically mised tray slider with old servos and batteries, free flight can be converted with newer components. Cuda: built up 24mm high performance model. Edmonds Arcie: roll control only simple model to boost and fly. R&R Models Delta Star(there may be a few versions of this) based on the RC modeler Lady Hawk plans. Higher boost speeds, wood built up delta winged model.