So, this LOOTM is a little different . . . .
I'm teaching high school Aerospace Technologies, and have been looking at a lot of flying models. That's how I found some rabid slope soaring fliers in South Africa. They had taken a free set of plans for a MiG-7 flying model, modified them to eliminate the engine and turned them into high-speed gliders. Then they used a couple of outstanding slopes with strong winds and, well, the rest you can see for yourself. They fly formation and combat, and aren't afraid to get their MiGs banged up a bit.
In case you don't grind through all 177 pages of their thread, here are some of the highlights:
Wingspan - ~4+ feet
Weight - ~5+ pounds
Payload - 3 Go Pro cameras
Speed - 60+ knots!
Material - Correx
(corrugated plastic used for small roadside signs)
On the first page you'll find a variety of videos cut to music. Some of the air-to-air is the best I've seen in a long time. And don't miss the many fantastic schemes these guys lavish on their aircraft. I'm building one, but in the original size (~3 feet) using foam board instead of Correx. I wanted something lighter for weak soaring conditions--and NO combat.
The LOOTM for September
The MiG-7 Slope Soaring Gliders