Peck ROG Review by Bill Kuhl http://www.scienceguy.org
After building a simple rubber powered free flight plane like the Squirrel, AMA Cub, or Denny Dart a good next step model plane would be a R.O.G. airplane. ROG stands for Rise – Off – Ground which means that a two wheel landing gear is included. This adds little to the complication of the plane but often this type of plane has a curved airfoil and the structure might be lighter than the most basic model plane kits.
The “Peck ROG” has been available for many years but recently has been updated to include some laser-cut parts. Curved laser-cut ribs are included as an option so the wing can be built with flat airfoil or with a curved surface using the curved ribs which was the option I chose. Curved ribs might improve performance slightly but makes covering slightly more difficult. This is most likely the least expensive “ROG” model plane kit which presently is around $5 US.
Construction is almost as simple as the raw beginner planes but the flying surfaces are built from 1/16” square balsa which will break very easily if you are not careful when building the model and handling after construction is done. Smaller wood sizes should be mean lighter weight and better flying performance. Besides the plans there is another sheet of instructions.
This plane can be flown indoors or outside in very light wind. I had built this kit several years ago and lost it. If the Peck ROG should fly into thermal air currents it can easily fly out of sight. At the price of this kit that could be considered “a cheap thrill”.