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TJ Alexander15/03/2018 15:11:21
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Dipping my toe in the water of building, but limited budget, space, and skills. I've made a simple balsa kit, and I managed (just!) not to glue my fingers together, so now I fancy moving up.

So...recommendations for a simple kit for a klutz to build, that's satisfying and easy to fly. Preferably EP or EP convertible.

What do the panel recommend? All suggestions gratefully received.

Percy Verance15/03/2018 15:24:51
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A little bit more model information might be helpful here, as it'll give us a starting point. For example, might there be a limit on the size and weight of the suggested model? Is there a maximum number of channels you're happy with?

You're obviously not looking for anything over-complex, but there is still a fair choice out there and we'd like to point you in the right direction.

I'd look at the Westwings range of kits. None of them are over-large, with some suitable for novice builders. Some of them are quite suitable for radio too. I'd look at the D B Sport & Scale range too. They have some designs which may be what you're looking for. As well as kits, DB also do Plan Packs. These consist of a plan with many of the main parts of the model already cut out to match the plan and make assembly more straightforward.

There are probably many others too, so I'll let others suggest some......

Edited By Percy Verance on 15/03/2018 15:26:49

Chris Walby15/03/2018 15:26:57
995 forum posts
236 photos

IMHO Cambria fun fighter (**LINK** Simple, easy to build and fly well.

Rob15/03/2018 15:29:08
232 forum posts

Something like a Tomboy is a great build. You can purchase short kits(all the complicated bits pre-cut you just supply the long bits from LMS) from ebay or purchase the kit from a well known supplier or go the whole 9 yards and buy a plan and a stack af balsa and go for the full plan build experience.

TJ Alexander15/03/2018 15:44:15
105 forum posts

Thanks for these suggestions.

I'm not ready for a plan build, and I'm still a wee bit wary of short kits because of lack of knowledge/experience.

I'm not necessarily that fussed about the format of the model, but I only have six channels on my TX. I'd be happy with a 3-ch for starters. I have a penchant for gliders, but I quite like flying the Sig Seniorita in RealFlight 7.5, and something of that nature would be good.

I know I've posted this in Traditional Kits, but I am open to suggestions from a wider arena. I just felt this might be the best place to get advice.

Westwings is a name I've had recommended, and their kits do look well thought out. DB is a new name for me, but I will check it out.

I've seen the Cambria Funfighters on this forum recently, but hadn't realised that they might be a simple build.

Plenty of food for thought.

Nigel R15/03/2018 16:10:51
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Tony Nijhuis' Sky 40 by SLEC.


Pre-rolled electric power train here:

I would suggest the FunFighter is probably best as the one after this one.

Cuban815/03/2018 17:13:19
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A couple of kits from the Balsa Cabin come to mind, very complete kits and inexpensive.**LINK**


Edited By Cuban8 on 15/03/2018 17:13:40

kc15/03/2018 17:46:42
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One of the simplest models to build yet with a really useful flight capability is the Limbo Dancer from SLEC. Kit is available for electric or glow. Very straightforward build with few parts, yet a good size model ( i.e. easy to see)

Or the SLEC Fun Flyer is a good model.

Kit building is not as cheap as building from plans though!

Don Fry15/03/2018 19:07:06
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TJ, what sort of aircraft do you want.

Percy Verance15/03/2018 19:15:53
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Mick Reeves offers (or did offer) a Tomboy kit. I know it isn't where you'd expect to find such a kit, but there you go.......

Edited By Percy Verance on 15/03/2018 19:17:39

Robert Hay 415/03/2018 19:47:43
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I’m a novice builder TJ and just completing a Warbird Replicas Spitfire kit. It is a comprehensive kit and builds into a beautiful model with a minimum of fuss. There are a few threads on this forum detailing the build to a very high standard. I’m not sure Richard Wills (of Warbird Replicas) is still trading but last I heard he had some Spitfire kits still available. May be worth emailing him through the WR website if you are interested in a scale build.

kevin b15/03/2018 21:47:31
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134 photos

How about one of these ?


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Fairly straight forward kit and very reasonably priced. wink 2

Kevin b Airsail Volksplane dept.

ChrisB15/03/2018 21:56:27
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DB Sport and Scale kits

TJ Alexander15/03/2018 22:32:53
105 forum posts

Just following up some links. Airsail and Mick Reeves have websites which are very difficult to navigate, but both have interesting products.

Thanks for all the suggestions. It may take me some time to decide...

kevin b15/03/2018 23:07:30
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134 photos

P.m sent.

Jonathan M16/03/2018 05:52:22
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Posted by TJ Alexander on 15/03/2018 15:11:21:
...recommendations for a simple kit for a klutz to build, that's satisfying and easy to fly...
...Sig Seniorita on RealFlight...

Posted by Nigel R on 15/03/2018 16:10:51:

Tony Nijhuis' Sky 40 by SLEC.


Pre-rolled electric power train here:


From what you indicate about your flying experience, I'd second Nigel's suggestion for the Sky 40... or something very similar like the DB Sport & Scale Mascot **LINK** also with a pre-rolled electric setup **LINK**

Building is hugely satisfying but time-consuming, and you don't want to invest all that time and energy in something that you won't enjoy flying - or could simply crash - at your current skill-level!

TJ Alexander16/03/2018 11:05:23
105 forum posts

Exactly, Jonathan. My previous build was a Chinese cheapie. It fit together well, and glides decently, too. But I'd not have been too upset if I had made a mistake in the build or crashed it flying. It's all about learning the skills for me at the moment., and if I end up with a model I'm going to love flying at the end of it, then that's a major bonus!

Having someone else spec the electronics as a package removes one layer of difficulty as well. I like that idea.

Richard Wood16/03/2018 11:24:02
1094 forum posts
164 photos

Hi TJ,
Some excellent suggestions so far. Another is the Chris Foss Wot 4 - although designed
for IC, electric conversion is straightforward.
The kits are very good quality & are relatively quick to build with veneered foam wings,
pre-cut parts & good instructions.

It is a strong, proven design that flies very well.

Peter Miller16/03/2018 12:47:00
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How about something from here.


Real vintage style models but precut parts

The VIntage Model Company

TJ Alexander16/03/2018 21:00:28
105 forum posts

Nice. I've just looked up the Seniorita, and that seems reasonable.

And I've been looking at the Steve Webb website - So. Many. Kits!

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