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Andrew76724/12/2018 20:33:33
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Just a thought...but what about an Acro Wot?...Fairly simple to ease yourself into building but interesting enough for a B Cert holder to fly.

Andrew

Don Fry24/12/2018 20:48:54
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You haven't said, what size do you fly. You might be aware, the chris wot jobs come in two sizes,

Mind, the larger ones, perhaps big enough to have a bit of supervision to build. Could be expensive and perhaps dangerous mistakes. Have you a potential partner.

Jonathan M25/12/2018 20:18:07
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Neil, do you intend for your first (warbird) kit build for IC or electric?

Not that it makes a lot of difference to the building aspect, just wondering.

Jonathan M25/12/2018 20:19:19
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Posted by Andrew767 on 24/12/2018 20:33:33:

Just a thought...but what about an Acro Wot?...Fairly simple to ease yourself into building but interesting enough for a B Cert holder to fly.

Andrew

Or (as has been mentioned) a Mick Reeves Gangster 63 Lite?

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John Duncker26/12/2018 04:03:05
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An ugly stick is an easy build and not boring to fly. But I don't know if there is anybody in the UK or EU kitting it.

You can get a variety of short kits in the USA but carriage and duty will be significant.

Free plan here **LINK**

and cut your own bits.

Old Geezer26/12/2018 06:30:08
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Just to get into the swing of building a balsa power model, a couple to consider: the Swizzle Stick or the Toot Sweet. Both straight forward builds, pretty strong, and with the right motor on the front should be sufficiently entertaining for most club fliers - and so keep him amused whilst building his warbird. Plans and laser cut wood ( unless he's going to cut all the ribs, formers etc. from the plan himself ) from Sarik (keeping it in the family). There's probably a warbird plan etc that will tick all the boxes for him from the same people..

SIMON CRAGG26/12/2018 07:11:49
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If you want a good building project, its got to be a Ben Buckle kit. They really have stood the test of time, and are generally robust, easy and relaxing to fly. I have a Playboy Senior which is at least 15 years old, and still flies a treat.

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brokenenglish26/12/2018 09:28:58
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Percy, There was a "bad patch" many years ago, but I bought a BB Double Diamond about a year ago and the wood is absolutely superb. As good as I've ever seen in any kit.

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Jonathan M26/12/2018 09:51:24
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The OP has a B Cert and wants to (eventually) build a warbird, so a relatively quick and fairly simple sports-aerobatic kit would presumably be a more desirable and usable first proper build than a stable floater...?

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Peter Miller26/12/2018 10:33:51
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I would suggest going to Pegasus models and looking at their range of Sig kits. Sig kits have brilliant instructions and plans. wood quality is excellent .

I have a couple of lcub members building the Sig Kavalier and they are having no problems at all.

SIMON CRAGG26/12/2018 10:45:31
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Another option would be to do an e.bay / Gumtree / Preloved / trawl for a boxed kit. At present there is a Balsacraft Xtreme (not the lite version), going for £30.00. If it has got to be a Warbird, then there are several Cambrian funfighters boxed, for around the £45.00 mark. If he is a "B" standard then a funfighter should be witthin his capabilities.

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Old Geezer26/12/2018 13:42:16
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OK - for real fun if he's got the right motor ( all suggestions gratefully received ) what about the Panic from JP, the kit's just been re-released, or a little less extreme from Seagull their Challenger 40. Both kits comprise lasered components so everything fits without further trimming/sanding - in fact should fit together like a Swiss watch.

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Jonathan M26/12/2018 19:07:41
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Or the Mini-Panic which one can still get from Avicraft, which has no plan, just instructions (and a video online), but proper spar-and-ribs wing, etc, and supposed to go together fast with just CA before covering with film - so all the basic skills in a small but quick build to cut his teeth.

kevin b26/12/2018 19:25:15
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Lots of helpful advice on here Neil !

Also lots of opinions on models and kits.

You like warbirds, so why not look round for semi-scale warbirds. Start off with what the kit manufactures have to offer, then the short kit producers and finally the plan builds.

Then you can look on the internet for build logs for your short list. Although kits don't come complete (covering, motors, wheels, etc) They are usually good value for someone who hasn't got build experience and the long standing manufacturers are still here for a good reason.

Regarding advice as to a particular model. Don't build a Spitfire !!!

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