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Del Wheatley15/05/2012 17:57:04
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Evening all

I'm after suggestions for a first low wing kit.I'm looking for about a 60" wing span and a tail dragger.It's going to be ic with a 4 stroke up front.

I've been learning with a high wing trainer on a tricicle u/c so want to move on towards being good enough to fly a nice spitfire.

Thanks in advance for any tips


Bob Cotsford15/05/2012 18:01:58
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Acrowot - you really can't go far wrong with one of these, mine must be well over 20 years old (well, parts of it anyway) and it is still one of my all time favourites

Alan Cantwell15/05/2012 18:14:25
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you dont say if you want to build it, or go ARTF, if its a build, leading onto a spitifre, then its deffo an acrowot, if its an ARTF, then its deffo an acrowot---when its released

Del Wheatley15/05/2012 18:45:27
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oops i should have said that i want to build it (thats more fun than flying)

Just looked at the acrowot,it looks the job but it's got foam wings or do they do a version that is completely build yourself?

Codename-John15/05/2012 18:54:37
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If you want an ARTF to practise with while your building I can recommend the AIR series by Black Horse, speed, super, or travel Air, cheap as chips and fly great as a first low winger

Alan Cantwell15/05/2012 20:41:07
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the acrowot may be a foam wing, but at least there are building skills, only problem is the cost of the thing!!

Dean15/05/2012 20:52:30
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Hi Del,

I am just finishing building a Sig four star 60, This will be my first low wing model.

Its 71" span I am fitting a .65 two stroke engine. tail dragger to!

Fully built up wing and has gone together like a big 3d jigsaw puzzle the instructions are fantastic too with plenty of photos.

I got mine from Sussex Model Centre for just over £100 which i didn't think was to bad a price for a kit.

The four star 40 is slightly smaller 60" span for .40 size two strokes


Edited By Dean on 15/05/2012 20:54:10

Jon Laughton16/05/2012 07:11:03
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Acrowot deluxe with cowl - easy to build and a good model to build your confidence. Start on low rates with expo and you'll not go far wrong. I put and OS 55 in mine and it flies very well indeed. Had a few prangs and it repairs easily...

Carboncopy make carbon extras such as a cowl, u/c and canopy. I've retrofitted these for a bbit of extra bling but I was thinking at one time of completely recovering in a WW II USAF scheme as the model has an air of the P51 about it...


Philip Ogden16/05/2012 08:42:31
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The Priory Models Silhouette would be an excellent model, £75 and a superb flyer.,Usually seen at the bigger shows including the Nationals or a scout through the classified ads. may find them.

Edited By Philip Ogden on 16/05/2012 08:44:56

Steve Hargreaves - Moderator16/05/2012 08:59:00
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Is it a kit or a plan build you fancy Del? Might the Astro Hog be on interest.....? A bit retro but a superb flyer by all accounts & well suited to a 4 stroke at the pointy end......there are a few being built in the build section....

Tony Bennett16/05/2012 09:02:26
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pick up the agritug plan, its for electric.

50inch span.

Allan Bowker16/05/2012 12:41:07
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Hangar 9 Pulse XT 60 (or XT40) is an ideal first low winger too, worth checking out!

Bob Cotsford16/05/2012 15:03:03
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for KITS with built up wings have a browse of Pegasus Models they carry a range of kits including Balsa USA and Sig products

Martin Harris16/05/2012 15:06:25
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Posted by Tony Bennett on 16/05/2012 09:02:26:

pick up the agritug plan, its for electric.

50inch span.

Nice try Tony but Del's obviously a man with soul - hasn't just specified i.c. but specifically a 4 stroke!

Have you considered a plan build? The world would be your oyster and it doesn't need to be too difficult if you choose something with a constant chord - ribs can be done by the sandwich method fairly quickly.

Or how about Mr Whittaker's Jitterbug CNC pack?

cymaz17/05/2012 09:14:15
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Sig kits are great

colin nolan17/05/2012 10:18:15
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I can't recommend the Acrowot highly enough.Mine's done well over 400 flights,it's fitted with a Saito 72FS and flies just great.It's an easy build,being just a box fuselage with the curves sanded in,and foam wings.It flies well in all winds,being heavier than an ARTF,and really does instil a great deal of confidence.If you want to go the ARTF route I would recommend the LA Racer from Steve Webbs.I preferred the Racer to the Super Air that I had.Just personal preference really,as they both flew well.With reference to Cymaz post...My experience of Sig kits is also good.

Concorde Speedbird07/06/2012 23:35:39
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Hello all, I'm new to this. Del, an Acro Wot is brilliant, but you can also do what I did and get a SLEC Funfly (originally Precedent). 54 inch span, built up wing. Engine recommendations are 25-40 2-stroke but you could quite easily get a 45 four stroke on the front. I maidened mine yesterday, on an MDS 38 2 stroke- it's brilliant. Stunning vertical performance, coped very well with heavy, turbulent winds. It is the first plane I have built, and owned, and I am just a teenager so it is not too tricky. I can't tell you much more, since Dad did take off and landing this time. So if you haven't got a Acro Wot or a Sig, take a look at this on SLEC's website (sorry I don't know how to do links-google SLEC Funfly, top link) Any of these planes will be brilliant.

ken anderson.08/06/2012 09:45:18
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1st.... the funfly above...with the rudder extended and the dihedral taken out of the wing -will knife edge from one end to the other........

2nd....the about to be released ARTF acrowot....... a buy the kit and finish the same would cost circa £200.00 ....the ARTF is going to be circa £140 .00 ...

ken anderson ne..1 recomended dept....

Reno Racer08/06/2012 10:02:15
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If you pay postage from Germany (or through British Forces Post Office) you can have my Galaxy Magician for £25.

Just needs your engine and tank. Servos are already fitted. Its had about 40 flights and in very good condition. I converted to electric,but without modifying he airframe.

Now its sat in the corner of the attic workshop, looking for a new home.

Del Wheatley08/06/2012 10:37:36
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys,much appreiciated.I was just about to order the sig 4 star 60 when i found out i'd won the basic 3d kit off of here so that has made this decision for me.

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