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Spice Cat19/05/2012 22:13:42
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Bit like a poll question really.

But what is your favoured wingspan for a single engine model. I prefer in the range of about 72"

Stands out well and for those with hands like shovels; easy to build.

Your thoughts please.

Alan Cantwell19/05/2012 22:57:12
3039 forum posts

i love my bigger birds, but things like the 88" topflite corsair are a 30lb LUMP to cart around, and dont mention hangar rash!!!! my 72" warbirds are much easier, and still have that "presence" and look good down the field, tomorow, i am going to give my 120 size kyosho TA152 a fly, its 84", but the wing is the high altitude version, its superb

mind you, i hope also to be witnessing the first taxi--and maybe flight trials of a certian 4 turbine 20ft Vulcan, i cant even pick the wing up with that one!!! ive tried

Andrew Ray19/05/2012 22:59:20
760 forum posts
19 photos

I like gliders around the 4m span, they fly well and are easy to transport. I have a Taylorcraft of 80" span and it flies beautifully. I guess my answer would be the bigger the better purely due to the fact that bigger models generally fly better.


Martin Harris19/05/2012 23:25:33
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242 photos

Will it fit in my car and can I get it through the noise test? Almost without exception, the bigger the model the better and more realistically it flies.

However, I've had an immense amount of fun and satisfaction from sub-40 inch models such as 1/12 scale combat, foamy 3Ds and the odd quirky little model like my tailless "Amy".

And many in between...

Edited By Martin Harris on 19/05/2012 23:26:06

Major20/05/2012 02:34:48
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213 photos

I flew some planes, from eRC Micro Spitfire to FMS Cessna 182.... Of course bigger means better, but wingspan I love currently the most is huge 22 inch - Sharkfacecheeky ... Shift+R improves the quality of this image. Shift+A improves the quality of all images on this page.. This is the most amazing plane I ever had!

Bob Cotsford20/05/2012 09:40:12
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454 photos

Around 60-65" makes for a practical size to transport and store, but my 80" King Altair does fly more smoothly and is easier to see in the air, it's just a pain to cart around. 50" or less is a better size for playing silly buggers as these size models make smaller holes and take less digging out.

Cyclicscooby20/05/2012 12:51:00
874 forum posts
531 photos

WOW... You like them big so far.. !! It's all relative I suppose

30" is my preferred size.. Much bigger would be a real pain to move about...

Models that can be made from foam, fit on my bench and run off a 3s basically...

I'd still love to build and fly a bigger plane tho.. 50-60" would be just about do-able, but only one of them..


Chrisie.. xx

Tony Bennett20/05/2012 20:31:24
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62" for me

as thats what will just in the back of my car with the rear seats folded down.


Martin Harris20/05/2012 21:01:33
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242 photos

106" Cub fits easily in my Astra - but it's a 2 piece wing and the fuselage is the critical component.

Alan Cantwell20/05/2012 21:12:48
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your not trying, my lad got a 42% giles---in a corsa!!!

Martin Harris20/05/2012 21:21:09
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242 photos

You haven't seen what else I can get in as well for a decent flying session!

Cyclicscooby21/05/2012 13:13:20
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Posted by Alan Cantwell on 20/05/2012 21:12:48:

your not trying, my lad got a 42% giles---in a corsa!!!

!! Surely you mean ON a Corsa...

My model room is also my storage room, and there simply isn't the floor space to put a massive model.. !! I've got 5 hanging, plus 2 on shelves, 2x UMX boxes, 2x Bell230 Heli's on shelves, and with the tools and spares and materials, i'm all out of room....

The garage is a heavy-duty dirty workshop, and full.. The other spare room is a cat chill-out zone / play pen...


Chrisie.. xx

Martyn Johnston21/05/2012 13:24:02
811 forum posts
249 photos

This is only the second balsa model I've ever built.

3.4m Grunau Baby ii (build log here if anyone's interested).

Martin Harris21/05/2012 13:31:36
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Hey Chrisie - you're in the unusual position of being SWMBO instead of being subject to SWMBO's edicts! The house shoud be your oyster...

I'm allowed the spare bedroom - but woe betide me if I start to overspill onto the landing or into the living room/kitchen (when she's at home wink) and (since buying her a shed for the garden equipment) free rein in my garage/workshop.

Mind you, the old (slightly distorted) truism that models expand to fit the available space applies very much in my case!

Cyclicscooby21/05/2012 13:40:57
874 forum posts
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How do you get that thru the house, even a wing at a time... !!

I'd have broken that fragile looking TE about 3 times by the time i'd got to the door.. !!


Chrisie.. xx

Alan Cantwell21/05/2012 18:49:23
3039 forum posts

no Chrissie, i do mean IN the corsa, bit of a tale really, he was invited to fly in Top Gun, down at rougham in bury st edmunds, i could not go, so i arranged to take his plane in my estate, down to good mate Ian Redshaws gaff, i also went down for it, to bring it home, a round trip of 280 miles, got it home, and then he did it, HEY DAD, come look, he had taken off the removable rudder, the unboltable undercart, flatted the front seat down, and it was in, how good, said daddythinking

Allan Bowker22/05/2012 14:00:59
1627 forum posts
227 photos

60" to 80"

Pete B - Moderator22/05/2012 14:21:24
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I can just get my 76" span Cub wing in the Passat estate. Prefer 60" upwards as the bigger they come, the better they fly - unfortunately, I've got to be realistic about flying site, cost etc! smile


buster prop22/05/2012 19:09:06
491 forum posts
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It's small planes for me as well. I have a (very) small hangar/workshop which is already full of planes, books, tools and spares. Most of my planes are 36-40" span electric with a couple of micros and some small helis. I also have a WOT4 Foamie (47 inches span) and a WW Orion-E glider (59 inches span) but the one-piece wing for that is suspended under a shelf. No way can I fit in some of the humungous monster planes I read about on here or see sometimes at the field. I'm sure they fly superbly but just aren't practical for me.

Edited By buster prop on 22/05/2012 19:09:44

Edited By buster prop on 22/05/2012 19:10:40

Mystar22/05/2012 19:48:53
64 forum posts
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I am limited to what i can get in the car so 2m or 78 inches is my max. but i do agree the bigger they are the better they fly. I have a 72 inch Mustang that look great in the air.

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