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Greg Watkiss23/05/2013 18:46:20
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Can anybody recommend a good online site that sells RC aircraft kits. I have had a hunt through lots of online retailers but most just sell the RTF, BNF, etc models. I am look for a good kit that comes in a box with all/most materials for the build but without the electrics.

Any ideas!

Regards, Greg

kc23/05/2013 18:56:24
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DB Sport & Scale , SLEC . Mick Reeves, Chris Foss, Ben Buckle, MyHobbyStores / Giant Shark, Pegasus. depending on what you want.

The above sell mainly their own make which are not always available from shops.  Retailers like Steve Webb etc sell a range of other brands.

Edited By kc on 23/05/2013 19:11:40

NigelH23/05/2013 18:58:13
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Two places worth visiting are Sussex Model Centre and Al's Hobbies. Both are reputable wih generally reasonable prices and good after sales support.

You didn't make it clear what you meant by 'all/most materials for the build' but they both sell kits (bits of wood to glue together) and ARTFs (which are mostly assembled).

kc23/05/2013 19:24:27
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A complete novice needs a trainer to start, something like the SLEC Sky 40 or Chris Foss Uno Wot ( see his electric conversion page too )

For IC a DB Mascot or Ben Buckle Bushwacker or Super Sixty. ( these could be converted to electric too )

Today several people gave advice to a beginner under the heading "Engine or Electric for a Westerley"   The info might help you too.   Ask for any further help or anything that is not clear.

Edited By kc on 23/05/2013 19:38:00

Dwain Dibley.24/05/2013 00:01:54
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These kits are good and simple to build, for I/C or Leccy, I built the Marchetti...Leccy.


Stephen Grigg24/05/2013 01:49:13
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Try to be more specific as to your needs so a better guidence can be made.Are you looking for an ARTF or traditional kit to build

john melia 124/05/2013 08:12:01
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i think he's looking for a builders kit , judging by his op

Andrew Ray24/05/2013 08:39:52
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Posted by john melia 1 on 24/05/2013 08:12:01:

i think he's looking for a builders kit , judging by his op

....and what type? Vintage, sport, aerobatic, warbird etc.

Peter Miller24/05/2013 08:44:04
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Pegasus have a very big range including kits that other don't stock such as Sig. Balsa USA etc

Alan Wood24/05/2013 09:09:55
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Full kits are kind of dead now, there's so many CNC plan packs that you get a better choice that way.

kc24/05/2013 11:04:15
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If you look at Greg's profile you will see he says he is a newcomer to RC, therefore we should be recomending trainers.

Full kits are not dead but few in number for trainer models. Plan packs dont contain all the little bits you need, so it's much better to avoid them as a first model. Once you know what to select then move onto plans & plan packs. The tank, wheels and other bits from a full kit can be reused on the second or subsequent model.

The Sig kits ( Pegasus or Steve Webb ) although a bit expensive may well be a good start as the instructions and fittings are so comprehensive. In any case search for the online instruction manual and see exactly how a model is built even if you choose another make.

My advice is to read the books by Peter Miller and also David Boddington to get into aeromodelling. Bear in mind that developments in electric flight and also 2.4Ghz have been so rapid recently that all the available books are a bit out of date on this aspect, but all the other info is still valid.

Spikey24/05/2013 13:33:48
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Ref the MyHobbyStore plan packs mentioned above, my experience of them is limited to £43-worth of RCME "Mini Tyro" complete pack I got a couple of weeks ago. Based on that, and also on a very interesting conversation I had yesterday with the proprietor of a model shop, I'd caution you against expecting such a plan to be free of errors and the cutting of the wood to be all correct ...

Ton van Munsteren25/05/2013 10:18:59
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Hi Greg,

If you like building your own models from a kit just check the RBCkits site there are lots of very nice kits. **LINK**

Like this trainer model

If you like a trainer with the looks of a scale model check out the Monoprep


bouncebounce crunch25/05/2013 11:13:19
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I just had a browse through the link Ton posted in search of the Monoprep and must say, what a beauty of a model, I also liked the idea of the build steps being on cd. Best idea i have seen in a long time.

Thanks Ton.

Jon Laughton25/05/2013 18:38:23
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Try Steve Webb models - search in Google. If you need help call them and ask! They're truly superb..


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