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Nigel Finch11/06/2014 18:53:42
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Well know there have been threads on here but any new thoughts welcome. Am with a really great club learning on electric.

Have been told the next step is not a huge distance away and should look at a low wing plane. It been suggested over a high wing and IC is the way I want to go as there are some big gusts at the site and lots of wind.

looked at threads and names keep coming up,

Pulse 40, Black Horse speed air, Black Horse Renegade and Seagull

Any words off wisdom or personal experience would be gratefully received. It's my birthday soon and looking to spend my birthday money on something to inspire me and push me forward to be at the level to start training on it.


thanks all



Edited By Nigel Finch on 11/06/2014 18:55:24

Edited By Nigel Finch on 11/06/2014 18:57:12

john stones 111/06/2014 19:33:00
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Add spacewalker in there and no doubt a few others Nigel and you have plenty choice. My advice is they are all good, it's your birthday cake pick the one that appeals to you. I've flown them all because I do a bit of teaching, if you pushed me I would say Spacewalker.


Nigel Finch11/06/2014 19:44:13
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Thanks John will take a look. Forgot to put Calmato 40 on the list

David Davis11/06/2014 19:51:14
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Calmato Sport 60 or Acrowot.

Tony Bennett11/06/2014 19:56:43
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soar 40 from HK if you can find one.

Paul Marsh11/06/2014 19:57:42
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Seagull Sport 40, Calamato 40, Seagull Spacewalker or Pulse XT.

Edited By Paul Marsh on 11/06/2014 19:59:24

Percy Verance11/06/2014 20:37:10
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The Hangar 9 Pulse 40XT is a truly superb model, and isn't too difficult to handle. However, I'd advise anyone who wasn't confident of their piloting ability to steer well clear of it, because it won't stand rough handling. It isn't constructed at all strongly, and a less than perfect touch down will almost certainly rip the undercarriage clean off. The Pulse has sheer Hangar 9 quality in spades, but it ain't built to take knocks.

Then what would I recommend? Without doubt, that Seagull low wing job, or possibly even an Acrowot.

Edited By Percy Verance on 11/06/2014 20:39:25

David Burrows11/06/2014 21:24:59
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One of my first low wing models was a crescent bullet now reproduced by ripmax powered by an asp 40 its a good strong plane and can handle the wind

Edited By David Burrows on 11/06/2014 21:26:59

Bill_B11/06/2014 21:27:24
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Another vote for the Acro Wot, the ARTF version is great value and it might even be worth your while converting it to electric power seeing as you're already used to that sort of propulsion system.

Paul Jefferies11/06/2014 21:42:00
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No contest....... Acrowot every time!smile With a 40 engine and reduced control throws it is very docile and well behaved but in the right hands is it capable of pretty well any aerobatics the pilot is capable of. In my book it is an all time great.


iqon11/06/2014 21:49:09
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renegade, had no regrets.......wink

john melia 111/06/2014 21:51:21
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I've mentioned this a few times in other posts, and its the spacewalker, absolute peach to fly, and very forgiving

Steve Hargreaves - Moderator11/06/2014 21:57:10
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+1 for a Soar40 from HK if you can find one. Fit a 52 & have some cheap uncomplicated fun.....flies as if on rails, cost nowt & practically lands itself....

You just have to put up with the rather lurid colour scheme....wink 2

The Wright Stuff12/06/2014 11:03:11
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I went with the Speed Air, and didn't regret it. It's superbly stable: flies as if it's on rails (to use a terrible cliche) and is aerobatic enough to keep you interested. It even looks great. I think there is a new (red) version out now...

I maidened it myself and the first flight was uneventful... It's also very stable on the ground, with a good undercarriage and no tendency to veer off course. Ground handling is often overlooked, but they are quite important when building confidence when taking off and landing...

To be honest, though, there's such a large range of planes like these at the moment, all good, that it really does just come down to personal preference in the end.

cymaz12/06/2014 11:15:19
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+1 for the Seagull Spacewalker. Plus any of the above, you are spoilt for choice laugh

Edited By cymaz on 12/06/2014 11:16:18

Bob Cotsford12/06/2014 11:28:08
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Soar 40 has a lot going for it, but my personal favourite would be a kit built Acrowot, or maybe look at the Maddog Designs Hammerheads? At least you could be sure of manufacturer support with that one.

The Acrowot kit is pretty simple and quick to build, the Hammerhead looks similar so either would be a good intro to building.

Jon Laughton12/06/2014 11:39:45
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Acrowot - either the ARTF, electric Foam-e or even better the build your own from the ARTB kit!

Cuban812/06/2014 11:44:46
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The only thing I'd say is to be clear on what you want the model to do and how you want your flying to develop. If you can confidently throw your high wing trainer about in loops and rolls, then a Spacewalker (excellent model) will be no challenge to you and after a half a dozen flights you'll be wanting more.

Any parallel chord low winger, particularly the retro style ones with very conservative wing sections and moderate power will send you to sleep on the sticks and you'll think you're still flying a trainer.

Don't be afraid of being a little more adventurous; there's no magic involved in flying a low winger if you are confident with a trainer - you don't need the lightening reflexes of a hot shot pilot, so don't hamstring yourself with a model that's far too easy. The Acrowot is the one to go for in the first instance as it can be set up as a fairly responsive trainer, but as you get used to it, the throws, CG and power can be modified to give you a challenge. You'll wonder what all the fuss was about.

Edited By Cuban8 on 12/06/2014 11:46:50

Lee Smalley12/06/2014 12:16:44
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without knowing your abilities i would never recommend an Acrowot, bullet or similar, great as they are, i would always recommend the Calmato 60 or 40 (pref the 60) great choice for second model will do all the normal aeros with very little effort very precise with that long moment arm, and a very low wing loading to get you out of trouble when you wrong stick it, the bigger size gives you more visibility higher up whilst you are practising the aeros and can fly very very slowly, i have been flying for 25 years and teaching for about 20 of those so trust me when i say, it depends on your abilities really, but if in doubt a calmato 60 will never be a bad choice.

G-YRUS12/06/2014 13:08:30
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I feel I was only in this situation a short while ago and this was something I wish I had help with then as it wasted so much of my time. If your an electric flyer I would recommend a Kyosho Calmato Sport if they are available. No bad habits, versatile and aerobatic. Negative aspects, silly abs spats and cowl a bit delicate, a little slippery on landing on a still day and it is lightish so windy days can be uncomfortable as it gets tossed around but I have flown mine in up to about 14mph and still in one piece after nearly 3 years of hack flying.

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