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Old Dec 07, 2014, 07:52 PM
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Best balsa kit to start with?

Hello everyone ive been flying for a while but have never made a balsa kit. I want to build the Top Flite 84.5" P-51 Mustang. Now i know i need to work up to it but where do i start a buddy told me to build a 60" warbird kit to start. But, at the same time ive been told otherwise in your opition what should i start with.

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Old Dec 07, 2014, 08:56 PM
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Perhaps among the inputs are concerns that you don't know yet whether you will enjoy building or not and a difficult build might break the spirit before you find the real answer. For that reason, I'd suggest staying clear of hard builds until you know your passions will see you through those difficult builds.
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Perhaps among the inputs are concerns that you don't know yet whether you will enjoy building or not and a difficult build might break the spirit before you find the real answer. For that reason, I'd suggest staying clear of hard builds until you know your passions will see you through those difficult builds.

Valid point
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Old Dec 07, 2014, 09:15 PM
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I'm working on a sig kadet senior kit. Although it's my first kit I am feeling pretty good about the progress and I'm making a few mods to it just to make it my own. For a first kit I think it's a pretty good balance of being easy enough for a beginner while still teaching a little more traditional type of construction than some of the ply sided fuse type kits. If you want something a little sportier maybe one of the 4 stars or one of the goldberg tigers would be better. Here's some pics of mine just don't mind the mess!
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Old Dec 07, 2014, 09:29 PM
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I'm working on a sig kadet senior kit. Although it's my first kit I am feeling pretty good about the progress and I'm making a few mods to it just to make it my own. For a first kit I think it's a pretty good balance of being easy enough for a beginner while still teaching a little more traditional type of construction than some of the ply sided fuse type kits. If you want something a little sportier maybe one of the 4 stars or one of the goldberg tigers would be better. Here's some pics of mine just don't mind the mess!
Great looking build. And i could never mind a mess now my fiance might when i start a kit ........... yea
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Old Dec 07, 2014, 09:51 PM
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Sig, Carl Goldberg, GreatPlanes, TopFlite, Midwest, and many more are great kits... each manufacturer shares many techniques, while each has their own style and tech stuff in the manual.

A TopFlite Giant P-51 is a pretty big undertaking for a first kit for anybody.... but so is a 60" warbird... with the building of any of these types of kits there are many options and accessories to ponder, and decisions to make along the way... not to mention the money that can be tied up in one... A Giant P-51 can easily run well over a thousand bucks, and take a hundred hours to build, and thats if you have experience. The landing gear options alone can be several hundred bucks.. doesn't have to be, but I'm just sayin....

GreatPlanes, TopFlite, and I think even Midwest(not sure though on it though).. have a few nice smaller warbirds.... stuff within the 60" category... with the GreatPlanes version being more entry level, and the TopFlite being closer to a scale model....

To get your feet wet though, as someone stated, get a Sig Four-Star(54 or 64 I think).. or a Tiger 2.... this is if you have some low-wing experience.... if you need a trainer then a Kadet, or an Eagle 2 work very well for trainers... not only in the learning to fly area.... but these are great trainers in the building area too... excellent first time kits...

FYI also... the bigger the plane.. the bigger the mess... smaller planes and stuff are much easier to build/store/transport/hide(did I say that??)... Good luck.
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Sig, Carl Goldberg, GreatPlanes, TopFlite, Midwest, and many more are great kits... each manufacturer shares many techniques, while each has their own style and tech stuff in the manual.

A TopFlite Giant P-51 is a pretty big undertaking for a first kit for anybody.... but so is a 60" warbird... with the building of any of these types of kits there are many options and accessories to ponder, and decisions to make along the way... not to mention the money that can be tied up in one... A Giant P-51 can easily run well over a thousand bucks, and take a hundred hours to build, and thats if you have experience. The landing gear options alone can be several hundred bucks.. doesn't have to be, but I'm just sayin....

GreatPlanes, TopFlite, and I think even Midwest(not sure though on it though).. have a few nice smaller warbirds.... stuff within the 60" category... with the GreatPlanes version being more entry level, and the TopFlite being closer to a scale model....

To get your feet wet though, as someone stated, get a Sig Four-Star(54 or 64 I think).. or a Tiger 2.... this is if you have some low-wing experience.... if you need a trainer then a Kadet, or an Eagle 2 work very well for trainers... not only in the learning to fly area.... but these are great trainers in the building area too... excellent first time kits...

FYI also... the bigger the plane.. the bigger the mess... smaller planes and stuff are much easier to build/store/transport/hide(did I say that??)... Good luck.
Thank you very much i understand the costs and time just was wondering the ideas you had and haha i like that
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here's a good lil plane too get ya started! http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXJ571&P=0

it is more of a sport model then "WARBIRD" so will be a bit easier too build, yet still getting your feet wet so too speak!
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Old Dec 08, 2014, 09:11 AM
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I well let you know I have 3 builds under my belt
original ugly stick
a FU Corsair
and a 40 size P-51
I am working on a GS TF P-51 rite now
I am here to tell you this thing is NO JOKE........
I would say get at least one easier build under you before you take on such a big build.
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here's a good lil plane too get ya started! http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXJ571&P=0

it is more of a sport model then "WARBIRD" so will be a bit easier too build, yet still getting your feet wet so too speak!
Perfect!.. very cool recomendation.

and yeah... Black hearts example show the TF Giant 51 is a "BIG GUN"... its a monster.... which is a very cool thing too.. but might/could be overwhelming for a first plane.

That is a nice plane there Black heart... keep up the nice work...
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So maybe a trainer and the p-51 that whiskykid suggested? I understand i need to get my feet wet and thats what i want to do
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Yea, except, if you have been flying, then you do not need a trainer, you need a "sport" plane

Circles us back to the Four Stars.
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yup what Dad Roman said, you don't need a nitro trainer!

if you can handle a foamy with ailerons, then go with the GP Mustang, sig four star! or Tiger!

all good first time balsa kits! I can vouch for the Great Planes and the Sig kits, both are a like a lesson in building RC kits!
only Goldberg kit I have built was the Super Chipmunk( two of those ) great kits though!
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yup what Dad Roman said, you don't need a nitro trainer!

if you can handle a foamy with ailerons, then go with the GP Mustang, sig four star! or Tiger!

all good first time balsa kits! I can vouch for the Great Planes and the Sig kits, both are a like a lesson in building RC kits!
only Goldberg kit I have built was the Super Chipmunk( two of those ) great kits though!
haha i know i dont need a trainer but my fiance is saying shed like to try and my alpha 40 i bought second hand so its a bit beat up
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AH! the picture gets a lil clearer!

the wifey want's a plane! in that case you want a SIG Kadet Lt 25! laser cut kit, a how too in building RC!
quick build and a nice looking plane!
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