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Old Jan 17, 2010, 11:02 AM
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Nitro Plane's Seniorita - WOW!

Although I posted this in the "Seniorita" thread in the "For Sale" section, I felt it deserved a spot of its own in Park Flyers.

My Initial Assessment of Nitro Plane's Seniorita:

Nitro Planes is offering what appears to be the Sig Seniorita ARF for $79.00 plus shipping from California via UPS. I took the bait and bought one on 1/10/10 and it was at my door at the end of the week on 1/15 - all the way across the country to NJ for the grand total of $102.55 with shipping!

My real question was, "...what could possibly be the quality of a $79.00 Seniorita from Nitro Planes that Sig sells for $199.00?" After opening the box and closely examining the contents, I can only say, "WOW"! This is an absolutely well-built Seniorita at what can only be considered one of the bargains of the year. I really didn't need another "trainer" but I like this plane's size (63" wing span) and the Seniorita is well known for being a great slow flier, which is what I like. And to tell the truth, I think of trainers more as having 3-channel operation, while this is a 4-channel plane with ailerons.

Upon examination of all built-up and covered structures after opening the box, I was delighted to see a superb job on all built-up surfaces. Even the ailerons are pre hinged and move very nicely with no binding whatsoever and with close tolerance to the wing. The covering is top notch, with no sags or wrinkles, and the pin striping is flawless. Simply put, the quality of this plane for $79 is amazing!

Without doubt, it was made to sell as the Sig Seniorita, so I guess this plane as received must be considered "gray market". All references to Sig (well, almost all, but NOT all) have been either painted over (box cover), taped over (instruction booklet), or cut out (decal sheet, but only the Sig insignias - all other decals are in tact). The box has general info printed in English, while the specifications are printed in German on the opposing side of the box. The instruction booklet looks to be Sig's standard, is printed in English, and is littered with photographs of assembly.

The weight of all components in the box, including the fuselage, empenage, wing halves, cowl, windshield, battery trap door, tricycle landing gear with wheels, and included hardware is 3lbs, 1oz on my postal scale. This should make it relatively easy to achieve the advertised ready-to-fly weight of 4lbs, 10ozs once the radio components, ESC, and battery are installed. I personally may go slightly over this as I will be using full-size servos and a UBEC, but the wing loading will still be relatively light giving me the slow-fly characteristics I like.

So, to sum up my impressions of Nitro Plane's out-of-the-box Seniorita, I have to say it is a very high quality product. From the structure's assembly, to the covering, to the hardware, it is simply top-of-the line - and at the price you need to pay to own it, it is an outstanding bargain that I would recommend to anyone interested in this plane.

To say the least, I am thrilled with my purchase and look forward to its assembly and first flight!

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Old Jan 17, 2010, 11:29 AM
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Hi,

I picked up one too, great airplane at a great price. I don't need a trainer, but several guys in my club have Kadet Senior ARF's and they have a ball with them shooting lazy touch and goes, etc. Looks like a nice break.

Thanks! Mickydee
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Old Jan 17, 2010, 11:43 AM
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I believe there were a few of us that took advantage of Nitro Plane's offering for the Seniorita. When ordering from them, you're never (at least me) entirely sure of what you're going to get, but this time it was a real winner!

I know of one who is already building his, and I'm sure others will follow rapidly. I have to settle on the motor, get it ordered, and then get started on getting her ready for spring!

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Old Jan 17, 2010, 12:06 PM
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Seniorita

I purchased one as well. It should be here by the end of the week and I will be shopping for components while I wait.

Can anyone tell me a suggested prop length. Most of the motors are 900-1100 kv. The 900's are calling for a 12-13" prop. Will a 13" prop clear with the supplied nose gear?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old Jan 17, 2010, 12:40 PM
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The battery compartment opening is 4-7/8"L x 3-1/4"W x 2-1/4" deep with plenty of length inside for just about anything except a Diehard! This Seniorita certainly has the largest battery area of any plane in my hangar.

As for propeller size, I can't help you on that one. I haven't started building yet, the instructions don't seem to say, and the box simply says: "Propeller - size to suit motor used". Perhaps someone with a build underway can give us the maximum prop size.

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Old Jan 17, 2010, 01:04 PM
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THANKS AERONCA - I also purchased one - someone posted in the beginner forum (guapoman) and he also purchased one and I was concerned because it was such a good deal - mine will be here Wednesday - cant wait til it gets here

IF anyone wants to share the electics setup for their Sig Senorita let me know - I am new to rc flight and have been flying my PZ T-28 - with a T-34 sitting on my workbench - but have never had to purchase things separately

thanks

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Old Jan 17, 2010, 01:18 PM
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I tend to be a one stop shop kind of guy and as long as a 13" prop will clear, I will be purchasing the 900kv 3548-09 motor from Heads Up Rc.
I may have to reconsider my choice if the prop won't clear. There are several other 35-42 and 35-48 motors available.

http://www.headsuprc.com/servlet/StoreFront
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Old Jan 17, 2010, 01:32 PM
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I tend to be a one stop shop kind of guy and as long as a 13" prop will clear, I will be purchasing the 900kv 3548-09 motor from Heads Up Rc.
I may have to reconsider my choice if the prop won't clear. There are several other 35-42 and 35-48 motors available.

http://www.headsuprc.com/servlet/StoreFront
thanks for the link - i couldnt remember that site and i had run across it before
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Old Jan 17, 2010, 03:10 PM
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My Sig Seniorita has arrived. I haven't started putting it together yet, but I am considering this electrical system:

E -Flite Power 15 motor
Spektrum AR500 Receiver
CC Thunderbird 54 ESC
UBEC (?)
(4) JR ST47 BB standard servos
3s 3300 mAh (20C?)battery
APC 10x7E prop

This is a little different from Sig's recommendations, but not by much. I would appreciate feedback on these choices, because I am rather new to this.
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Old Jan 17, 2010, 03:31 PM
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I have some 4s A123 2300 batteries. can any one tell me if these will work. I was not thinking of getting a plane this big but it sounds too good to pass up and with the wind around here it would be better. also did anyone get the one of Ebay. thanks bob
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Old Jan 17, 2010, 05:37 PM
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I tend to be a one stop shop kind of guy and as long as a 13" prop will clear, I will be purchasing the 900kv 3548-09 motor from Heads Up Rc.
I may have to reconsider my choice if the prop won't clear. There are several other 35-42 and 35-48 motors available.

http://www.headsuprc.com/servlet/StoreFront
I have measured from the ground side of the nose wheel to where the center of the motor shaft should be per the instruction booklet. With the nose gear properly positioned, the prop clearance appears to be in the 7-3/4" range, so a 13" prop should make it with just about 1-1/4" to spare. That's close, but if you use a paved surface for take off and landing, it should be OK. This would require you to "grease" the landings. Going from the packaged 2-1/2" wheels to 3" or 3-1/2" wheels would be less demanding of precision on take off and landing.

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Old Jan 17, 2010, 07:43 PM
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Thanks for the help aeronca!
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Old Jan 17, 2010, 07:50 PM
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I bought one of these off of Ebay So there is more then one vendor and perhaps more coming. Same plane as described. Going with the 3542-11 from HeadsUp (Great service, good prices!)., one step down from the motor mentioned above.

It will be interesting to how long this stock holds out. Hard to resist a 63" plane for $80 isn't it?
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Old Jan 18, 2010, 06:28 PM
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mine shows due in tomorrow - excited
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Old Jan 18, 2010, 06:30 PM
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mine shows due in tomorrow - excited
I believe you'll be impressed!

I'm still agonizing among AXI, Turnigy, and e-Flite for power... hmmmm,... what to do, what to do?

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