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Favorite Balsa Builds/Planes For Beginners

Below is a list of balsa planes that come highly recommended by experienced builders and pilots from RCG forum. If the planes makes the list below, you should have no problems building these planes even if you have never attempted building a balsa plane before. And if you happen to be confused or need some advice, click on the discussion thread for tips, ideas, and photos that will help. If you still need some advice, just post your question in one of those threads and someone will be happy to help you. This list is broken down into two categories; 1) beginner kits and 2) intermediate kits.

The second list are planes designed for the beginner in mind and are also highly recommended by the members here on RCG. We will not recommend a plane that has not been proven to be well built and easy enough for a beginner to fly.

If you have experience with an easy to build and/or fly balsa plane that's tailored toward the beginning RC pilot/builder, please tell my why you think it's made for the beginner and I'll post it here.

For your convenience, I have added the Difficulty to Fly Rating in parenthesis after the planes name. It will look like this (DFR = 3). For more info on the DFR see this thread here.

Thanks,

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Our Favorite Balsa Beginner Kit Planes


Not in order of course (since that would be too hard to judge). Click on the links below to find out where they can be purchased or to read their review/build threads.

1. Stevens Aero Lil SQuiRT (DFR=1.5)
RCG Review Thread
Build Video

2. Stevens Aero SQuiRT 400 (DFR=3.25)
RCG Discussion Thread
RCG Build Thread

3. Mountain Models/Laser Arts Switchback (DFR=4)
RCG Discussion Thread
Video

4. Easy Box 2 (DFR=NL)
RCG Discussion Thread

5. Mountain Models/Laser Arts Tyro 100 (DFR=3.5)
RCG Discussion/Build Thread

6. Stevens Aero Stik (DFR=3.16)
RCG Discussion Thread

7. Todd Long's Gym-E (DFR=1)
RCG Review
RCG Discussion Thread
RCG Discussion Thread

8. Mini Telemaster (DFR=4.5)
RCG Build Thread
RCG Build Thread
RCG Review Thread

9. Micro Telemaster (DFR=4.5)
RCG Build Thread
RCG Discussion Thread

10. Cessna 180 (DFR=NL)
RCG Discussion Thread

11. Slow Stick X (DFR=NL)
RCG Discussion/Build Thread

12. LoLo (DFR=NL)
RCG Discussion/Build Thread

13. Monocoupe (DFR=NL)
RCG Discussion/Build Thread

14. Q-Tee (also available as plans) (DFR=NL)
RCG Build/Discussion Thread

15. DuskStik (DFR=2)
RCG Discussion Thread
RCG Discussion Thread

16 - 18. EZ Series; Cub, Scout, Sport (DRF=5)
RCG Discussion Thread

19. Mountain Models Dandy (DFR=2)
RCG Build/Discussion Thread

20. Stevens Aero SHAFT 400 (DFR=5.625)
RCG Build/Discussion/Review Thread
RCG Build/Discussion Thread
RCG Build/Discussion Thread


Our Favorite Balsa Intermediate Kit Planes

1. FREDe (300) (DFR=NL)
RCG Discussion Thread

2. Mountain Models Tyro 150 (DFR=3.75)
RCG Discussion Thread

3. MM EVA Sport (DFR=NL)
RCG Discussion Thread

4. Cessna 206 Stationair (DFR=NL)
RCG Build/Discussion Thread

5. SR Batteries Bipe (DFR=NL)
RCG Discussion Thread
RCG Review

6. Stevens Aero Helium (DFR=NL)
RCG Build/Discussion Thread
RCG Build/Discussion Thread


Our Favorite Balsa Trainers

1. Stevens Aeromodel FullHouse

2. Mini-Telemaster ARF (ARF) (DFR=4.5)

3. Stevens Aero SQuiRT 400 (Kit) (DFR=3.25)
RCG Discussion Thread
RCG Build Thread

4. Slow Stick X (Kit) (Good aileron trainer) (DFR=NL)
RCG Discussion/Build Thread

5. Stevens Aero Stik (DFR=3.16)
RCG Discussion Thread (Kit) (Good aileron trainer)



Our Favorite Balsa Planes Built From Plans

1. Cul-de-sac Flyer (DFR=NL)
RCG Build Thread w/Plans


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B = Beginner Kit
In = Intermediate Kit
T = ARF Trainer
P = Beginner Plans
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Old Sep 27, 2009, 01:22 AM
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I would have to say the Telemaster. It's a straight forward build, simple. And of course nothing flies like a telemaster.

Just my .02
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Yea, that's a good one. Which size though and are you talking about the kit or ARF version.

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Yea, that's a good one. Which size though and are you talking about the kit or ARF version.

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Well,all of them...

But the micro version in particular (its sweet!)

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Yeah I would say the micro and mini (kits). 'course to call the micro a micro is kinda funny.
I have built several of the micro and mini's, and I love how stable they are. Over an hour flight time on a 2 cell lipo 800 mah is great.
I am gearing up to build another micro with 30 LED's in the body and wing.

I was talking about the kit as I believed this is what you was after. A first, easy to build balsa plane. The ARF is not what I consider "building".
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Old Sep 27, 2009, 10:19 AM
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Got it. Thanks. I'll get the links from where the kits are available to be purchased and the discussion/review threads and post them above shortly.

Thanks for the help.

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Telemasters added to post one. They sure are cheap enough, I'll say that.

Thanks again,

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What would be a good balsa build with ailerons that can usse the power of a Park480?
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What would be a good balsa build with ailerons that can usse the power of a Park480?
Mountain Models Etana. Stevens Aero Axis XS480. Primo 15 from Swanyshouse.

For the Park 480, E-Flite says, "3D park flyers weighing 20 to 30 ounces, scale park flyers weighing 25 to 35 ounces."
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Old Oct 05, 2009, 08:31 AM
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Received the new Stevens Aero FREDe in the mail. Haven't had the chance to evaluate it you. Have 4 months of honey-dos to catch up. Hope to get to it shortly though.

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My Mini Telemaster kit is on the truck heading to my house now. Should be here today. Looking forward to this build.

Does anyone know of any good electric WWI balsa kits with around a 4' wingspan that are not ARF/RTF? The few I've found seem to either be really small or huge.
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Old Oct 05, 2009, 11:37 AM
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Cool! Looking forward to hearing how you like it.

Here are a couple companies that make/sell kits. Not sure if there are any WWI builds in there though. I haven't broken them down that way.

Frank

Aero Craft Limited… www.aerocraftrc.com/index.php
Aerodrome R/C… www.aerodromerc.com/
Aerotech R/C Models… www.aerotech-rcmodels.com/
Air Flair Inc…. www.airflair.com/
Arizona Modelcrafters… www.arizonamodels.com/
Aspect Aviation… www.aspectaviation.com/
Balsa USA… www.balsausa.com/html/index.html
Blazing Wings… www.blazingwings.com/
BJMR Models… www.bmjrmodels.com/rccatalog.cfm
BlueJay Airplane Kits… www.bridiairplanes.com/
Bruce Tharpe Engineering… www.btemodels.com/
BSD Micro RC… www.bsdmicrorc.com/
Carden Aircraft… www.carden-aircraft.com/
Concept Models… www.mailbag.com/users/conceptmodels/
Custom Airframes of America… www.customairframes.com/
Dare Design and Engineering… www.darehobby.com/
Diamond Dust RC… www.diamonddustrc.com/
DJ Aerotech… www.djaerotech.com/
Dumas Models… www.dumasestore.com/
Dynaflite… www.dynaflite.com/
Early R/C Models… www.earlyrcmodels.com/
Electric Aero Modeling… www.eam.net/
Electroflying Models… www.electroflying.com/
Fly 2 Build… www.fly2build.com/
Fox Lite Models… www.foxlitemodels.com/
Fun Aero R/C www.funaero.com/
G&L Hobbies… www.glhobbies.com/
G & P Sales… www.rcairplane.net/
Got Gas RC… www.gotgasradiocontrol.com/index.html
Guillow's Models… www.guillow.com/
Hobby Hangar… www.hobbyhangar.com/
House of Balsa… www.houseofbalsa.com/
Ikon Northwest… www.ikonnwst.com/
Iron Bay Model Company… www.ironbaymodelcompany.com/
Jtech Laser… www.jtechlaser.com/
K&A Models… www.kamodels.com/
Kalteisen Aircraft… www.kalteisen.com/
Manzano Laser Works… www.manzanolaser.com/
Meister Scale… www.meister-scale.com/
Midwest Products… www.midwestproducts.com/
Millennium RC… www.millenniumrc.com/
Mountain Models/Laser Arts… www.mountainmodels.com/
Ohio Model Products… www.ohiomodelplanes.com/
Northest Aerodynamics Inc…. www.ne-aero.com/home.html
Pence Aviation… www.penceaviation.com/
Precision Aviation Designs… www.bobflies.com/
Proctor Enterprises… www.proctor-enterprises.com/
Radical RC… www.radicalrc.com/
Savage Light Industries… www.savagelight.com/
Scale Aero… www.scaleaero.com/buyaero.htm
SIG Manufacturing… www.sigmfg.com/
SkyBench Aerotech… www.skybench.com/
SR Batteries… www.srbatteries.com/kits.htm
Stevens AeroModel… www.stevensaero.com/home.php
SwanysHouse… www.swanyshouse.com/
T&J Models… www.tnjmodels.rchomepage.com/
Team Duster Designs… www.teamduster.com/
TMRC Sailplanes… www.tmrcsailplanes.com/
Top-Flite… www.top-flite.com/airplanes/gold-kits
Top Notch Products Co…. www.topnotchkits.com/
Warbird kits… www.warbirdkits.com/
Wingspan Models… www.wingspanmodels.com/
Zeke's Park Scale Models… www.parkscalemodels.com/shop/
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Thanks Frank. Some of those I've checked out but I'll check the others out. There has to be something out there.

Edit: Looks like Aerodrome RC has some really nice planes. I will have to take a closer look at them when I get home.
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Cool! Looking forward to hearing how you like it.

Here are a couple companies that make/sell kits. Not sure if there are any WWI builds in there though. I haven't broken them down that way.

Frank

Aero Craft Limited… www.aerocraftrc.com/index.php
Aerodrome R/C… www.aerodromerc.com/
Aerotech R/C Models… www.aerotech-rcmodels.com/
Air Flair Inc…. www.airflair.com/
Arizona Modelcrafters… www.arizonamodels.com/
Aspect Aviation… www.aspectaviation.com/
Balsa USA… www.balsausa.com/html/index.html
Blazing Wings… www.blazingwings.com/
BJMR Models… www.bmjrmodels.com/rccatalog.cfm
BlueJay Airplane Kits… www.bridiairplanes.com/
Bruce Tharpe Engineering… www.btemodels.com/
BSD Micro RC… www.bsdmicrorc.com/
Carden Aircraft… www.carden-aircraft.com/
Concept Models… www.mailbag.com/users/conceptmodels/
Custom Airframes of America… www.customairframes.com/
Dare Design and Engineering… www.darehobby.com/
Diamond Dust RC… www.diamonddustrc.com/
DJ Aerotech… www.djaerotech.com/
Dumas Models… www.dumasestore.com/
Dynaflite… www.dynaflite.com/
Early R/C Models… www.earlyrcmodels.com/
Electric Aero Modeling… www.eam.net/
Electroflying Models… www.electroflying.com/
Fly 2 Build… www.fly2build.com/
Fox Lite Models… www.foxlitemodels.com/
Fun Aero R/C www.funaero.com/
G&L Hobbies… www.glhobbies.com/
G & P Sales… www.rcairplane.net/
Got Gas RC… www.gotgasradiocontrol.com/index.html
Guillow's Models… www.guillow.com/
Hobby Hangar… www.hobbyhangar.com/
House of Balsa… www.houseofbalsa.com/
Ikon Northwest… www.ikonnwst.com/
Iron Bay Model Company… www.ironbaymodelcompany.com/
Jtech Laser… www.jtechlaser.com/
K&A Models… www.kamodels.com/
Kalteisen Aircraft… www.kalteisen.com/
Manzano Laser Works… www.manzanolaser.com/
Meister Scale… www.meister-scale.com/
Midwest Products… www.midwestproducts.com/
Millennium RC… www.millenniumrc.com/
Mountain Models/Laser Arts… www.mountainmodels.com/
Ohio Model Products… www.ohiomodelplanes.com/
Northest Aerodynamics Inc…. www.ne-aero.com/home.html
Pence Aviation… www.penceaviation.com/
Precision Aviation Designs… www.bobflies.com/
Proctor Enterprises… www.proctor-enterprises.com/
Radical RC… www.radicalrc.com/
Savage Light Industries… www.savagelight.com/
Scale Aero… www.scaleaero.com/buyaero.htm
SIG Manufacturing… www.sigmfg.com/
SkyBench Aerotech… www.skybench.com/
SR Batteries… www.srbatteries.com/kits.htm
Stevens AeroModel… www.stevensaero.com/home.php
SwanysHouse… www.swanyshouse.com/
T&J Models… www.tnjmodels.rchomepage.com/
Team Duster Designs… www.teamduster.com/
TMRC Sailplanes… www.tmrcsailplanes.com/
Top-Flite… www.top-flite.com/airplanes/gold-kits
Top Notch Products Co…. www.topnotchkits.com/
Warbird kits… www.warbirdkits.com/
Wingspan Models… www.wingspanmodels.com/
Zeke's Park Scale Models… www.parkscalemodels.com/shop/



Just a couple huh? Good job.
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Cool! Looking forward to hearing how you like it.

Got the kit in and assembled the first side of the fuselage last night. I'm going to do the other side tonight. So far it has been very easy to assemble. The instructions have no pictures but if you read them and study the plans carefully it's not too hard to figure out what they are talking about. Pictures WOULD be handy for the first time builder though. I read through the instructions and looked at the plans and nothing seems too difficult on this build.
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