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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:07 PM
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This kit is scareing me- GWS Tiger Moth 400

I have been flying for over 5 years and I really enjoy the "building" of my planes. I normally buy ParkZone products which require very little skill. I even enjoy buying the bare-bones foamies and installing my own motor, esc, and servos.
But this kit is a little daunting. I am not used to seeing so many pieces!!! I have looked at the various build thread's, but I am still scared.

HELP!!!!
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:15 PM
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Put on your big boy pants and read the instructions twice noting the best sequence of "putting it together". If you assemble it reasonably straight and have it balanced so that it is not tail-heavy and you have basic tail-dragger flying skills, you should get through the maiden flight with little or no damage. Look carefully at the wings and tail surfaces from the rear, if you see any warps or un-symettrical-ness it must be fixed. There must be some down and right thrust angle to the motor.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 03:00 PM
An itch?. Scratch build.
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Most things that look incredibly complicated can often be solved if taken just a little bit at a time.

I scratch build a lot, and often reach that, 'how the hell am I going to solve this' point in a build. So I step back, leave it for a while, and then solved the smallest part.

Just think about how big your grin will be after that first flight. And get the glue out
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 03:29 PM
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Most things that look incredibly complicated can often be solved if taken just a little bit at a time.

I scratch build a lot, and often reach that, 'how the hell am I going to solve this' point in a build. So I step back, leave it for a while, and then solved the smallest part.

Just think about how big your grin will be after that first flight. And get the glue out
+1 on this.. Step back,take it one small section at a time,but first read everything a couple of times.Then break it down one small step at a time.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 04:19 PM
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Thank you all for the great advice. LOL!!!

I have the unpainted kit. I think I may go through and put painters tape on the area's where there are small holes/notches (that I do not want to cover up), so that I will not be even more confused after I'm done painting.

I will keep you all updated regarding my progress.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 05:49 PM
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GWS kits have a couple of generic "sheets" of plastic parts, dry fit the parts you need, double check everything and enjoy starting your collection of GWS odds and ends ...
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 06:17 PM
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I have a friend who has built two of these. Yes, there are a lot of parts, but the plane has gone together well from what I have seen. Both planes have flown great and he has flown them at our club. Great slow fliers.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 06:25 PM
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I have a GWS Corsair still in the box "hideing" in the corner.....
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 06:50 PM
Wake up, feel pulse, be happy!
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Have you done any detailed build logs for your Parkzone planes in the past? I'd be interested to see them if you have.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 06:55 PM
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Have you done any detailed build logs for your Parkzone planes in the past? I'd be interested to see them if you have.
Yes. I did do one for my modified Super Cub.

Here is a link to it....

http://www.bayrc.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10469
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 08:14 PM
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Just take your time. Read the instructions thoroughly.
Read the TM 400 thread thoroughly. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=298384
There is a wealth of information there. (Check Post #1197 to see mine).
Having built several GWS kits (Estarter, Corsair, Tiger Moth, Spitfire) I can say this one requires the most patience and attention to detail, but it is well worth it! The Tiger Moth 400 is a great flying plane and the right power setup will provide you with surprisingly slow, scale, flight and power in reserve for barnstorming acrobatics.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 08:47 PM
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Hey now,
I have to apologize to you dude. My first thought when I read your post was things like build PZ planes??? There's building involved? And daunted by a GWS "kit"? What the???
But then I took a deep breath and thought for another moment.
Sure *to me* this stuff seems like either not or minimal building but *I'm not you*. I've been doing this stuff for so very long I often forget what it was like when I began building and yeah even a GWS model can be a bit daunting sometimes.
You can do this and do it well if you read and follow the instructions and take your time. And yes you do start with a pile of little parts but with a GWS model after you build it you'll still have a pile of little parts.
Those parts trees with all the little plastic parts are generic sets. They have bits for most every GWS model they sell and you only use a few of them for your model. Don't let it get to you. Take your time and when you get flustered stop and take a break and come back to it later.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 09:41 PM
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Haven't built the Tiger Moth but I've built my share of GWS kits -- they can be a pain to build, and the instructions aren't the best. But take your time, you'll figure it out, or figure out a better way. They're worth the effort. You won't get a better airframe for your buck -- but you may lose a few hairs putting it together.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 10:09 PM
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Go here, "All Things GWS" thread, there's a number of TM's and you can get advice from current GWS builders:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...1527072&page=2
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 10:16 PM
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A TM400 is hardly a daunting build, but don't expect to complete it within the hour like PZ planes.

The instructions are actually decent but this article should get you through as well:

http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/a...article_id=345
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