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Old Jul 03, 2002, 11:56 PM
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What would be a good first kit to build? not ARF

As the title says. I have had 4 planes, I can fly reasonably well, and I think my next step is to build a plane from a basic kit. What would be a good kit for me to try on? I was looking at a mini lazer 3D at the shop today and I think I could build it. What would you guys suggest that I learn with?
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Old Jul 04, 2002, 12:36 AM
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If you want to learn to build, and can fly a bit, The Sig lt 25 is a beaut thing. Highly recomended here on the zone, anything from a Mag mayhem and 10 cells through to a supercharged rocket motor and 21 cells has been tried. Adaptable as a model and very forgiving as an aeroplane.

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Old Jul 04, 2002, 12:38 AM
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If you're looking for smaller, park flyer sized airplanes, or at least open to that, check out the switchback by Mountain Models www.mountainmodels.com or go to the parkflyers forum and do a search for gobs of information.
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Old Jul 04, 2002, 07:39 AM
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I've built an LT25 as recommended by a previous poster and maybe you've seen me fly it at Rennar. I've just installed a brushless motor and 14 cells. If I were to do this kit from the get go I wouldn't waste my time with brushed motors. You can always fly around on reduced power.

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Old Jul 04, 2002, 08:53 AM
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Hey Kelvin. I have my first brushless on the way. Its a jeti phasor 15/4 and a 40 amp control for my newest plane(which I have only flown twice). I need packs that can handle more amp draw, which are in the mail also.

Hey, I might go out to renner today if the wind and rain stay away. You planning to go fly today?

David
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Old Jul 04, 2002, 10:57 AM
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Any of the model air tech

http://www.modelairtech.com/


"stick" kits are a good choice. The Tumblewatt especialy is a good choice and totally fun to fly.



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Old Jul 04, 2002, 10:44 PM
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Herr Engineering makes very nice kits, excellent lazer cutting.

S&R Batteries Cutie gets a lot of good press also.
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Old Jul 04, 2002, 11:13 PM
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The switchback has excellent laser cutting, quick easy building, and is a great flyer. Something to start with might be one of the guillows free flight balsa kits. It will teach you a lot without making a mess out of a more expensive kit. They fly well too. Hans
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Old Jul 04, 2002, 11:15 PM
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hey hans, I was thinking the same thing, but do they have any laser cut kits?

David
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Old Jul 04, 2002, 11:27 PM
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Unfortunately, Guillows kits leave a lot to be desired. That goes for their laser cut ones as well. They have superb plans, but their parts don't always match up to them, and they use the heaviest wood possible. Even the laser cut parts are just laser cut versions of their old parts, so they still only sort of fit. That being said, Guillows kits are how I started to build kits about 20 years ago. People are doing wonderful things in converting some of their biplanes into electric slow flyers too, but for your first kit I wouldn't recommend tackling a feat like that
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Old Jul 05, 2002, 06:43 AM
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SR Battery's Cutie, X250 or Bantum. You'll look long and hard and won't find a better engineered or documented kit than one of these.

< http://www.srbatteries.com/kits.htm >
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