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Jun 22, 2001, 03:00 AM
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Trying to find a Kolibri?

Anybody know where i get my hands on a Kolibri. Its that or a IFO3 i like the ifo but its still to fast of a plane for what i want.
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Jun 22, 2001, 06:13 AM
Sticky Shepherd
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I assume you know that the plan for the model is on the ezone as part of waynes indoor world. Its basically a scratch built ARF as you just bind together some carbon.
Jun 22, 2001, 09:54 AM
Visitor from Reality
"Todd's Models" has the "Stubenfliege" in kit form. Having flown the two, I'm in for a Stub' this year. My Kolibri is one of the first built in the US, still more or less airworthy, and a tough old boot.

A Stub' and a Kolibri - well, let's say the Kolibri is an Escort wagon. Does the job, hauls groceries, but can't live with my Passat, which represents the Stubenfliege

If you don't want to spend a lot, have a look around the web. There used to be several pages devoted to aspects of Kolibri building. If you can find them, buy the materials to make one from scratch and get reasonably small RC gear, you can get slowflying for reasonable cost - I'm still using my original 50mA cells after over three years of steady usage.

Hitec HS50 servos, a Skyhooks and Rigging RX, 1717 motor - the GWS-A is a big old clunky thing by comparison - matched ESC and 7 x 50mA nicads will do fine.

Look up "SmallNet". I documented my Kolibri build on there in SmallNet's early days, on a night by blow basis. It might still be around if you go digging.

To me, a Kolibri or Stub' is a must have. These models really will fly in your drive or yard - have done both. Nothing like a couple of flights up and down the street to decompress after a day in the cube! I have a "Mouse" as well, but that's an adrenalin rush, not a relaxer like the Kolibri.

Hope that helps
Jun 22, 2001, 10:34 AM
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You might consider getting the Dumas Kestral. It is an improved version of the Kolibri, having a conventional tail instead of a V-tail setup. It is a joy to build and very easy to fly. The motor options are many. I have flown mine with a DC1717, a POT2, and a GWS-A setup. They all work very well. The street price of this kit is around $49.

Jun 22, 2001, 11:25 AM
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Originally posted by Graham Stabler:
I assume you know that the plan for the model is on the ezone as part of waynes indoor world. Its basically a scratch built ARF as you just bind together some carbon.
No I did not know that, I am new to slowfly, have been flying zagi's like planes for years. But I got the itch when i saw a lite-stick, still way to fast a plane for me, I have built a few home brew planes like wooden zagi's modified a sofisticated lady to electric about 6 years ago. I like the IFO and the lite stick but i really want to just fly down my street and back, plus i have all the equipment except the sservos, I have s50's want the 55's though. Lately I have been just building kits and shaping foam, carbons a new tool to me, anybody know where i can get it in san diego.

Jun 22, 2001, 11:40 AM
Mountain Models Wannabe
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When I wanted to learn about carbon, I bought the Kestral kit from my LHS. Now I could easily build one from scratch but at under $50, it was a great lesson.

I love the Kestral but rarely fly it. Too busy flying my own designs.