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Mar 04, 2013, 06:02 PM
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Just wanted to share my experience (I'll look to do a more formal review thread later) regarding these kits!

These are my first Balsa kits ever, and I'm new to the hobby. When I received them in the mail (which by the way, Zeke mailed very promptly and packed extremely well), I was surprised at how thin and flexible the balsa was. I expected much more rigid sheets. This didn't cause me to doubt the structural rigidity of the plane when fully built or anything, but it was just unexpected (again, being new to the hobby).

I had purchased the Ultra Micro Monocoupe 90, as well as the Micro SE5a.
First, I built the Monocoupe (which in hindsight, may have been a mistake as the difficulty is higher). I'm really blown away by the level of precision in these kits, and how they are put together. The idea of alternating grains to create strength is basic, but for whatever reason, I didn't expect to see that implemented in small scale RC aircraft.

Anyway, building these were a charm. It's a different tactic than what I'm used to (building 1/10 scale cars). The parts themselves are very high precision, requiring the user to adopt similarly high levels of precision when assembling them! Some say it's like putting together a puzzle when fitting the pieces together... I beg to differ. The tolerances are so tight between each component that it's a much more delicate affair. A lot of aligning, checking, re-aligning and then setting to ensure perfect fitment.

I'd have to say I learned a great deal building these...and the Whim series is blind blowingly simple. Swift to put together, easy to align and the size is perfect (for me). Love it. I will continue to buy kits from Zeke as long as he keeps making them! I only wish that there were some WWI birds with ailerons
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Apr 17, 2013, 11:52 AM
Veni Vidi Volavi
Greetings All

Well we finally had a warm and relatively calm day here in Northern VA so my flying buddy Ron and I got to test fly my new Whim SE-5A which replaced my previous one. After 5 midairs, numerous less than graceful landings and closing the car door on it, my old SE-5a was so patched, twisted and crooked that it would not flt straight at all. My last flight ended with a sickening thud shortly after take off so I picked up the remains and crushed whatever life was left in it. It was simply too far gone to repair again and try to straighten.

So last fall I started building up the replacement kit I had gotten from Zeke a year or so ago. Had it finished around the start of the year but the weather has been miserable.

Test flight went well. A few clicks of trim and she was off and away flying just the the original when it was new. This is simply a great flying bird. Flew for about 5 minutes before I had to land due to low battery (guess I forgot to charge it!). Need to get Ron to dig his D-7 out of storage so we can start dog fighting and midairing again!!

I reused a lot of the stuff from the original. RX, ESC, servos and wheels. Used a new 10 gm outrunner as the original one was getting kinda worn out. When I built the wings I added a third wing rib in between the two kit ribs to stiffen the wing a bit. I also covered it with World Models Lightex as I hate working with Solite. I can never seem to get it to cover well on sheeted surfaces, I always seem to wind up with a zillion tiny wrinkles. AUW is about 4.1 oz, flys nicely at 1/2 throttle.

Did not get a chance to take any photos as I was doing most of the flying, hopefully next time.

Need to add some exhaust stacks on the sides of the fuselage as the SE-5A just doesn't look right without them. Time to dig up some plastic straws I guess!!

Brian Allen

Veni Vidi Volavi

I came I saw I flew
Last edited by Brian Allen; Nov 04, 2014 at 03:47 PM.
Apr 17, 2013, 10:15 PM
Fly it like you stole it..
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Anyone flying the Husky? Need something to fly up and down the street.
Apr 18, 2013, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Tram
Anyone flying the Husky? Need something to fly up and down the street.
Do you mean the Maule?
Apr 18, 2013, 08:34 AM
Fly it like you stole it..
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LOL.. Sorry, it was late.. Yes, the Maule.
Apr 18, 2013, 09:57 AM
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Jan 17, 2014, 01:05 PM
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Fokker D7

Here is my Whim Fokker with Parkzone UMX guts.
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Jul 22, 2014, 07:07 PM
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Just finished Beta A6M Zero

Here we have a beta build of a new Whim kit to match the F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair. I am sure Brian and Ron will be getting a couple to move to WWII dogfights . Just messing with you Brian.
Now for the details. This plane was supposed to come in at 3-3.5 ounces but the available 10g outrunners I had were all burned out. My only option was a mystery 20g or a known good eFlite park 300. Do not use the same power or build yours to be as fast or heavy as this. I did this to test the limits of the structure and spars.
That being said my plane came in at a chunky 8 ounces with full house controls though at no time is rudder needed unless one is doing some really crazy flying.
I had my good buddy Dave Baron do the maiden he was instructed to wring it out to the limits and hold nothing back. It needs to be noted that with this plane the bottom of the wing gets covered. Inverted flights, snap rolls, you name it he did it. We pulled her down after 6 minutes of flight and checked battery capacity. We were still good on the pack so decided to swap the prop to a 7x6. As many know these are hand launch planes. With the bigger prop it pulled right out of my hand. Dave pulled maybe 15 20 foot full throttle loops with no failures. My only casualty was when it came in for a landing and because the prop was windmilling on landing it struck the ground and pulled the motor from the firewall. That is all repaired now with a new ply firewall installed.
Here is a short video I took of the plane in flight sorry in advance because it was from my cell phone and the plane was just too fast to keep in frame all the time.
Test flight of Park Scale Models A6M Zero Whim (0 min 19 sec)
Nov 07, 2014, 02:34 PM
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Park Scale Models Whim Ranger 28

Greetings All

Been a while since anyone has posted in this thread so I thought I would bring it back to life. Picked up a Whim Ranger 28 from Zeke a couple of NEAT Fairs ago and finally decided to build it up. Went together well as all the Whims do. had some trouble covering those long wing panels so my flying buddy Ron came to the rescue. He added a bit of carbon fiber to the TE to stiffen things up a bit (balsa was nice and light but a bit too twisty). He managed to get the wings covered nicely without pretzelfying them.

Got the Ranger 28 all assembled this past weekend and we took here out for a test flight this past Wednesday. Couple of clicks of trim either way and we had a nice 10 minute flight. We need to cut the throws down a bit and add some Expo as the long tail makes the plane a bit twitchy. Other than that I flew it for most of the flight and even did the first landing!! Very solid flyer.

Power is the usual 1811-2000 10 gm outrunner with a 5 x 4.3 GWS DD prop. Couple of cheap 4 gm servos, a Spektrum AR6115E RX and a Castle Tbird 9 ESC. 2 cell 350 LiPo. Covering is World Model Lightex. AUW ready to go is about 5.2 oz. Plenty of power and zip on the recommended drive system.

Very nice flyer. Do consider building one.

Couple of pictures attached.

Brian Allen

Veni Vidi Volavi

I came I saw I flew
Last edited by Brian Allen; Jun 12, 2017 at 02:15 PM.
Nov 14, 2014, 10:34 AM
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Your Ranger is a good looking bird and I expect you will have a lot of fun with it. They are great flyers.
Nov 01, 2015, 07:11 AM
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Greetings All

Three or four Neat Fairs ago Zeke had a prototype Whim Corsair. He brought a kit of it for me and about a year or so ago I built it up and was about 90% done when it got stuck up on the top of the bench and has languished since then. About a month ago I gave it to my flying buddy Ron and he finished it up and yesterday we took her out for a flight or two.

First flight was a tad bit hairy to say the least. We both checked the balance and thought it was a bit tail heavy and man was it. Thing was squirrely , would not fly straight, needed a ton of down trim and when slowed it was uncontrollable. So we brought it in and decided we needed to adjust the CG. I found some stick on weights in my flight box and added a 1/4 oz to the nose. Second flight commenced and what a difference a bit of nose weight can make.

The Whim Corsair is a honey. Straight and level, most of the down trim taken out and fully controllable at all speeds and flight attitudes. Ron had a ball boring through the sky and doing all kinds of maneuvers. A definite keeper.

The Whim Corsair is bigger and a little heavier than most of Zekes Whim models but the 1811/2000 outrunner and 2 cell 350 LiPo provide way more than enough power to really make this bird scoot. Never ceases to amaze me what you can do with the motor/battery/prop combo!!

Did not get any flight shots as the breezes were picking up and the Corsair was hard to see against the clouds.

So if you decided to build one make sure you check and get the CG right.

Ron needs to add a few details and markings to finish her off.


Veni Vidi Volavi

I came I saw I flew
Last edited by Brian Allen; Jan 06, 2016 at 09:03 AM.
Nov 02, 2015, 12:14 PM
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Glad you finally got it done...I need to get another one built!
Nov 09, 2015, 03:08 PM
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Ah great it looks fantastic!!
I just finished a p51c and love flying it around!!
Does the corsair also have an uncambered wing?
Needing another build soon!!!
Nov 09, 2015, 03:34 PM
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The wing on the Corsair is covered on the bottom to make it more rigid, so it's a flat bottom wing. I set the ailerons up so they were parallel to the bottom of the wing and that seemed to work out OK. I'm not sure whether the assembly manual says to do it this way or not, but it seemed that setting them to follow the curve of the airfoil would make them act like partly deployed flaps. Brian had set up the model with separate servos for each aileron rather than use the widely spread pushrods from a single servo in the fuselage. He also installed a rudder servo, but I found that the rudder was not very effective and I would leave it out. On the Stuka model I did a few years back, I used a single servo in the fuselage with the small Sullivan cables inside their plastic tubes gently curved out to the aileron horns. This worked well and saved the weight and current drain of an additional servo.

As Brian mentioned, this model really flew well with plenty of power on the stock setup. If you plan to really yank it around, I would strengthen the main spar with a 1/32" ply doubler to a bit beyond the bend in the wing. The manual specifically warns against aggressive flying to avoid wing flutter and structural damage.

With a bit of tweaking, you could modify the model to a Super Corsair F2G and finish it in the red and white scheme of Race 57, one of the most visually stunning of the Corsairs.
Nov 09, 2015, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by alanthorpe
Does the corsair also have an uncambered wing?
It does have an under cambered wing typical of all the Whim designs. I do recommend to cover the bottom of the inner wing panels. If they twist (like my prototype did), it makes for some really hairy flying! Ron and Brian got to witness the difficulty I was having with the maiden up at the NEAT fair. The outer wing panels do not have to be covered on the bottom, but it would go a long way to make the wings more rigid if you wanted to do some yank-n-bank flying.

As Ron said, if you wanted to be more aggressive with your flying I would recommend beefing up the joint between the inner and outer wing panels just a little. Notching and adding a stringer or two to the bottom of the wing would do the trick!.

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