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Old 02-18-2013, 05:28 PM
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Default Best WWI ARF deal for ~$100

I am looking to pickup a WWI parkflyer ARF.

I usually build from kits, but at the moment my build board is full and I am surprisingly low on flyable planes.

I have never flown a biplane or any of the WWI variants. I am an intermediate flyer. Would prefer to have ailerons. I think I want 32" or larger wingspan. I would like to spend $100 or less. How's that for constraints?

I have been eyeballing the Great Planes Nieuport XI.

What would you recommend I get?

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Old 02-19-2013, 01:35 AM
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I got the Great Planes SE-5a. It is a beautiful aircraft and I was able to use parts I had laying around to fit it. The fit and finish is top notch, it doesn't have all of the scale details as a PZ or HK SE, but the balsa, ply construction tops the foam in my opinion.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:31 PM
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Ditto
The GP SE5a may be a better flying choice .
$84.98 34" wing span

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXMSH7&P=7
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When you say less than $100, do you mean the whole thing, servos, motor, ESC everything? Or just the airframe?

If you mean the airframe, I'll put in my vote for the SE5 also. Love the way they fly.
They are a nice plane because the fly pretty lightly, they have dihedral, they have a long nose (easy to balance) and yet are still pretty aerobatic. (4 ailerons).

If you meant everything, ready to go, probably the only thing that large, (or close to that large) would be the GWS Pico Tiger Moth. Not WWI, and no ailerons, but it's a biplane, and they're a lot of fun. Many in this forum have them.
If not a GWS Moth, then maybe something from HobbyKing. Can't think of much else in that price range.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:59 PM
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I do mean just the airframe.

There's a lot of choices in this ARF price point.

Seems like SE5 is the way to go.

Thanks!
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Mojo View Post
I do mean just the airframe.

There's a lot of choices in this ARF price point.

Seems like SE5 is the way to go.

Thanks!
Had Mine for years, flys well and looks good, I recovered mine for better visablity, bubsteve
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:07 PM
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I ordered the SE5 via my LHS for $79.
Should have it next thursday.

Thanks everyone for the advice!
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You'll enjoy it.

My only issues were the landing gear. The plastic tube they give you is pretty dopey. It was always falling off. But to be fair, I pretty much learned to fly on one of these, it was my first aileron plane that I actually flew successfully. So I was a bit hard on the landings back then.

But the SE5 doesn't seem to be plagued by the other issues some from this line have. (motor mount and CG and whatnot.)
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