Where have all the kits and builders gone? I found one!


CHECK6 WRITES: “Hello all, I have been building Warbirds for over 50 years. I decide I needed a break from Heavy Metal with retracts. The new rendition of Balsa USA’s Smoothie caught my eye and I was hooked. Bought the kit from a fellow RCU member and then bought all the accessories. It will be powered by a Syssa 30 cc gas engine. has 5 in Dave Brown P 51 spinner. This plane is large and should be a nice flyer. 88 3/4 in. span , two piece wing.  Stay tuned and feel free to add suggestions and comments.

For all of you who wonder where all the kits and builder’s have gone, catch up to this build thread in the forums.  It’s a great example of what’s involved in building and the joy that can be found in doing it (especially in the colder months).  Check6 also included a ton of pictures, so enjoy…

Balsa USA Smoothie XL Build

BALSA USA WRITES:The Smoothie XL is the one of the best sport aerobatic planes on the market.  With its 88-3/4″ fully symmetrical wing, oversized control surfaces, and sleek aerodynamic shape, the Smoothie XL out performs all the other 30cc sport kits available on the market.  Install a 20cc gas engine if you want a tame relaxing plane that will do loops, rolls and touch-and-goes all Sunday long.  Install a 35cc if you want to Unleash The Beast stored within the Smoothie XL.  The optional flaps allow the Smoothie XL to almost stop in the air.

Ohio Superstar Tail Wheel AssemblyThe Smoothie XL is an enlarged version of the .40 sized Smoothie. The Smoothie XL features a fully symmetrical wing. The fuselage utilizes a tabbed construction to aid in construction ease and speed up building time. The tail surfaces are built up and then sheeted for strength and to mimic the slab tail of the smaller Smoothie, yet allowing it to remain as light as possible. The stringers on the turtle deck are angled so the covering touches just a point of the wood creating a unique, clean and very attractive appearance.This kit includes:

    • Rolled Plans
    • ABS Wheel Pants
    • ABS Chin Cowl
    • Complete Hardware Package
    • Clear Plastic Cowl

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