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Old 01-23-2013, 06:09 PM
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Default New Edge 540 from Guillows

This is begging for a TD or some thing that runs on smoke.

http://www.guillow.com/edge540.aspx

BTW (Age 10 and up)

Matter of interest Re .. Paul K. Guillows. From the Guillows web site.

http://www.guillow.com/aboutus.aspx
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Default RE: New Edge 540 from Guillows

I hope you mean a TD .020!
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Default RE: New Edge 540 from Guillows

I agree! A 20 inch wing span model with a TD 049 would be a rocket. [X(]

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Default RE: New Edge 540 from Guillows

Of course not an .049. Box says 51gm.
The 020 is wonderful little powerhouse. 010 could work also.
A speed freak could scale it up though.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:38 AM
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Default RE: New Edge 540 from Guillows

Many of the old Berkeley, Comet and such kits would convert to wet with our new radio stuff.

SIG has just intro'ed a new baby that was a Berkeley

http://www.sigmfg.com/cgi-bin/dpsmar...02SIGBER125_01
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I had the 20 inch Zilch as a kid, and what an awful kit it was! The wood was so bad and the fit was so bad it was barely buildable. And when I did get it built it was far inferior to the Baby Flite Streak. It's main virtue is it was very cheap to buy from AHC at the time.

But I'm sure Sig has done a good job and it will be very different and far better than the one I remember. Actually my recollection is that the structure had a lot more wood in it than the picture on the Sig site, which probably made it heavy compared to a Flite Streak. Nice to see Sig doing this.

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The Sig kit is lazer cut and really nice.
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I've messed with a few of the laser cut Guillow's kits and although I haven't weighed the wood the pieces they were cut pretty well etc. Its nice to see they are adding a few new kits, they have a new Beaver and and Pilatus Porter I like. Honestly I can't understand why they don't make them a tad bigger so that they would be a bit better RC conversions if they are trying to revamp the business...being laser cut there would be no die issues and seems like they would only need to retool for the cowls and plastic parts? I have the laser cut Thomas Morse Scout framed up. A fair amount of folks have converted the WW1 bipe series to electric RC, but I haven't seen any finished out 1/2a yet....even though at about 24" span bipes they do have a bit more wing area than the rest of the Guillow's kits. I'm anxious to see how ExocetRCU's .049 zero flies.
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Wow! if my LHS has one I'll get it to put a peewee 020 in! doesnt need to be a crazy performer, but I think it could still be rather decent!
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ORIGINAL: Max_Power

......Its nice to see they are adding a few new kits, they have a new Beaver and and Pilatus Porter I like. Honestly I can't understand why they don't make them a tad bigger so that they would be a bit better RC conversions if they are trying to revamp the business...being laser cut there would be no die issues and seems like they would only need to retool for the cowls and plastic parts? ..............
I agree.

The 20" to 24" span planes can be converted, but they're generally more difficult to fly and don't really lend themselves to IC engines. I would rather see something in the 28" to 36" span - lighter wing loading and sufficient internal space to easily mount components. Since most of the Guillow's models are stick-built, the additional wood would be minimal and you would have a model with good looks, decent flying characteristics and conversion options for both IC and lekkies.

It seems that Guillow is continuing to target either the rubber powered market or static display models. I would love to see a Porter in the 34 to 36 inch range.
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