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    Contributed by: Don Sims | Published: November 2006 | Views: 46937 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Wingo USA

    Review by: Don Sims



    5614 Franklin Pike Cr.
    Brentwood, TN 37027

    Ease of Assembly
    Aerobatic Ability

    Wingo USA

    A few years ago one of the most popular electric trainers on the market was the Wingo. It helped teach a lot of aspiring R/C pilots to fly and the infamous Wingo Races at SEFF (The Southeast Electric Flight Festival) were a huge hit yearly. The plane had the ability to carry cameras, skis for flying off snow, or floats to fly off of water. Sadly, the plane became unavailable here in the United States.

    But now, Hobby-Lobby has brought the Wingo back into production! The plane has a new color scheme and is as diverse as ever! Built stock, the Wingo flies slow enough to allow new pilots to learn the ropes and with a brushless upgrade, the plane takes on a whole new character.



    Wingspan: 43.3" 1100 mm
    Length: 35.4" 900 mm
    Weight with battery: 19.4 oz 550 g
    Motor: Speed 400 direct drive
    Speed Control: Jeti 12 amp microprocessor
    Battery: 8 cell NIMH
    Receiver: Hitec micro 05
    Servos: Two Hitec HS-81



    Hobby-Lobby did an outstanding job packing the Wingo both inside as well as outside the planes box. They went the extra mile and secured all the parts so that nothing got loose within the box. There was a twenty page instruction booklet with the plane which had lots of line drawings throughout the book to help get any beginner pilot through the build. I needed five minute epoxy, tape, masking tape, sandpaper, and a hobby knife as extra materials for building the Wingo.

    The instructions were written in German and English and no steps were left out of the build when I followed the instructions. It took four hours of leisurely building time to put the Wingo together and another hour to apply all the decals. I was concerned about using foam tape for hinges on the plane but after several flights, I've had no problems with the hinges failing. It was simple to set up the electronics as well as check the Wingo's center of gravity (COG). Build according to the great directions and you can't go wrong with the Wingo.

    Landing Gear Support Channel
    Carbon Fiber Wing Support

    Installing the Tailboom
    Tailboom Installed
    Rudder Assembly

    Protective Bra Installed
    Landing Gear
    Landing Gear & Bra Installed

    Motor Mounts
    Motor Mounts
    Motor Installed

    Wing Tip Assembly
    Removable Wing
    Tips Installed
    Support Rods
    attached to Wings

    Wingo Seat/Battery Cover
    Stab with Decals
    Wing with Decals


    Test Flying

    Flight Report

    Beginners ask many times over at www.Wattflyer.com (A sister all electric web site of RC Universe.) if I would recommend a plane for a beginner and we had developed a thread with planes that I and others felt comfortable recommending in our beginners forum. After my first flight with the plane, it was time to add the Wingo to that list. Of course it helps beginners to be on a buddy box and to practice extensively on a flight simulator program but the Wingo can be set up with fairly mild control surface throw rates and it was slow enough for a beginner to have time to think through some tough situations that might arise.

    On a flat surface the pane easily took off from the ground or you could hand toss it with a straight forward firm throw. Flying stock, it struggled in grass longer than one inch but a brushless motor easily took it off from grass. The large wing added a lot of stability to the flight and those foam hinges worked quite well under all the flying conditions that I put the Wingo through. I liked how the plane would slow down to a bit faster than walking pace and the Wingo still wouldn't stall out. The plastic cover on the nose of the plane protected it from less than perfect landings and gravel in my driveway when I flew it at home.

    The Wingo can handle wind with the stock setup as my video shows but going brushless in the wind was a huge help when flying into the wind. I had a lot of fun simply trying to have the plane hover in a heavy head wind and attempt to fly it backwards in gusting wind. As with most planes, it moved along "right nice" with the wind. The Wingo could do only very basic aerobatics with the stock setup. In order to loop, I needed to do a little dive to build up speed. The plane would actually start to lift in mild thermals and got up there faster than I expected in heavy thermals. Stock, I couldn't get the Wingo to fly inverted but could with a Mega brushless setup. The Wingo would lose altitude flying inverted but it was a lot of fun trying. I liked how the large rudder allowed nice hammerheads when flying brushless. The plane just noses up then drops forward when forced into a stall and stall recovery was a matter of building up speed. Landings for an experienced pilot were a non event, all I had to do to land the plane is reduce power and the Wingo settled right in. A beginner would have to practice takeoffs and landings to become proficient but the plastic nose cone helps to protect the plane and the pusher prop configuration helped save the added expense of buying new props all the time.

    Broadband 8.2MB
    Dialup 697 KB


    The Wingo was one of those planes that needed to be put back into production. It's fun for experienced pilots to play around with and had the ability for a new pilot to learn how to fly. There were several options offered by the manufacturer and Hobby-Lobby for the plane. The water skis looked like they would be a lot of fun to use with a geared or brushless motor. The Wingo also had the flexibility to carry a payload and many pilots used the plane as a camera platform. I enjoyed doing slow fly bys and touch and go's with the Wingo. I liked a Mega brushless with a three cell lipo 2100 battery and leisurely flying the Wingo around my property. I was really nice to see the return of such a fun plane.

    Wingo USA

    Manufacturer Info

    5614 Franklin Pike Cr.
    Brentwood, TN 37027

    Comments on RCU Review: Hobby Lobby Wingo USA

    Posted by: emaples501 on 01/19/2008
    Great aircraft wish every one had one, that way parts would be avalable. I have 2 all duct taped up and they still fly. Ernie. Tennessee
    Posted by: layback2 on 03/12/2008
    I fly large planes iam going to buy one just for the great fun of slow flight lol everyone needs a Wingo
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