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An Electric-Powered 3-channel R/C Trainer
Wingspan: 1051 mm (41⅜")

Designed for Mini or Micro R/C Equipment, for Rudder, Elevator and Motor Control

Please note: This kit now includes parts and instructions for fitting a brushless outrunner motor.

Kit includes:
CNC cut balsa components with tab and slot location for quick and accurate assembly. All other wood required to build the model. Plans and written instructions. Control horns, plastic clevises, control snakes and wing bands.

Additional items required: Motor, electronic speed controller, propeller to suit motor, prop adaptor, 2 x small servos, battery, receiver, covering material ( Solarfilm or Profilm recommended) glue.


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Designed by the well-known electric exponent John Stroud, the Beguine successfully combines the simplicity and user-friendliness of electric power with the classic lines of a high wing trainer.

The design is based on our accurately CNC-cut components that slot together easily and hold no worries for beginners and experts alike. The combination of lite-ply (where appropriate) and balsa make a strong overall model to help take those inevitable ‘bumps’ from the early stages of learning.

Power comes courtesy of a brushless 400-sized 120 watt (or thereabouts) motor directly driving the prop, or a standard brushed 400-size motor of similar power combined with a simple reduction gearbox. Instructions and plans are included for both set-ups. These motors are not provided in the kit. The design was always intended to exploit the characteristics of a basic power system and hence not frighten the builder with unnecessary expense and complication.

A 2-3 cell li-po battery pack is recommended for the brushless motor, with a capacity of 800-1300mah. A speed controller to match your motor will be necessary. If in doubt, choose a controller of slightly higher rating than you estimate you will need.

By staying with a non-aileron design, the Beguine keeps the need for servos down to two (mini size), and this in turn reduces the overall weight.

All linkage hardware and snakes are included and the builder just has to supply glue and covering materials. Modern heat shrink films are fine as are the more traditional tissue & dope methods.

Flight performance is impressive and ROG (Rise off Ground) take-offs are possible if the grass is short. Although designed to be a trainer, its compact size will be hard to see if you let her fly too far away. She will still fly at fairly low speed, thanks to the high lift wing section, to help prevent this happening too quickly.

Like all trainers, it is best to seek the help of an expert when setting up the model and for the first flight. He will also be able to give good instruction for those critical early flights.

For experienced modellers looking to get into electrics for some sedate flying, or as a first electric trainer, the Beguine is a great choice and will not break the bank!

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