View Full Version : Guillow's Kits
09-08-2007, 04:53 PM
I know there are many great designs for control line but I was wondering if anyone has successfully flown one of the Guillows designs . I'm talking about the 25" wingspan kits , Zero , Mustang , Warhawk etc.
09-08-2007, 07:23 PM
Sure, lots of us have built and flown those... for one flight! :shock: Because the kits are trying to be c/l and r/c and gas f/f and rubber f/f, everything is a compromise. C/l has to be tough, and the Guillows kits don't make it.
I have flown a Guillows kit c/l, but it was handlaunch (an art form on its own) over foot-long grass. If you toughen it up enough (and ya gotta know where), it can be flown over pavement, but I do not recommend it.
Are you just getting into c/l, or do you have some experience? There are lots of other c/l kits out there, designed for the purpose. Unfortunately, c/l has fallen on tough times these days ("noise"), and kits are getting rare.
Some profiles work exceptionally well. Long ago, our club used to put on "Profile Scale" events for 049s, and it is remarkable what can be done!
09-08-2007, 08:09 PM
I used to fly control line quite a bit , I fly rc now but lately have had the urge to build another . I built the Guillow's Zero as free flight many years ago and was wondering how those kits worked for control line . I sent you a pm about your Mixmaster .
09-11-2007, 05:17 PM
"Unfortunately, c/l has fallen on tough times these days ("noise"), and kits are getting rare."
Can't seem to come to term with this statement ........... Would seem to me that ("noise") is the domain of the R/C flyer .. certainly in my neck of the Woods ........... and with reference to the rarity of Kits ........... there has never been a better time to buy a C\L kit than now and the resurgence of Control Line activity is in no small part due to this outlet ....................
Tight Lines ........ And keep Circulating :lol:
09-11-2007, 08:10 PM
Hm. Good points. I remember fighting for a control line site years ago, and the single problem was noise. I suggest that if one was to go to the public park, or schoolground, and fire up a c/l model (the way I did in the Very Old Days), having a second flight would depend on the community I guess.
Really too bad, as control line flying has been proven to cut vandalism if it is allowed to continue...
Brodak must indeed be commended for supporting the c/l kit industry! I also agree that the 'net and this site are very, very helpful. :D
10-14-2007, 01:10 AM
I've built a lot of these over the years. Some are better for certain types of flying than others.
I built the 22" Sterling Stearman in both Cox .09 C/L and Cox .020 Free Flight. The Stearman was overpowered with the .020. Giant climbing loops.
Many make for great static display. When weight is not an issue they can be really detailed. While suitable for all ages if you get a kid determined to complete one of those, you have a modeler. It's worth the try.
10-17-2007, 10:40 AM
Guillows Mecca. This good stuff.
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