Wilga-2000 is made from crash resilient EPO foam, A perfect R/C model for beginners and as well as pro-flyers! The kit includes a power brushlessoutrunner, ESC and servos all pre-installed. It also includes floats for fun water takoffs plus standard landing gear. All you need is your own Rx and battery to be ready to fly. (Plug-n-Fly)
Its small size means its easy to carry just about anywhere or fit into the boot of your car and its easy flying characteristics plus flexible and forgiving EPO construction make it a stress free trainer for almost anyone. Curved wing tips and forgiving airfoil make this an easy and stable plane to fly at slow speed. A great trainer or lazy Sunday flyer!
NO!! It has many problems for new pilots to figure out, go to a bixler 1, much better quality, look down the discussion every one is looking for motors etc to repair this plane, not well set up for beginner.
A lot of people are looking for a motor mount, (including me) but I think I will glue in a block of EPS/EPO foam with a bit of ply glued to it for a motor mount. the 2s motors in these wilgas are very poor, mine lasted 3 flights before falling to bits in mid air!
A good plane, i do agree a fe fixes are in oreder... I mounted the elevator using the arrangement supplied however, epoxied it on also and put one extra larger screw with washer at the tip (just under the rudder) to stop it from moving sideways on the horizontal surface. Used a knife to carefully slide under the entire cowl glue was cut and came off, remounted with screws. 4 Clevises, 1 for rudder, elevator & 2 for ailerons are reasonable however, when mounting aileron servo and push rods, be careful to consider 1 clevis is shorter on one side, for good reason. I removed the wheels & spats and put on some larger wheels for grass take offs, with collars... Hk have good collar kits available under parts and, i recommend all to have stock of these in your kit...they are so cheep at the price and come in Pkts of ten..
make sure you re-glue with hotmelt glue gun the spikes at the front of each wing or you will be in for a nasty surprise, and check the grub screws on the motor and the c clip. Mine is still in piece's, I hav'nt rebuilt it since it fell apart mid air. If you hav'nt already throw the motor away and get a AXN floater jet replacement motor. Hope you have better luck than the rest of us.
Hi Ralph, thanks mate... what spikes? No spikes at front of wing, it is held in with a long metal bolt from the top on mine...perhaps an update...since yours fellout of the sky (sorry to hear that)...not certain...unless you are refering to wing strut mounts on fues are you? also upon removing the cowl, mine has a small anodised orange motor, spring mounted to the plastic engine mount, is this the same set up as yours?
Thanks for the feed back... always appreciated
Yes maybe an update hopefully!, the wings when you assemble them, butt together with a small piece of plastic through each wing to form like a 6" carbon rod, only it's plastic, where the two wings butt together the front of them have a serrated edge that goes into the cabin/fuselage attaching the wing to the plane, there are no long metal bolts on mine only small bolts on the back of the wing where it attache's to the fuselage, and the motor on mine is a very weak 2s chrome out runner not orange, that spring loading on your motor, LOOK AGAIN!! mine did that and after it fell apart I FOUND OUT IT WAS NO SPRING! IT WAS THE WHOLE SHAFT MOVING BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS AND IT'S ONLY THE MAGNETS HOLDING IT TOGETHER! there was no "C" clip on the bearing of the motor and all the grub screws were gone as well! when it moved back the bearing fell out and the bell of the motor cut into the motor wires and shorted everything out!.... hopefully they have addressed some of the issues everyone has had with this plane, it can be made into a good plane but what was sent to me was not! Mine had the plastic engine mount (now destroyed) and every screw was rusted like it had been in the rain, Paul I hope you have a good run with it, How much power does the new motor Have?? it could barely hold itself up with the old 2s motor.
Hi mate..woopsy, i thought it was my yak we were talking about..
Yes agreed there was a little slop with the motor shaft, after mounting the prop... will pull it down and review.. if need be will order the floater jet motor if you reckon its a good fit..
As for the wing spiikes, yes i had that problem too... re glues with epoxy and glued the two wing halves together as well with epoxy.
Cheers again for the advice on the motor.. goes to show , must check, re-glue and loctite everything before any flights on any models... simple building principals clearly you are aware of... but nonetheless...
thank god for HKing & the chinese.. have a good start to the week. cheres again,. will look at that motor b4 maiden
The floater motor is I think 180watts on 3s so should be heaps of power for this wilga, When I put mine together (again) I'll hotmelt glue the wings together and put the floater motor in with a 1300mah 3s 25c battery, I have a spare mystery 30amp esc from E B A Y $7.00!!delivered. maybe use the 2s battery for a paper weight... Good luck with your maiden,
As long as you fix the problems before you fly it, I would recommend a bixler over this plane. Look down the discussion, nearly all are looking for motors or repairing wings, very poor performance on standard plane
I think a rubber band would be an upgrade to the original 2s motor, but the Turnigy L2210-1650 Bell Style Motor (250w) should do, it's about $9, or the axn replacement motor it's about the same price but I don't know how the axn motor would go off water, either motor is 3 times more powerful than the original 2s motor.
I tried to put this in the review area but it won't let me so here it goes! , On about it's 3rd flight the motor literally fell apart in the air, with the resulting rough landing the spikes on the front of each wing separated from the wings, the motor I had to re-solder new wires right upto the windings, and discovered there is no "C" clip to hold the motor together! I super glued the bearing in and hope that holds it together, literally it's only the magnets stopping it from falling apart again! This plane can be upgraded with 3s motor, battery etc, but you have to check every screw and glued joint on this plane, VERY poor quality from hobbyking, I've bought 10 or so planes from hobbyking, I regard this as the poorest quality They have ever supplied me. and I advise unless you repair wings and replace motor to 3s, .....AVOID this plane at all cost! ....Did I mention the wheels don't turn? there jammed in the pants!........BUY A BIXLER any one they are all better than this! if you upgrade everything you can make it into a good plane, but as it is standard it's a disaster for a newbie! (or anyone else!)
I've been flying my Global Fly stock Wilga for about 2 months. It's the same airframe with a stock 11.1V 1300mAH setup. Heaps of power for short takeoffs off grass and water with the included floats.
I see from below that the HK Wilga stock setup is 7.4V and see that there are issues with grass takeoffs etc.
Guys, the price HK offers for PNF is good, but do yourselves a massive favour and upgrade to 11.1V. Also, put some struts on so the wings stay firm when you pull some high G turns. Yes, my 11.1V setup can climb vertical, even with the floats on.
John, this wilga can be made into a good plane, When I put mine back together (again) I will use the AXN replacement motor a 30amp esc and a 1300mah 3s 25c battery,.... Hows the cabin space in this plane! IT'S HUGE!! we should treat this plane as a kit, fit our own preferred electrics, and anybody looking for an FPV this would have to be the biggest cabin for this size plane anywhere!!!
Hey Ral, yup. Agree. In fact I now see my (2) Wilgas as 'utility' planes. I've installed a bomb bay in each one, with a 9g servo to open the bomb door. You can fly high and drop streamers, acorns, or parachutes. Also got lights on the one and it's my night flyer. I use this one to drop little fishing glow sticks in the dark sky.
The other Wilga (without lights) is used to fly on water. I've got a streamer connected to the tail wheel (which must be glued in, not just a press-fit) and the bomb drop opens up and deploys the streamer just before a water landing. The 4m long streamer (ribbon) touches the water and adds drag to that critical landing time, so the plane does not pitch forward and dunk the motor into the water. Without the streamer setup I've dunked the motor so many times ... in sea water ... so it's quite amazing it still works. Overall a very versatile and fun aircraft.
Yea I think the plane has great potential but hobby king should sell them as a kit because where there buying them from have no quality control and there vastly under powered. as a kit all the problems could be addressed in the first build rather than have everyone looking for motors and re-attaching wings and growling they fell apart in the air. I'm sure when mine goes back together it will come out a lot better than it did the first time. I'm glad your enjoying yours I've sorta skipped over mine and I'm back into teksumo and bonsai again.
It won't take off from grass but it hand launches easy. landing on grass will result in a nose over. shouldn't cause damage if going slow. better option is to remove the gear and belly land. just make sure throttle is off on touch down or you will break your prop.
Pull off the wheel pants and pop on some bigger wheels. HK has a range of super light wheels that will work. I think I put 45mm dia wheels on, and I confess that I also shortened the landing gear 'cos it's too flexy. Simple mod, just make sure you bend each strut symmetrically. My Wilga handles nicely if the takeoff is smooth (eg. cricket pitch or road, but with the big wheels and less flexy landing struts it'll roll nicely on average grass. Good luck.
Battery connection? Have assembled the wilga and discovered that even though I purchased the batteries recommended by hobbyking - the connectors don't match. The battery has a yellow connector with 2 round holes and the plane has 2 flat. Blades, 1 at right angles to the other. How do we make a square peg fit a round hole?
You can buy an adapter for HobbyKing ""Male XT60 <-> Female T-Connector (1pc/bag)"" SKU: 601A-XTTB (THEY ARE ON BACK ORDER) or you coulc make one. Or just change one connector. Either way you can buy what you need from the international warehouse.
Mine came with a rod fixed to the underside of the wing. Flying today in a bit of wind for practice looked like the wing had way too much flex. Having read some of the comments below about busting wings in mid flight - I'm off to the garage now to build some wing struts to anchor the wings to the fuselage.
It's the plastic spikes on the front of the wing, both let go on mine luckily it was on a rough landing, hot glue gun fixed the issue, if it comes apart again I will hot glue the 2 wings together with the small plastic strut super glued in the wings.
I replaced mine with a Turnigy Park 450 outrunner 890kv. And run it on 3s. The original ESC is rated to handle the Amps ( about 10 A )but I intend to replace that as well to be on the safe side. This new motor has to mount on the front of the motor mount and you need to extend the nose cowl with a strip of plastic bottle. This new location also fixed the C of G for the plane.
Hi eveyone. I just brought this plane, but am lost on how to connect the esc to the battery. I saw someone mentioned JST plug, but where do you have to buy that from? And just another quick question, using a turnigy quick charge, how long should a 1300mAh 2s lipo battery take to charge? thanks
hey there, firstly I would solder some 4mm bullet connections between the ESC and the motor. That way you can change your hardware later. Also if you use the 4mm bullet connections you can swap them around just in case your prop is spinning in the wrong direction!. A JST plug is simply a means of connecting a battery to a charger. I allows the charger to individualy charge the cells of the battery. This is called a balance charge and features on most modern day chargers. If your new to the hobb
I used the HK 6 ch Tx/Rx and soldered up a Y-cable which split the two power wires from the signal power wires. So the three servo leads were there and the two that take power (brown[-] and red[ ]) had a second cable which plugged into the receiver.
On mine I needed to use a 3mm (exactly!) drill bit to widen the centre holed of the propeller. I then took the first nut (M3) off. You leave the nut and two washers closest to the motor. Take off the single washer, slider the propeller onto the shaft and then put the nut on. When you tighten the nut it will fit in the propeller and then you hold the nut closest to the motor with pliers and tighten up the nut furtherest away from the motor.
There's a free simulator on the internet called FMS, you can teach yourself to fly RC without crashing your plane! then you can do aerobatics fly inverted and then crash your plane, but you'll know what you did wrong!....... Seriously get a hot glue gun poke and push the foam back into shape and glue the pieces together it's made of EPO foam so it should be repairable, my last crash took 4 sticks of hot melt glue and 10 small tubes of super glue to put it back together it still flies like new! mind you my fingers are stuck together. Half the fun is repairing them after you've crashed them! good luck!
hi cunningbaldrick i have the wilga 2000 as well and i had my friend mic have had to change the motor twice the reason is that I used a 3 cell bat but the motor that came with it is only good with 2 cell so anyway I’*ll get back to you on the motor that I’*m using right all thanks to mic. ps this plane is really easy to land
Hi all. Re-Glue everthing. especiall the front wing holding plastic. If came off in flight ripping the wings off and the plane turned into a missile that kept going...no idea what and who it hit*#*$*$. Second plane flys fantastic on 3S.
Really urging more reviews, tossing up now between the Super Cub, or this. Are there any major issues I need to know, that may cause damage/injury? Is the airframe in good condition? How about the engine mounts, wings, gears, anything else. Would the plane require regluing of parts before flight? i intend to check it all over to make sure all is strong, and in good condition. Need to know ASAP preferably before the end of the week. How long would I wait for it to get to Adelaide? Thanks
Everything else is fine regluing would be a good idea though. Also if you order on wednsday it should be at the post office on fri or sat. J3 and this plane are just as good as each other but from nsw (Australian) warehouse it will come quicker.
I have just ordered the Wilga for a bit of "off water" flying. But I am bit surprised at the recommended battery (1330mAh 2S 7.4 volt). Can anyone confirm that this is correct?* I would have expected it to be 3S, 11.1v for this size of aircraft.
i think towerpro 2408 is very good for this plane, due weight. but looking spinner, perhaps another.
Very impressed. Only took 3 days from the NSW warehouse and arrived well packed with no damaged. Assembly was very easy. I did have one issue, the engine mount was not stuck on perfectly straight requiring it to be removed an restuck. Other than that it was all systems go for it's first flight. I am new to RC planes and I had no issues keeping it in the air and landing was very easy. C of G was to far back for me so at the moment the battery is mounted in the nose behind the motor which gives a C of G of 38mm from leading edge. Great Plane.
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Shipped to Bendigo in Three Days. All intact, easy to assemble fun to set up and good short take offs :-)
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Fantastic model for beginners. Docile and predictable. HOWEVER.... there is a serious design weakness with the wing spar. It was highlighted by numerous posters before - inadequate wing spar! Upon receiving this plane I did re-glue everything. But on only second flight the wing folded like a butterfly. 2S battery, no aerobatics, only about 50pcnt power. It was only my second flight so I was taking it easy. I turned into a light wind and the wing went. HK, great plane but, PLEASE, reinforce the wing!
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Nice little plane with a few notable issues. The wing spar is very weak, strongly recommend re-glueing / reinforcing. The motor siezed about 10 seconds into my first light, killed the ESC in the process and the hole thing came tumbling out of the sky and finished its first flight as a pile of rubble. Fitted a new moter and ESC and it flies great abeit with a coke bottle nose as the original was smashed on the first flight.
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My one came with two right wing halves looks a bit lopsided. How do I get a left wing half.
Model came from Australian warehouse with no contact number or email address to ask about this problem.
Not very happy!!!!!