The Polish built Wilga is famed for it's STOL capability and ruggedness, two features that this great little scale model also shares!
Manufactured from ultra-tough EPO foam, this Wilga is nicely molded with plenty of detail, assembly is fast, helped by the included brushless motor, servo's and ESC all being pre-installed. Considering it's price, this great looking Wilga is packed with features, including sprung main wheels and tail wheel, hinged side door with a latch for easy battery access, pre-fitted flaps and a scale prop that is secured by a practical O-ring saver.
This Wilga is the perfect scale parkflyer, it's combination of a light flying weight and toughness make the Wilga easy to live with and it's slow fly capability, especially when using the pre-installed flaps is impressive, this is a brilliant model for a relaxing days flying!
Features: Plug and Fly - Simply add your own RX and Battery! (not included) Tough Epo Construction High Level of Scale Detail Easy and Fast Assembly Flaps Pre-Installed as Standard Removable 1pc Wing for Easy Transport Sprung Main Under-Carriage Wheels Sprung, Steerable Tailwheel Motor, Servo's and ESC Pre-Installed O-Ring Prop Saver for Reliability
Includes: Manual 2 x Scale Prop
Specs: Material:EPO Wingspan: 950mm Length: 678mm Flying Weight: 360g Speed Controller: 15A brushlessESC w/BEC Servo: 1 x 8g and 3 x 6g Motor: 2226-2300kv Brushless Outrunner 5 Channel
Required: Your own 5~6 Channel Tx/Rx 2s 7.4V 1000mAh Lipoly Battery
I got mine the other day, I'm rather new at it, but I'm handy. I smashed the cowling too, my repair consists of a coke bottle bottom. target=_blank>coke cowl
I found the plane to be very tail heavy and flew correctly only after taping to AA cells for ballast under the front of the nose of the plane, so beware. I'll plug in a bigger battery (1000 mAh at the moment) and lose that dead weight. Flies nice in my limited experience; it's always cold and windy here. I like the cable and anchor bolt system for the control systems, very adjustable. The plane seems pretty robust, the leading link suspension does little and is a bit flimsy, but hey. The aileron servo was jittery at first, but settled in ok.
In reply to FoxDie and Chris below (some bug is keeping me from replying there): The aileron runs on one servo, so channel five stays open. The flaps also came set with the cable at the lowest throw on the horn of the servo, so swap it's position to get more movement in the flaps.
Hi Philippe, I too smashed the cowl on the second series of flights ... I'm using a 1.5L Pepsi bottle bottom for my replacement cowl. My experience with nose weight is similar to yours ... needs quite a bit, even with a 2S 1000mAh pack pushed as far forward as I can get it. I have the kit version, so had to figure-out my own engine mount (using a Turnigy 2730/1300kv with an 8x4.7 SF prop).
hi all, bought the wilga a couple of weeks ago now flown it and can report that it is a little beauty.... if you want a full scale model, it will cost a few pennys more then the $63 this cost. first appearances were that it is a bit flimsy, it isn't! it flys well and after a couple of launches and circuits, it flew great. the flaps are really an eye opener on such a small cheap model, they are very effective, and slow the model right down although she needs a bit of down trim for level flight. great for flying low and slow circuits , and the landing is very scale like, although the grass at my field is a bit long and has pulled out the plastic slot that holds the undercarriage wires I put this back with the glue supplied , but it pulled out again... no big drama,its now in with gorilla glue so its not going to happen again. this has been the only fault I could find and this is minor. this little plane is fast becoming one of my favourites.
Hi guys, can someone tell me what prop size this uses? I didn't measure mine before I lost the second one. Also, is there replacable landing gear as that fell off mid flight to never be found. Great learner model though - I should have started with this model years ago - would have saved me heaps in repairs to my 330 extra!
No Question I just wish to say what great success I have had with teaching my 8 year old Grandson to fly his WILGA .
We have had 10 early morning flying sessions since Christmas.
By being very disciplined we haven't had any damage at all.
Restricted our flying to over 600 mm high grass.
This morning he progressed to very accurate low level circuits and go arounds and landing on the spot.
We are both very pleased with my choice of his first RC aircraft. How do I attache a photo ??? Ian Aspland AUS
Click on the reply button here. Then click on the word "File" under the white box. In the pop up window click on the "Choose File" button and choose a file. Name it and click on the "Upload!" button. That should work. Glad to hear about your success with this plane and your grandson.
I had to change the motor mount after 3 take off trials (broken props and cowl). The plane was going to the right with no chance to compensate by rudder. Therefore I installed a balsa firewall and now it might go straight... but I lost the instructions and don't know the CG. Any help with? PS What about prop type?
The size of the servo will be relevant to the strength required needed to adequately move the control the surface of whatever airplane your flying. You can use the 1g in very small Parkflyers, the 8g for small and mid-sized airplanes under 2 pounds.
Well I am flying mine here in Mé*xico City 7300 ft high (2300 m ) above sea level,with 2s flies beautifull, I got some thermals with it, I am very happy.Please go to my club web, scroll down, you will see it *******clubhobbyradio.blogspot.mx/search?updated-max =2012-10-13T23:36:00-07:00&max-results=1&start=6&by- date=false.
OK Flew the plane on 2s and 3s and I have to say the flight characteristics of this plane SUCK!! I bought it as I live beside a park and thought it would be nice relaxing high wing park flyer. At first I thought my CG was off but checked and it was bang on. Plane stalls so easy it is almost certain to stall on your first take off if your not fast at getting rid of the flaps and applying down elevator. Once flying U better like flying with rudder as applying just ailerons makes this plane nose up and try stall again. If U are thinking of this as a trainer look elsewhere. Mine will definately be sold as I simply don't like it. My Beaver is ten times the STOL and is much nicer to fly. To each is own I guess but this one is not for me.
Oh yeah, it does fly horribly. This plane is not meant to fly good, it's only meant to sort of resemble the appearance of the real thing, at which it fails as well. What makes the full scale plane STOL are the LE slats and slotted flaps and ailerons, if you want a scle wilga, you will need to get one that functions the same way too. It's just hard to find one for $63.
Just wish I knew this before I wasted the $115 total cost for the plane before I bought it. Now that we are not allowed to write reviews anymore its hard to find out prior to purchasing what the plane is like. Guess thats the reasoning behind HK not allowing us to do reviews anymore and deleting our comments here which is what will probably happen to this. Lets wait and see "S" For me their thinking has backfired as I have already gone elsewhere for purchases on some larger ticket items lately. There is always someone at the top making what they think are brilliant decisions until sales drop and then they are not sure why!!
I would go with a Graupner adapter. It is a 3mm shaft, that way you can use pretty well any prop. Putting those O rings on risks the mount far more than saving the prop. The hub pops out of the prop anyway.
Got my Wilga yesterday. Great plane, lot of fun.
But props did not last long and engine cover is cracked. Where can I get spares?
Flying with 7035 so far, but original looks better and seems to be a bit lighter.
Why this plane is in russian langue ?
Many pilots from Poland won spectaluar Prizes in FAI on this plane.
Short historical reviews
Wilgas are used in civil aviation for touring, observation, glider towing, parachute training, and bush flying. In Poland, they form the backbone contingent of the Polish Aero Club where they are the basic aircraft used in flight training. Polish pilots flying Wilgas have won numerous prizes in the FAI World Rally Flying and Precision Flying Championships, from 1978 to 2006. In military service they are used as liaison, recovery and light observation platforms.
Plan e looks god
Does it really matter what little letters and numbers are on the plane. I fly the plane, not the decals. It's not as if there's much there. Take them off and paint the Polish flag on them if it's that important. These planes are used in many countries but let's not get political over a few decals. It's a great plane, that's what counts.
I don't understand a lot of your post but it's very easy to paint EPO foan or even buy the decals to replace the ones which you wish to change. There are no icons, just letters and numbers. They can be purchased in any good office supply outlet. It would save HK the hassles of selling a plane to suit every country in the world as well. Do you actually want to buy this plane?
Painting is not correct. The colours are as in the Polish version, and stickers as Russian. DOSSAF plane should be in yellow and red colours, not red and white. You have to correct, or, stickers, or colours.
Like I said, Who cares? EPO can be painted but if you are too lazy to find the right paint and paint it yourself. At no stage has HK or anyone stated this is supposed to be of any nationality. HK merely mentioned that there are a number of these planes in Poland. They didn't say it was a copy of a Polish plane. HK don't "have" to do anything about changing colours or decals. It's OK the way it is. Whatever the colour scheme.
Of course. www.link Wilga is a very good plane as training plane.By "have to" I mean, what should to do customer, to plane be more scale and right in detail. Other models, like warbirds, are precisely made in that field by HK.
Actually Robert, you did see the plane prior to buying it. I assume you did buy it. The choice is yours and if the paint job isn't up to your standards or it offends you then you have the right not to buy it. As I said earlier, it's a simple matter to repaint it but remember it can change the CG of the plane but that's easily fixed. It's like many planes all Hobby companies sell. The real thing can be found in many countries around the world and the cost of having to manufacture them in the correct regalia would put the price way up for the customer. Lettering, by the way is very easy to change they can be peeled off and new ones added.
I just ordered this Wilga. I already had the other one which was not very good quality. I am hoping this one is better. As soon as it arrives and is assembled and test flown I will have a review up here. Should be a couple weeks at least for it to get here as it was ordered from the overseas warehouse.
Sadly my Wilga arrived yesterday completely crushed. I am having to file a claim via my local post service to see if they will pay for it. If not I will order another as the quality of it looked great when I opened the package. Needless to say I was very upset with my local post service for paying attention to the FRAGILE sign on the box. Everything in the box was well packed with foam but unfortunately there was another box on top of my package and it had to be extremely heavy to crush the well protected plane. :(
The post service can take up to 90 days to refund the money for the damaged kit so I went ahead and ordered a new one. Will have a review when it comes in IF it isn't damaged also! I am keeping my fingers crossed this time!
Pug, mine was shipped EMS Express here to USA. I have pictures of the box when it was delivered. I have since had to file with the US post service to get my money refunded due to the damage but it looks like I will be waiting til December for that to happen so I went ahead and ordered another kit. Now I am hiding from the wife so she doesn't kill me! LOL
LOL!! I am reluctant to use the "recommended" motors as listed under the parts menu (SK3's Aerodrives) because of all the mods required which I'd rather not carry out at this time being a beginner in quads and tricopters. Have you any suggestions to give me about alternative equally powerful motors, that DON'T need grinding in order to fit?
At this point I can't say because I only got to look at the plane for a few moments before rejecting it due to the damage done when the box was crushed. Once I get the replacement plane here in a couple weeks I should have a review of it then.
hey that's too bad dalosiman :-(
Got mine yesterday by EMS. The outer box was pretty F&^%%ked! Luckily the plane was fine in side the carton Maybe EMS need to check their staff out in packing and handling 101 again.
You're right on the money dalosiman. It IS a very nice build for a foamy. Real smooth skin and it feels "chunky" and not a throw-away weight. They've taken some trouble on this plane, is my opinion. It goes together easily, no sweat. Fiddly bits are the antennas for the wing tip, top of fin. In my opinion they antennas are too thick to look the real deal but you can get away with leaving them off altogether. The wing center-section antenna above the cockpit roof is good though. Could paint that one matt-black. Central feature for me is the undercarriage* looks cool but be careful of the leggings that cover the undercarriage legs* you may need to bend the wire undercarriage to match the leg pants* angle's not the same. Be careful of the "manual" Most of it is nonsense!
Hiya Pug, I finally got my other Wilga. The box was a bit smashed this time as well so I won't be buying from the international or china warehouse again anytime soon. There was very minor damage this time compared to last. I had the plane together in about 30 minutes and have my 7 ch. $pektrum radio all programmed with it and ready to go. No flying today as it is too windy but I will be flying it asap!! You're definitely correct in stating that they took some time to think out this model. I really like the feel of the foam and it went together without a hitch. The manual is useless unless you plan on using it as kindling to start a fire lol! Anyhow, I'll have a flight review soon. Oh and btw, my wife likes this so much she said it may just belong to her now!
You're one up on me *-) Mine is ready to fly but hasn't yet because of my work* I am a med-carer (live-in) just off-duty today. Weather here sucks big time (Scotland) but hoping to get it airborne during my week off!
Scott - The description says 1 x 8g servo and 3 x 6 g servos. Is it safe to assume 8g servo for elevator and 6g servos : 1 for aileron and 2 for flaps ? Then what about Rudder ?
Can you help clarify this ?
Hi guys I hit my Wilga today, very impressive. I also have the bigger brother, if it flies half as good it will be a great performer, this model with an extra channel will be a great tow plane for the ask 21 from eflite. Overall First impression is first rate, will test fly this weekend and let you know.
I fly a Wilga on the G5.5 simulator and it is a kick. I saw one at an Airshow in California....Everyone called it a Storch and I was the only one who knew what it was...It did a sjort Demo flight and left the show. I would love to have the model but shipping cost prevents it.
The shipping of planes seems to be very slow lately. I ordered one on the 18th and took 8 days to get from the JIT warehouse to the front warehouse instead of the 3 to 5 days. It still isn't here. A bit of a waste of $40.00 for EMS freight.
Yeah, HK should change name in description, considering round canopy and 2-bladed prop this is definitely not WILGA 2000 model (I don't see much difference either ). And I dont think producers see much difference putting russian cirilica or any other writting like I can't recognize difference between chinese or japanese hieroglyph.
racist ??? Not to offend you, but that's dumb... I just tired to make an example how models with wrong or different labels could appear when they are produced for markets with language absolutely unknown for you... To say true, I even don't care for those labels, just almost the same day this model appeared here I took pictures of these 2 WILGA's I posted.
fyi - kevlar, which is used in bullet proof vests is also a plastic. for an everyday example of how tough "plastics" can be, what do you think jocks, padding for sports equipment like shoulder pads, shin guards and motorcycle helmets etc r made from? lets see u rip apart a polycarbonate soda bottle in half with your bare hands. dont lump all plastics together as some plastics r some of the strongest stuff out there
Well it does say on the listing """O-Ring Prop Saver for Reliability"""" but my prop savers have never saved many props. They should be called shaft savers. They have saved many motor shafts from being bent. once again another Jasper5Thumbs Up
This is a very nice version of the old Polish WILGA PLZ-104 .
This is in no way a WILGA 2000 the title over the ad is totally wrong .
A WILGA 2000 is a complete modernized version of the old PLZ-104.
Hobbyking is selling a other Wilga that's looking a bit like a wilga 2000.
Sasha, are there different markings for the 'Non-voluntary society for Cooperation with the Army'? :)
Just kidding, that must be some sort of Russian military reserve or auxiliary unit?
I do like the the Wilga, whatever it says on it.
I wish I had known this Wilga was going to be released. I bought the other one and it is ****! This one looks much better, has flaps, and more detail and is cheaper. This will be my next plane to replace the other one that was also labeled Wilga 2000. This one isn't a 2000 as it has the round/radial engine cowl. The 2000 has a slim profile cowl to fit a horizontal engine instead of radial.
DOSAAF eas a society much like AMA, it organized glider clubs all around the country, as well as assisted to modeling clubs, it had plants which produced model its as well as glow engines etc. Not military. After learning soaring in dosaaf, people often went to air force or civil aviation.
hi virginiajim these parts are simple 2 of the parts are rods fiberglass about 2 inches long the other is 2 pices of fiberglass strips connected by clear plastic with a hole in the middle and 2 plastic tabs on eather end larry
Hey Larry, use them to reinforce the horizontal stabilizer.
1 thumbs up!
Good packaging no damage in transit.
Plane looks beautiful and well designed.
Assembly was easy took about 2 hours.
Landing gear and wheels are spring loaded.
Very unique motor mount with springs to absorb head-on impact/crash.
Flaps work perfectly.
Motor has lots of power.
The motor angle was inaccurate - check the motor shaft angle before flight.
Instructions manual was useless.
The prop-saver is useless... it is more of a prop adapter.
The prop was brittle and broke upon a low impact landing.
Shipping to USA was 14 days (standard ship).
Not recommended as a first plane.
Be prepared to assemble by seeing / guessing pictures on the box.
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Received yesterday.... I Like this little plane. Quality seems pretty good... very light, build is simple. Should be a real floater. Maiden this weekend.
As stated by others .... manual = useless ..... hey HOBBYKING step it up on the manual.... beginners will fail if they do not have some sort of build and set up info. This manual is as poor as poor can be.
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Got my Wilga today.
Assembled, flew, broke landing gear off on rough landing, fixed, flew again.
Assembly is no problem at all. Everything is in the box, including a glue and even a screwdriver. It took me no more than half an hour to put everything together.
The plane requires some smooth ground to take off and land. Wheels are quite small, so pavement or a lawn mowed short would be good.
Takes off after a very short run, steady climb. Plane is very stable and handles well. Loops and rolls, inverted flight are easy. Bank and yank rolls are tight, rudder rolls need some elevator assistance.
Flaps make a pline to pitch up. Some forward pressure or mix into elevator is needed to maintain level. But with full flaps flight is really slow.
Plane glides well both with and without flaps. Not a real glider, of course, but can return and land without an engine running.
Landing is no problem. Don't hit the planet too hard or landing gear will separate with a peace of foam. Easy to fix, and better gear than wing or tail :)
With a 950 mAh 2s nanotech I had 12 minutes of flight, half throttle with some full throttle bursts. The plane can accomodate a twice larger battery if needed.
The only flaw I found is that there is a single servo on ailerons. So the push rods are quite tight in a sleeves. And You cannot do mixing of flaps to ailerons like real Wilga has.
Overall the very plea
No instructions for assembly but it's very straight forward. Before glueing the tailwheel on, look for the two carbon rods connected with plastic, these actually glue under the tail wheel and onto the horizontal stabilizer as support struts.
I would pop the landing gear retainer and reglue if flying on grass, mine tore out after a few landings, I just duct taped it back on for now.
Excellent STOL capabilities, doesn't particularly like much wind.
Winner, winner chicken dinner.
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This by far the very best arf kit I have every bought and as soon as they are back in stock I am going to buy a spare. I have mounted a 808 Micro camera and the HD camera that HK sells and it fly's great with them mounted to the top of the wing. I fly off grass and take off with the flaps down and it jumps off the ground and make sure you put some down elevator or it will do a loop on take off. It has a lot of throw in rudder aileron and elevator so stay on your toes. I am using the HK 6 channel radio but it does not have dual rates. The USA warehouse need these in stock NOW..... Good flying to all.