Seagull Bowers Fly Baby ARF
Seagull Bowers Fly Baby ARF

Seagull Bowers Fly Baby ARF

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Seagull Fly Baby 10cc-15cc ARF 

"I really love my Fly Baby - it went together really well, looked awesome, and flew great. If you’re looking for a good looking model of the Bowers Fly Baby, and you don’t want one made of foam (and don’t have the time to build a kit), look no further than Seagull Models!"   -Geoff Barber, RCUniverse.com

The Bowers Fly Baby is an easy-to-assemble, high quality scale ARF from Seagull Models. It's a perfect RC scale aircraft for the hobbyist that is looking to progress to a low-wing design. It is designed for a 10cc-15cc gas engine or comparable electric motor system.

The original Bowers Fly Baby was a single seat, home-built aircraft that first flew in 1962. Its designer, Peter Bowers probably had no idea at the time that his aircraft would still be being built in 2016! With a relatively low cost to assemble, the Fly Baby still remains popular to this day. Just a few years ago, this aircraft could be assembled in a garage for approximately $10,000 - for just a fraction of that cost, you can have your very own RC scale model of this classic homebuilt aircraft!

Features:
  • The airframe is constructed from lightweight balsa and balsa plywood. This makes for a very rigid and strong airframe 
  • High quality balsa and balsa plywood, these make light weight construction
  • Eye-catching scale color scheme
  • Authentic trim scheme covered in genuine Oracover (UltraCote) film
  • Plug-in wings make for easy assembly and disassembly, as well as easy transport to and from the flying field
  • The tail wheel is sprung which offers shock absorption and excellent ground handling
  • High-level of scale detail
  • Strong painted aluminum Scale undercarriage
  • Removable hatch with easy-access latching system
  • All necessary hardware included for either glow or electric power system
  • Fantastic looks & awesome performance!
Additional Resources:
RCUniverse.com Review: Seagull Bowers Fly Baby ARF

*There is an Oversize Shipping Surcharge of $26.00 on the Seagull Bowers Fly Baby ARF. 

Specifications:
Wingspan                  68.9 in (175 cm)
Wing area                 776.6 sq.in ( 50.1 sq.dm)
Weight                      7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
Length                      48.2 in (122.5 cm)
Engine                      10cc - 15cc
Glow engine             .61 - 2 stroke .91 – 4 stroke
Motor size                Power 60 ( Electric power)
Radio                        4 channels with 5 servos
Electric Conversion: Electric Conversion Parts Included
4 Stars
Satisfied Customer
This was my first order through SigPlanes.com. The Seagull Bowers Fly Baby is an excellent model! The "kit" assembles quickly, is built with precision, and looks great, both on the ground and in the air! Once trimmed out, it was like flying a zippy Cub around - she looks gorgeous and is a very easy flyer. I have only two negatives: 1. The wired rigging looks fantastic and really adds a lot, but if you break down your plane for transport or storage (removing the wings), you will struggle with how to deal with all of the loose wires (and springs!), which all connect to either the fuselage or the wheel axles. I managed to rig a system for some of them to attach to a couple of screw posts I installed near the leading edges of the wings, but not all. They are just flopping around and the springs can easily fall off, but I also put some of the springs in a little baggy for storage. It makes for a little extra time setting up at the field too. 2. The kit came missing all of the hardware for the wheel axles. I contacted SigPlanes and they discovered that all of their kits in stock were also missing that hardware! Still, they managed to locate and send me the parts within a week or so. I was very pleased with their service. All in all, I am very pleased with this airplane and the service from SigPlanes. She's a head-turner!
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Reviewed by:  from Knoxville. on 10/7/2016
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3 Stars
Engineer
Received the Seagull "Bowers Fly Baby" expecting to spend a couple of evening getting this ARF ready for flight...didn't happen. The plane arrived in a large box, well packaged and in very good shape. Removed the pre-built parts and noticed the construction was typical of wood ARF's. Built mainly of light weight plywood, and covered with "Oracover". The built-up wing, stabilizers and fuselage were of very good quality, with good covering and trim. The construction was straight forward, and looked good when completed. This was the good side...now the dark side. The instructions were fair at best, and for a novice builder, even with ARFs, these instructions left a lot to the imagination. I chose to use electric power and although this model included components to install the electrics and motor, the instruction manual was very vague and difficult to decipher. Having prior experience with installing electric system will be required. The major components went together well with some trimming of the covering materials. The smaller components such as the cowl, the landing gear, the flying wires required some modifications and/or complete part substitutions. The landing gear legs were not bent correctly to fit the mounting blocks. The hardware for the flying wires was insufficient and required alternate parts be used. The tail wheel assembly, although semi-scale in appearance, the part was not well made and required modification to function and trimming to make them fit. The model looks like it will be a great ship in the air...once we get it there!
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Reviewed by:  from Pennsylvania. on 8/27/2016
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4 Stars
Pilot
Some small parts are missing in the box. Good plan
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Reviewed by:  from Grsnger IN. on 1/6/2017
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4 Stars
Long time modeler
I found the finish and most of the attention to detail excellent. Have not flown yet as taking longer to install small Saito twin. Will have to split the cowl and do a little carving but will be well worth the extra effort if it flys as good as the other 8 or 9 models of this aircraft that I have built from scratch and plans over the past 35 years. Would have preferred wing screws to be accessed from bottom of fuse rather inside where ideal location for battery or Rx could be located. Changing mine to take a couple of nylon screws from bottom. Over all can't complain.
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Reviewed by:  from North Bend, OR. on 9/10/2016
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