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Fledgling - Radio control model 'For the sport flyer and especially the newcomer to radio control flying'. Span 56in, area 545sqin, for engines .23 to .40 size. Sterling kit no. FS-29.
Quote: "Steve, Here is the Sterling Fledgling. It was Sterling's answer to the Falcon 56. A bit simpler and perhaps a bit more rugged. I flew one with an HB .40 PDP which was probably a bit much for her. Now if you can get someone to submit the Gazariator you will have the 'size run' of the 3 Fledglings."
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Update 05/01/2016: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to Gene.
Update 09/05/2018: added kit review from Flying Models, April 1973, thanks to RFJ.
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User commentsWhen I started building my first 4 channel trainer in '81, I started with a set of fledgling plans while I was on a 4 month work term out of province. Before the project could be finished, I'd thought of building a Kadet as I was new to RC and my only experience to date had been on an RCM 1/2 A trainer that I self taught myself on. At the time, the Kadet seemed the easier 4 channel trainer to fly and I borrowed a set of Kadet plans from a friend who was wanting to learn. Realizing that my fledgling wing would offer a little more aerobatic potential, I compromised and revamped my fledgling to mimic the Kadet fuselage c/w windshield. The result was a success. I elected to make this a tail dragger which gave it a lot of realism on takeoffs. With all of the fledgling's flight surfaces, the model's flight characteristics gave me a chance to learn some basic manoeuvres and I didn't get bored of it. The Como .40 was more power than the model needed... but oh so fun. Finishing my pilot training that year and buying a Cherokee the following year eventually led to a loss of enthusiasm for models..... till now. Time to dust off the old Kadet..... er... fledgling and make some repairs. It's a great flyer.....want to have some fun in the spring!
Derek - 08/12/2015
A very good simple model. Used with brushless motor Joker and 4S 5000 [see more pics 004]. Thanks for the plan.
ErickBaccus - 18/12/2015
I test flew a lot of these back in the day, it being a popular trainer along with the Sig Kadet and Goldberg Falcon 56. Regardless of what the kit review says, it wasn't a very good kit, heavy wood and poor die-cutting. I much preferred Sig's method of printwood with no die cutting at all. But if you managed to finish it as your first kit attempt, it was a good flyer, especially easy to land. While most beginners installed a pretty hot .40 in the nose, it was a little too much for the Fledgling, making it entirely too fast if flown wide open. And wide open was what it got, full throttle on takeoff and don't back off until told to do so. And so, even if it wasn't all that suitable as a trainer, it was a delightful flying plane for someone with a little more experience. Ailerons were too small but easily replaced with wider wood for more authority. If you build one from the plans, I would add capstrips to the ribs for a smoother surface and easier rib construction. You won't be disappointed with its performance. A good .25 is plenty.
DougSmith - 11/05/2018
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