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Old Oct 28, 2010, 08:58 AM
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I've seen this commercial as of late, but I ain't no Joe Biden!

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America needs more people like you!

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Old Oct 28, 2010, 03:57 PM
I'm a pilot... 100 yrs to late
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..... I just don't get the excuse of "I don't have any time" or "I think its to hard" because its a hobby that takes time and I think building is an important part of it.....
Those with the time issue are generally older than yourself with a spouse, children, jobs sometimes requiring work after the regular day, homes needing maintenance, laundry, etc, etc. I know for I'm one of them. Howerver, people will make time for what interests them. My block of free time of any real consequence during the week usually begins around 11 or 11:30...and I will build often to 1am or so. Would ARFs be easier in my situation, sure.... but I'm a builder, always have been. You either like it or ou don't but like getting my kids to eat vegetables or do anything else that may on the surface look distasteful.... you'll never know you like it unless you try it. I find it easier to get people involved today with all the electric options...Once they're flying and see they can fly again and again with no crashing or issues... i suggest a "kit". Ant the satisfaction I can see in them walking to the flight line with something other than a hangar 9 or great planes cookie cutter arf is like watching a new dad seeing his kid the first time through the nursery window. They're hooked. They understand the dedication, problem solving, patience, and multitude of other traits required to get somthing in the air and experience a part of this hobby that fewer and fewer are. Mike
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Old Oct 28, 2010, 04:00 PM
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Old Oct 28, 2010, 08:54 PM
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Here at Texas A&M ...

I like to build mainly in the summers, so darned hot here then. But to keep it traditional, I build in the winter too. That 4 years in upper peninsula Michagan did it.
Boy, can I sympathize with you! I do most of MY building in the summer months, too. LOL
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Old Oct 28, 2010, 10:54 PM
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Stop selling ARFs and RTFs. That should do it.
Better yet, whenever approached by niev...er...newer hobbyists let it drop somewhere in your conversation that..."RTFs and ARFs are fine for kids and beginners, but when they become good pilots most grown-ups prefer to build their own."
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Old Oct 29, 2010, 06:19 AM
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Better yet, whenever approached by niev...er...newer hobbyists let it drop somewhere in your conversation that..."RTFs and ARFs are fine for kids and beginners, but when they become good pilots most grown-ups prefer to build their own."
If I'd of made this comment, NoFlyZone, his brethren and many others would be "In my FACE"! And, I would not blame them!! Nuff said!
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Old Oct 30, 2010, 08:06 AM
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You know, a lot of "ARF" flyers are doing a LOT of work modifying them. Almost more than if they had built it from scratch.

I was recently looking at the thread on the Park Zone F4F where a guy built scale F4F retractable gear, for his foamy.

Is he not a builder?
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Old Oct 30, 2010, 04:46 PM
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DIY Tea Jug Cowling

Building my latest creation, I was realizing that to manufacture a "plug" to shrink a pop bottle onto (for my cowling) was going to take a lot of forming, sanding, glue, waxing, at least a couple of attempts. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy taking the long road only to get it right, and never the first time. Well, looking across my shop at the collection AriZona Sweet Tea jugs, it hit me. HDPE plastic takes the "Fusion" paint really well, and ah, well, so I discovered my newly drained cowling. (as my internet radio is playing a "Kazoo Chorus" - figures. This is the beauity of scratch building! Now I have a really sweet (Southern Style) cowling that I could never pull off...the plug, mainly because of the negitive angle just below the shaft. I'll put this up on a builder's thread when it's finished. Just thought it was a great example of how easy building really is, but you have to be willing to put yourself in a tight spot, then work your way out of it with many options. No one else is going to hand you this, in a box, or otherwise. It's up to you to create your own interputation of what you think is cool. Hopefully in a week or so I'll have something painted & mounted. The "scratch garden" is still producing.

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Old Nov 01, 2010, 07:49 PM
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Build build build!

How's it hangin fellas? Back in post #743 I reported that participating in this thread had given me an idea to set up and share some shed space with an old compadre and up the building ante. This has been initiated and is working out really well. Two heads are certainly better than one. On the floor is an old scale Slingsby T.30 Prefect that we are restoring and on the bench is my Davey Systems Prophet 941 in initial stages of building. There's always something going on at the shed. Another friendly flier drops in with his Sea Fury wing for a bit of tweaking - here admiring the mummified rat we found in the Slingsby fuselage. We're happy little Vegemites in the local vernacular.
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 02:38 AM
Build to Fly? FLY to BUILD!
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I like the glider and the car
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 07:25 PM
I'm a pilot... 100 yrs to late
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You know, a lot of "ARF" flyers are doing a LOT of work modifying them. Almost more than if they had built it from scratch.

I was recently looking at the thread on the Park Zone F4F where a guy built scale F4F retractable gear, for his foamy.

Is he not a builder?
Yes he is... do you have that link? I'm looking for ideas on methods.
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 09:06 PM
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You know, a lot of "ARF" flyers are doing a LOT of work modifying them. Almost more than if they had built it from scratch.

I was recently looking at the thread on the Park Zone F4F where a guy built scale F4F retractable gear, for his foamy.

Is he not a builder?
Certainly! Do you feel I; or, other people coming to this thread are slighting people like your example? That is certainly not my intentions!

I have asked people who build in foam to describe the process in this thread. While no one has done so here, they have pointed us/me towards threads where descriptions of how to do it are described.

Personally, and without meaning to besmirch; or, short those who do like to build in foam, it is not the method of construction I am interested in. I am partial to fabric covered airplanes: World War One, vintage sailplanes and classic fabric covered general aviation airplanes. I also like working with wood, so that is the method of construction I like! However, I'm one person and my choice is good for me. I still am interested in other peoples ideas.
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 09:31 PM
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Jezus Kook! How'd you get that car up there?
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Old Nov 02, 2010, 10:54 PM
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Exactly! Whats holding it up there? Now thats my kind of shop. Lots of storage & room. And what a wing are you building. I find that wing building is the most challenging. Seems that straight is not in my universe, so I am becoming well versed in correcting an slightly unstraight wings with carefull final assembly.

Cheers, Doug
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Old Nov 03, 2010, 12:41 AM
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The car on the mezzanine is a Ford LTD - here is its sister doing duty as a plane transporter and at the football. Just how old Southerncross got his car up there is a mystery - but there is another vehicle next to it. These blokes don't muck around.

The trick to making strait wings is to make a flat bench. Absolutely critical with gliders - my kind of planes. It's your engineering jig after all.
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