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Old Nov 22, 2011, 06:55 PM
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Thanks EINA, and yeah I think the time constraint for Youtube is about 10 minutes per video - that'd be plenty of time to cover an area of building. My camerawork would only be very basic and with minimal cuts or effects to keep it simple. Essentially I'd try and shoot it in one hit then upload while I was at work or otherwise engaged. My upload day would most likely be Monday as I work at a bar lateweek/weekends.

I do like the idea of a heads up for the next weeks coverage, and it'd help me keep in touch with whats going on as well. The only thing I can think of that would be stopping me is that I've already got a lot of builds going! A good part of that is that I can always cut to different parts of different builds fairly quickly but of course that means inconsistency.

Personally I'd rather do a build start to finish on something simple, then move on. Ie week one - assembly with hotglue and foamboard. Wk 2 - installing servos and linkages. Wk 3 - selecting and installing an electric power system. Wk 4 - maidening your creation. Stay tuned week five for a basic balsa build, stuff like that. I could probably rig it so the description or trailer had links to the products or plans I used, too.

Cheers - boingk

EDIT: My YouTube account is 'boingkster'... no-brainer name for the show would be 'Building with Boingkster'
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 07:49 PM
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Sounds like a great endeavor! What is your target audience?
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Old Nov 23, 2011, 12:16 AM
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Target audience is something I haven't really thought out. It would most likely be beginner to middle-level builders as I myself have not built anything particularly complex. One aspect I am reasonably good at is building from a set of plans with only basic materials, and electric/IC conversions.

I suppose it could be of interest for anyone who flies that simply wants to expand their horizons a bit more and build something - no matter how simple.

Cheers - boingk
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Old Nov 23, 2011, 05:06 AM
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I've been building a long time and I would be interested in following along. I think your target audience would be people simply interested in building!
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Target audience is something I haven't really thought out. It would most likely be beginner to middle-level builders as I myself have not built anything particularly complex. One aspect I am reasonably good at is building from a set of plans with only basic materials, and electric/IC conversions.

I suppose it could be of interest for anyone who flies that simply wants to expand their horizons a bit more and build something - no matter how simple.

Cheers - boingk
I think that's the key. Simplicity. Maybe take an area that at first blush may cause newcomers to be wary of trying something, and then break it down into it's elemental steps to show how easy it really is. It doesn't necessarily have to be a full start to finish build.... maybe just certain phases of the building process that you feel you can explain and simplify for beginners.
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Old Nov 23, 2011, 06:13 PM
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Everyone have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
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There are lots of great things about Thanksgiving.

One of them is "carving." It can even be on-topic

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Old Nov 23, 2011, 09:18 PM
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I am sure if there was more balsa kits like, Sig or Goldberg around it might stir up some interest. I know a lot of us old timer cut there teeth on some great old kits, I know I did.
I think it would be awesome if one of the many tv channels carried a do it yourself hobby show, it might help to build some interest.
Have a Happy thanksgiving to one a all.
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Old Nov 24, 2011, 04:35 AM
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boingk, I tried to keep track of someones video's building a big composite jet, trying to watch them from start to finish in sequence were a pain, so maybe linking the video's to a tread her on RCG would be a nice way to follow with an easy way for feedback.

And I to think you should start with something simple and go on from there, maybe NoFlyZone or ModeOne would be willing to do season 2.
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I lack the technical skills to do anything video and U-tube-ish and even lack interest in learning how. This is a job for the techno-oriented and not for those who still have and use a dial telephone and just got highspeed internet 7 months ago! However, if I could help in any way, I would do my dambdest to do so!
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I know you will, Mode One, I were just joking around a bit to show that there would be support from guru's around here and without support even a great idea would have no chance of survival.
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Hi guys ! i just got my plans for Ivans twin otter and albatross both 84 inch wing span and its thanksgiving, it dont get any better than this! TO ALL YOU BUILDERS OUT THERE , HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY . joe
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Old Nov 24, 2011, 08:00 PM
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Cheers for all the support guys, and yeah I'm thinking something simple like a foamboard pusher-prop jet. Starting off I'd go from the ground up, including basic tools and their purpose in a build. I *do not* use any specialised tools so this would be suitable for even those who have never built before, which I think is a good place to be.

The foamboard jet is a good start, I think, because its a simple 'bank-and-yanker' which can be flown at moderate speed - by relatively green flyers - and still be fun. Its also very crash resistant; I have an example that has had a nose-in from 100ft up and it still flies AND looks good! It is also a very simple build which scales up and down well for those wanting smaller/larger planes. A wide variety of electronics can be fitted and are simple to do so, too.

For the more advanced I may do a hop-up segment detailing what you need to consider when selecting and fitting a more powerful motor to a plane. As before, the foamboard jet can take a variety of electronics and my favourite so far is the small one in my avatar - its about 32" long, has a wingspan of around 24", and is going perhaps 80~90mph at full blast. All from cheap (and so far reliable!) off-the-shelf components.

I will see what I can get up to this weekend between shifts at work, and will definitely start a thread for the videos if I get some done.

Cheers - boingk
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Yes, but they're all Chinese and never get to fly what they build. The people who assemble the ARFs built by the Chinese, they get to fly them. That's just not fair!

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I understand what your saying Andy and agree that assembling an ARF is not building! However, definitions for these differences won't be found in your Funk and Wagnals. The truth is, attempting to define these things tend to be contentious and in the end the definitions are unimportant.

ARFs have allowed many people who have no interest in building models into the hobby. Attempting to get these people interested in the other half of the hobby (building) is what this thread is all about!

I know that back in the 70s and 80s, people would show up to watch us fly our airplanes at the club field; or, some of the events we flew at and a common statement from these people was "Oh, I could never build something like that!" I always said: Well, yes you can, if you start like I did: Start with something simple, build some skills and keep at it. I saw the success of this phylosophy many times over, with the new people who were coming into the hobby day by day, back then!

Then ARFs took over and the hobby "Snapped" into a new reality!
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Old Nov 25, 2011, 07:25 AM
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I understand what your saying Andy and agree that assembling an ARF is not building! However, definitions for these differences won't be found in your Funk and Wagnals. The truth is, attempting to define these things tend to be contentious and in the end the definitions are unimportant.

ARFs have allowed many people who have no interest in building models into the hobby. Attempting to get these people interested in the other half of the hobby (building) is what this thread is all about!

I know that back in the 70s and 80s, people would show up to watch us fly our airplanes at the club field; or, some of the events we flew at and a common statement from these people was "Oh, I could never build something like that!" I always said: Well, yes you can, if you start like I did: Start with something simple, build some skills and keep at it. I saw the success of this phylosophy many times over, with the new people who were coming into the hobby day by day, back then!

Then ARFs took over and the hobby "Snapped" into a new reality!
Iam going to send off a print of a tidewater pronto surpreme in a couple days to a new builder for his first build . Him and his son are flying a foam slow stick to learn on but they want to build one .There are new guys trying to build and we can help them along with some old prints or some good advice when they start their build . All it takes is some of us old farts to give them a little time and some emails when they get in trouble. Maybe it will keep them away from the(ARF) darkside and get some new blood in our hobby. Mode one, we had the same people coming to my club field ,some would come back and some had it in their head that building was not for them . .joe
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