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Old Oct 05, 2009, 08:27 AM
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Difficulty to Build Rating System

This is the sister thread to the "Difficulty To Fly Rating System" thread. In this thread I'm hoping we can attempt to classify how difficult certain aircraft are to build.

Definition of build: Assemble and prepare aircraft to fly without significant modifications or hop-ups. Modifications that make assembling easier or more effective are acceptable (such as a different method of hinging the control surfaces).

The rating system also assumes only the use of included documentation and access to forums such as these. It does not assume direct assistance from an experienced builder.

Ratings should be restricted to any aircraft that takes more than 2 hours to assemble (so no RTF, PNP, or BNF aircraft please).

The % is the chance the builder has of getting it right:

1. Beginner, 90% or better
2. Beginner, 70%
3. Beginner, 60%
4. Beginner, 50/50 chance
5. Intermediate, good 2nd build
6. Intermediate, difficult 2nd build
7. Intermediate, good 3rd build
8. Advanced building skills required
9. Advanced with several builds under your belt
10. Expert builders/designers only.

In your rating, please include the Make, model, and material of the plane (Balsa, EPS, EPP, etc). As usual, please put your rating near the end of your message and don't abbreviate.

If you have any suggestions, please speak up. This is a proposed rating system only.

I'll start it off:

1 Stevens Aero STIK (Balsa)
2 GWS Formosa (EPS)
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Old Oct 05, 2009, 09:53 AM
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The rating system also assumes only the use of included documentation and access to forums such as these.

I have a little problem with this part.

Using the GWS Formosa; if you follow the instructions to a tee, you will smash up the Formosa for sure on the maiden flight. This is because they tell you to set the low rates at nearly 3/4 "

Yes, there are one or two references on the forums to setting the low rates to the correct value, but what are the odds that a new builder is going to search out every reply to the thousands upon thousands of Formosa posts?

Following the instructions to a tee puts the plane into the ground for a guy just coming off a high wing trainer.

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Old Oct 06, 2009, 07:40 AM
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I have a little problem with this part.

Using the GWS Formosa; if you follow the instructions to a tee, you will smash up the Formosa for sure on the maiden flight. This is because they tell you to set the low rates at nearly 3/4 "

Yes, there are one or two references on the forums to setting the low rates to the correct value, but what are the odds that a new builder is going to search out every reply to the thousands upon thousands of Formosa posts?

Following the instructions to a tee puts the plane into the ground for a guy just coming off a high wing trainer.

Chuck
So perhaps a Formosa needs to have a tougher rating than a 2 given misleading instructions. That's kind of the idea, just like the other thread, to give people an idea how hard it is to properly build a particular aircraft.
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Old Oct 09, 2014, 04:50 PM
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I've seen posts in these forums where a newbie crashed on his first flight because he didn't know he had to reverse some of the servos on the Radian. At least 50% of the time, these people don't bother to read the instructions.

I answered a post today where some one wanted to know how to get the prop off a UMX Radian. I replied "Page 10 of the manual".

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just to clarify: you posted here on a stickied thread that is always at the top of the list on this forum. 10 minutes later you hunted down this clone thread, dead for 5 years, with all of 3 posts on it, and then posted on it.
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Just to be clear, so what? Do you think people don't read these old threads?

I read a lot of these old threads and so do a lot of other people. If it's not a closed thread, you can still post to it.
Are you the forum police? If not, bugger off.
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oh heavens no. i wouldn't dream of dissuading you from posting your wisdom here. by all means contribute. your posts belong on this thread.
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