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Old Nov 24, 2009, 02:26 AM
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First Balsa plane built from the kit

Hi Guys,
I am quite new to building and after having done this project, i understand much more about balsa planes. Here is the link to the blog.

http://novicerc.blogspot.com/2009/11...ed-except.html

Note to Great Planes (kit manufacturer): More design needs to be done to make kits popular. They are from the 70s and are stuck in time. If you use nice innovative parts and DESIGNS DESIGNS DESIGNS instead of making reinforcements and supports by making the guy glu two or three 1/4 inch sticks together , you will have some followers. Ask me if you need some advice.
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this build is far from being perfect, first timer....
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Old Nov 24, 2009, 09:53 AM
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So, how does it fly?
I would rather assemble an ARF in 2 hours and have a nice airplane in the air the same day than go through the ordeal that you had in building a typical balsa kit.
If you want a real nice Balsa ARF try the E-Flite Alpha Sport 450. http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...ProdID=EFL2825

The guy who runs the kit recommendation thread won't list it but it is a better beginner balsa plane than just about any kit out there.
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Old Nov 24, 2009, 12:28 PM
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thank you

yes, you are right, no more kits from scratch for me. thanks for the reference
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Old Nov 24, 2009, 06:03 PM
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I still build (some) kits, you need to build them without pressure and ENJOY the process, when you finish your plane the sense of accomplishment has no compare...
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Old Nov 24, 2009, 06:21 PM
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I still love building! I just finished my new Gambler AG DLG a couple weeks ago and I love that feeling of flying something I built myself. The compliments I get from others are the frosting on the cake.
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Old Nov 24, 2009, 06:22 PM
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You may want to review this thread for good suggestions!

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1117471
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Old Nov 24, 2009, 06:44 PM
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You may want to review this thread for good suggestions!

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1117471
That thread is not an accurate representation of the state of the art.
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Old Nov 24, 2009, 07:09 PM
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That thread is not an accurate representation of the state of the art.
So Just to be clear here..Are you saying that if it has not been approved by you..it is not state of the art!

I took a good look at the Alpha Sport 450 and it does look promising as a ARF trainer. Some of us just want to have a little more history before making a conclusion!
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Old Nov 24, 2009, 08:10 PM
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So Just to be clear here..Are you saying that if it has not been approved by you..it is not state of the art!

I took a good look at the Alpha Sport 450 and it does look promising as a ARF trainer. Some of us just want to have a little more history before making a conclusion!
It's not accurate since Frank refuses to acknowledge that the Alpha is a better beginner flier than the obscure and somewhT dubious kits that he says are the best planes for beginners. I can't take anything seriously as long as he thinksthe only good planes come from garage shops in Colorado.
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Old Nov 24, 2009, 10:10 PM
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Frank has stated that he is only going by what has been suggested by others, unless he has built and flown the planes himself.
He is not the only one suggesting in that thread.

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Old Nov 24, 2009, 10:23 PM
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Frank has stated that he is only going by what has been suggested by others, unless he has built and flown the planes himself.
He is not the only one suggesting in that thread.

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Yes, and the Alpha has been suggested by more than one person. Frank refuses to acknowledge the plane. He even pretends that he hasn't heard of E-Flite, Hangar 9 or Horizon Hobbies. The Alpha 450 has been marketed for what , 2 months? And already is outsells all the models from Franks favorite kit company. He also pretends they aren't available and sold at most of the LHS in the US.
It's time he came into the real world.
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Old Nov 24, 2009, 10:42 PM
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You may want to review this thread for good suggestions!

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1117471
Hi Weasel,

Is that the Mountain Models Lucky Ace in your avatar? The old eyes ain't what they used to be.
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Old Nov 24, 2009, 11:23 PM
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Hi Weasel,

Is that the Mountain Models Lucky Ace in your avatar? The old eyes ain't what they used to be.
Yes it is! Your eyes are working just fine!
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Old Nov 26, 2009, 01:45 PM
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I think balsa kits are great for guys who like to build them. I absolutely enjoy it myself as it fills a need for me. Then again, I get as much pleasure out of building a nice foam kit too; except when building a foamie ARF, I look for good flying planes, instead.

My best flyers are all foamies.
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Old Nov 27, 2009, 01:03 AM
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If you haven't built at least ONE Stevens Aeromodel or Mountain Models balsa kit, you really have to. If you like jigsaw puzzles, this is the way the parts fit together with these two companies (that share methods, btw). If something doesn't fit, it's wrong. Laser cut and beautiful in detail, they fly great too. What surprised me is how sturdy they are once covered and rtf.

Right, Chuck. With foamies it's the design that makes or breaks the model. With a balsa ship the build will usually determine how well it flies.

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