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Old Mar 06, 2013, 09:20 PM
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Worst part of building?

What part of building do you not like? Mine is doing the
shears in the wing. The Eagle, they were too long and
I had to trim each one. There are 44 of them.
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Old Mar 06, 2013, 10:13 PM
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Covering and painting. Probably explains why I have a lot of skeletons laying around.
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Old Mar 06, 2013, 10:43 PM
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Deciding which one to do next...

Here in Southern California, second worst is do I work on something or fly something else?

Yeah, I know, life's rough...
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 02:15 AM
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I love every part of building. I even actually enjoy covering. I just hate trying to come up with a decent covering scheme and it takes me forever to get around to covering. I have absolutely no creative talent so most of my planes are pretty basic looking.

Joe
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 04:32 AM
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With a well-designed kit, I like almost everything except the "decorating" part (+1 on TurboJoe's comment."

With scratch builds and short kits, it's trying to anticipate CG balancing issues and battery location, and improvising hatch covers for the battery, when you don't really know 'till the end where the battery will need to go.
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 04:53 AM
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I'm with B'Bird. When I'm at the field I think I should be building and when building, should be flying. Life is pure H@## here retired in Florida with no "winter building season".
The second worst part of building is finishing one before starting the next one you just have to build.

Ron
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 04:53 AM
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I used to hate hinging... but with a multi tool... the pain is gone. I don't mind covering, but find I must take breaks from it quite often, wonder why that is?

I guess the process I dislike most is fitting a cowl because of the needed mask and patience needed for good looking fits.

I'm also detailing challenged, but have found that taking pictures of the plane, and then painting them with Microsoft paint offers some help... not enough to relieve the pain... but enough to diminish it.
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 06:03 AM
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Finishing a plane

I would have to say the worst part of a build is doing the wiring. I used to be an auto technician and chasing wires was the bane of my life there. I enjoy every aspect of doing a build but when it comes to installing the electronics I just can't force myself to get it done. I have bought ARF kits and refuse to finish them because I don't want to put the electronics and wires in. My last model took me 3 days just to install 4 servo's and hook up the control surfaces
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 06:46 AM
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What part of building do you not like? Mine is doing the
shears in the wing. The Eagle, they were too long and
I had to trim each one. There are 44 of them.
Just as an idea for the shears, I use a mini table saw like this one:
http://www.micromark.com/microlux-mi...-use,7500.html

Or they have a smaller one that I have not used:

http://www.micromark.com/microlux-mi...-saw,6936.html

Or the one I wish I had:

http://www.byrnesmodelmachines.com/tablesaw1.html

But that all aside, The only thing I don't like is when you get a kit that the plans don't match the parts and a second set of plans is sent to you and they are different than the first but still don't match the parts. And there were several parts missing. This is why my Smooth Genie Pro has taken about a year and a have to just build the wing. I have trouble staying interested in finishing it after all the problems with the kit.

Alan
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 07:11 AM
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For me it's deciding what to build, oh so many choices and so few days to build...
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 07:52 AM
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Not having the time. (For flying or building) Soooo looking forward to retirement.
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 10:11 AM
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Edwin, Our club seems to be aging. The tues & thurs afternoon retired fliers often have more activity than is seen on weekends. Don't know if that trend applies to other clubs or not.
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 10:34 AM
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Sanding (which I hate to do) followed by covering. Picking a scheme is tough for me, no imagination.

Probably why I build scale models, easy to look up pictures on the internet or in books for a scheme. Don't have to think, which gets major points!!

Brian Allen

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Old Mar 07, 2013, 11:25 AM
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finding the block of time. not being able to build during the day (that work thing gets in the way, ) trying to do two planes at once and having them still unfinished almost a year later that life thing gets in the way.
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 11:30 AM
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grfcon, I'm in the same boat. I have three builds stagnating while I do maintenance on several others. With spring coming on, its time to cycle all the batteries again. Replaced 3 last year. I had to promise myself that I will not start any more projects until I finish the ones already taking up space.
Edwin
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