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Old Mar 07, 2013, 01:04 PM
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Covering. I hate doing it. I can come up with nice color schemes, but I've never been good at getting them done neatly and without wrinkles. I'm approaching my 200th R/C model, but my covering is still sloppy.

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Old Mar 07, 2013, 01:11 PM
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Wire bending!

Just took two days to wind myself up to put two 90 deg bends in a 6" length of wire to fasten my latest project's elevator halves together. All my designs are based around bent sheet alloy undercarriages, oddly enough...

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Old Mar 07, 2013, 01:44 PM
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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
I'm much the same way. I enjoy every aspect of building (heck, I even love to sand!) but when it comes time to install the radio gear, engine, fuel system, etc. I often lose interest. Which is one reason I've tried to make it a habit to do all that "grunt work" first and then do the finish work which I enjoy the most.
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 01:45 PM
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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.
We really need a facepalm emoticon. Don't know why I never thought to try this. I just stripped an old favorite and am having trouble deciding how I want to re-cover it. I'm going to try this method. Last year my daughter tried to give me a really nice digitizer pad and I said no thanks because I couldn't think of anything to use it for. A kick in the pants emoticon would really come in handy for that one!

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Old Mar 07, 2013, 03:25 PM
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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.
Having to turn off the lights and heat and go to bed Sunday evening.

Andy
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 03:32 PM
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LOL! Note to self, put heat in the shop! I'm waiting on the temps to come up a bit. epoxy dont flow very good below 70deg. I keep saying I'm gonna do it, just never seem to get around to it. Of course I got AC. Got tired of sweating on the wood as I cut it.
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 03:32 PM
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Sanding- I dislike it with a passion
I've sanded the sheets in the husk, I've sanded individual pieces, and I've sanded finished airframes.
I don't like sanding primer, I don't like sanding paint.
Got that? lol.

It's a necessary evil, but it does help me correct minor mis-matches.
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 07:41 PM
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Installing radio gear, if that's considered part of building. I love every aspect of building otherwise! Wish I had more time.
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 08:51 PM
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Sanding and Cutting out wing ribs. Really don't like cuting wing ribs, all 50 of them (build two birds at once).

But sanding just seems to never end. Theres always something to sand, and getting covered in balsa dust....................

thats my whinge for the month...........
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 09:25 PM
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[ Soooo looking forward to retirement.
Edwin[/QUOTE]

When you do retire, you will wish you were again working so you would have more time!!
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 10:25 PM
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for me, itsa catch 22, the minute I put the final screw or plug in the last servo!

I have taken planes apart, just too put them back together!
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Old Mar 08, 2013, 12:00 PM
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NOT having a project on the table....like now
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Old Mar 08, 2013, 12:08 PM
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when something need to custom made, and print job. then the good looking one broke on second flight. The basement ceiling have all the nice looking planes and those in garage always fly very nice. good looking is for hanging, flyable will have all the repair and look one of a kind. heeeee
then it comes to the worst part, deciding which to take to field or work on. too many planes, too little time and run out of space. at least no one is complaining at of this point.
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Old Mar 08, 2013, 01:08 PM
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Dropping an exacto knife through the wing after you just finish a beautiful covering job.
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Old Mar 08, 2013, 01:17 PM
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Especially if it lands in your foot!
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