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Old Sep 10, 2012, 07:25 PM
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I don't thinks it's being lazy either. My dad taught me to slow build and I think it's fun because you get to see what you actually built. But my friends who see my planes say that they are too busy to build like I do.
By the time I get into college, I will probably not have the time either, so I guess it's good to have the RFTS and ARFS when you don't have the time to build.
People make time to do the things they want to do. If you like to build, then you will make time for doing so. Obviously, most R/Cers don't need to build anymore, so they spend their free time doing other activities. Most don't understand the pure-great pleasure that can be derived from building and we are a whole generation away from it being necessary to build.

Determining how many people are building models from kits; or, plans would be an interesting figure to know! All we can really do is guestimate. Some clubs; or, areas will have higher percentages, some lower. It truly is a only a guess!
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Old Sep 10, 2012, 09:04 PM
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I never would have built if it weren't for not NEEDING to build to fly first. The availability of cheap RTF's and ARFs probably actually increase the number of pilots who build, because they don't have to be dependent on that one plane they put so much effort into to learn how to fly it.
Old Sep 11, 2012, 08:30 PM
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I'm 62, I've built flying balsa model since I was 6-8 years old and enjoyed every moment of it. So, I guess I build because I enjoy it! I was a tool and die maker so I have built things for a living, also!
Old Sep 11, 2012, 09:53 PM
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The grim reality is; you won't.
Old Sep 11, 2012, 11:16 PM
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The grim reality is; you won't.
Is that a response to a particular reply, or to the thread title?

Either way I think thats a pretty dismissive and pessimistic way to look at it.

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Old Sep 11, 2012, 11:52 PM
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How do we get it back.. same way we keep the hobby alive.

Get the young-ones involved (pictures of me and my 18mo old son at the flying field this past sunday)..
Old Sep 12, 2012, 01:43 AM
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Neato! Wonder what he thinks about that? Is he learning the lingo?
Old Sep 12, 2012, 12:48 PM
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Neato! Wonder what he thinks about that? Is he learning the lingo?
Hes just getting around to talking and us knowing what he is referring to, but he knows what airplane and flying means. He has been going out to the flying field since he was only a few months old, so he is definitely getting exposed to the hobby.
Old Sep 12, 2012, 09:45 PM
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I'm new to rc planes. I've built some scratch foamies, and one kit (foam).
You can find thousand of plans & instructions for foamies , right here on this
site ! FREE !

I've seached for free balsa plans and all I find are cad drawings or pictures with no instructions !
Why isn't there a list of balsa plans like in the foamies scratchbuild forums ? I want to build a balsa trainer , but it looks like it will end up being made of foam.
Old Sep 12, 2012, 11:02 PM
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aldalo, have a look here http://www.rcmplans.com/ not FREE but a great selection for a reasonable price.

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Old Sep 12, 2012, 11:04 PM
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aldalo - Try searching for 'Old Timer Plans List' and you should pick up quite a few very nice plans!

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...+thread&page=5

There we go mate, found it.

Pick something with a constand chord (non-tapering) wing and a bit of dihedral in a high-mounted wing for your trainer.

Cheers - boingk

EDIT:

This looks promising: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...9&d=1339765852

This looks even better! https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...2&d=1341209593
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Old Sep 13, 2012, 12:25 AM
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boingk,

I think the first of those two you recommended would make a better trainer, as the airfoil looks like it would provide a wider range of flying speeds and be less prone rapid stall. Plus, the thicker airfoil looks like it would be stronger, and less prone to crash damage. Trainers need to be able to take some abuse.

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Old Sep 13, 2012, 03:26 AM
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Just so you know building is not dead. My plans for this school holidays is to a) scratchbuild another plane of the kit i built last holidays b) build an old free flight convert to rc from rcm&e. A couple of questions also
1) what is a better aerofiol for 3d a thick or thin one?
2) is 1/4" sheeted with 1/16" ok for a profil fuse on a 60 size plane?
Old Sep 13, 2012, 10:37 AM
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Just so you know building is not dead. My plans for this school holidays is to a) scratchbuild another plane of the kit i built last holidays b) build an old free flight convert to rc from rcm&e. A couple of questions also
1) what is a better aerofiol for 3d a thick or thin one?
2) is 1/4" sheeted with 1/16" ok for a profil fuse on a 60 size plane?
1) A thick, symmetrical one. NACA 0014 - 0018 are common.
Old Sep 13, 2012, 02:24 PM
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How do we get it back.. same way we keep the hobby alive.

Get the young-ones involved (pictures of me and my 18mo old son at the flying field this past sunday)..

Nice... and to me the key is let kids touch touch touch.. i know sometimes it can be a little un-nerving but kids are tactile of all ages... makes another connection in the brain... smell (glow fuel ).. sound.. site.. and touch.... letting them have access to something they then see flying is priceless... building.. touching.. anything..

I shoot estes rockets off at the middle school for the science classes when they're doing space, proplusion, etc units.. they love it.... i demo how the igniers works... have a cut-away of the motors. They learn about the burn.. the coast phase, etc.. and then see it in action.. .. they get to touch everything.. the wadding.. etc.. . they smell the tube after the flight... remember that smell .... they touch touch touch.. i use basic rockets.. of all types.. parachute..streamer.. glider, etc...


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