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Old Sep 14, 2012, 04:59 PM
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As a kid, I took some wood from my tree in the backyard and carved wings and made a plane out of it. You could do something like that and then powered it with rubber band that was made in the US.

these days, it's pretty hard to find, especially electronics and not just our rc electronics...any electronics that is made exclusively here in the states.

I last bought some landing gear from Eflight from my LHS, and I thought for sure they were made in the US, but when I opened it up, it had a big white sticker on it that read "made in China"
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 05:22 PM
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I think the first thing you have to do is get real, because first of all balsa comes from South America, most all electronics come from anywhere but USA and hardware???????? go to a hardware store and see if you can find anything made in the USA. What is this a joke >

Thanks for your keen insight and perspective. Do me a favor and go back and read post # 4. I addressed the balsa issue. We've moved on, come along and read, or just go away. Is that real enough for you?

You can roll your eyes and ask, but this ain't no joke.
Old Sep 14, 2012, 05:24 PM
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This would make a good LTUP thread.It's all Chinese.
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Then go ahead over there and start a thread. Although your comments are not completely clear, it's not clear what "it's all chinese" means. But the comments in the thread already prove that theory incorrect.

We'll keep moving forward.
Old Sep 14, 2012, 05:50 PM
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if i recall correctly, balsa is not grown in the U.S.A. it is harvested mostly from Brazil, but, is found in other countries. again, if i recall, mostly south of the equator. the tree grows at a very rapid rate, witch is where the lightness of the wood comes from. balsa is actually classified as a hard wood because of the shape of the leaves.

oops! missed quote #4.
Old Sep 14, 2012, 05:58 PM
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 07:20 PM
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Thanks for your keen insight and perspective. Do me a favor and go back and read post # 4. I addressed the balsa issue. We've moved on, come along and read, or just go away. Is that real enough for you?

You can roll your eyes and ask, but this ain't no joke.
After more than1,600 posts I was sure you was just pulling a leg here, after all, you said most everything is made in China in other posts. Anyway you have fun with this subject and remember you usually get what you ask for on RCU.

It can be very entertaining at times when your bored, don't you think ?
Old Sep 14, 2012, 09:16 PM
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reading, effective communication, and comprehension are in short order sometimes. No child left behind will haunt us for generations.

I appreciate folks keeping a tally of my post count, it warms the cockles I tell ya. Not sure where I said everything is made in China, but it is true that many/much of the products do come from there. Anyway, feel free to check back, but make sure you do so on RCG (that's RC Groups),not RCU, which as you might know is RC Universe.
Old Sep 14, 2012, 09:54 PM
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reading, effective communication, and comprehension are in short order sometimes. No child left behind will haunt us for generations.

I appreciate folks keeping a tally of my post count, it warms the cockles I tell ya. Not sure where I said everything is made in China, but it is true that many/much of the products do come from there. Anyway, feel free to check back, but make sure you do so on RCG (that's RC Groups),not RCU, which as you might know is RC Universe.
Thank you, I stand corrected but it was a honest mistake. In case you did'nt know RCU is infected and spreading. If you have AVG and go there it's going to warn you at some point
Old Sep 14, 2012, 10:17 PM
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If you browse the scratchbuilt foamies forum, you will find that all the foams we use are made in US except Depron. Dollar store foam board, Dow and OwensCorning Fanfold and Model Plane Foam (the best but I'm not predjudiced...) are all made in Michigan. Gorilla glue is all US produced as far as I know. The packing tape for hinges and skins can be US sourced, credit cards for control horns are probably US sourced.

Electronics, now that's another story.....IF you want to make your own brushless motor, you can get the components from StrongRCmotors.com. I think Don gets all his pieces from US suppliers (although the built up motors he sells are from China)
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Here is a thread I just saw pop up the other day, a ton of useful information I think. I'll have to go through there and see what I can get from that. That must have taken some time to put together, thanks to Murocflyer.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=976993
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Old Sep 19, 2012, 04:45 PM
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I think this is a cool idea, of course quite a few challenges in sourcing parts. But it looks like you could build a good portion of the plane with American made parts.

That link to the Made in the USA companies is great. couple of kit manufacturers that i have never heard of with some very cool models.
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I think I've found the plane, I believe all the parts are US sourced, getting final details on that shortly. ESC will be CC. Motor and servos will be the sticky wicket I think. We'll see.
Old Nov 19, 2012, 10:54 AM
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I hate when people can't understand what they read...I don't remember you stating 'can a BALSA model be built with US materials?'

I'm on board-this will be a CHALLENGE!
Titebond,Elmer's And the 3 C/A's I have all say 'assembled in the USA' what does that MEAN?
Can I grind off CHINA,ITALY,JAPAN,and GERMANY,from my engines,or are you a stickler ?
Mr. Fox can do the engine,you can use sliced spruce for frame work and ribs,wooden wheels can be utilized...Dowels and bent wire for pushrods and some hardware.
Maybe.........
Your question is too broad.Pick a size-I think 1/4 scale would carry any weight penalty well enough.
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I did mention balsa in my first post but didn't say the plane to be exclusively that. i purposely left the question/concept/premise broad as I didn't want to exclude any possible type of plane/aircraft.

At this point i'm trying to make this as US sourced product as possible. Put down the dremel Earl, and step away from that engine!

I think I have most of the items (even the glue) down pat. There will be some
wood involved in this build, but it will be minimal.

Servos and motor seem to be a possibe issue. I'd prefer to stick with electric . Got any ideas if that can work?
Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:31 PM
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I think I've found the plane, I believe all the parts are US sourced, getting final details on that shortly. ESC will be CC. Motor and servos will be the sticky wicket I think. We'll see.
Don't look inside your ESC. It's components are made all around the world. You'll be lucky to find any US parts in it outside of code.

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