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Nov 17, 2012, 05:09 PM
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World's Worst Builder

I just completed my second Berkfalke II 55..From Chris William's Plans and it was enlarged from 1/4 scale to 1/3 Scale. The first one I built with the help of my father who was a very accomplished builder and a life long modeler. Unfortunately, the first Berkfalke flew away at an aero tow in Washington last summer and then shortly there after my father passed away. I am a life long flier, but never a builder. The first one I did all of the cutting out the parts, but my dad did all of the finishing, correcting my mistakes, and doing the last 10 % which we all know takes 90% of the time!! So, on my own I built another one.. Yes, there are still people who cut all of the parts by hand. I am amazed by all of the very good builders on this forum but i am not one of them. I have found that building is such a joy and I still cannot believe that i have finished this. Scott
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Nov 17, 2012, 06:58 PM
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I like it!
Nov 17, 2012, 06:59 PM
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Good to here you did not give up. The first one was a great looking ship. I remember Paul searching the trees and underbrush with only a few items recovered. I hope this one will fly as well. I just finished a 1/3 scale ASK-18, we should meet up in Yakima next June. No trees or underbrush at Disappointment field just great lift..
Nov 17, 2012, 07:24 PM
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Great job Scott! It looks excellent!
Nov 17, 2012, 10:42 PM
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It takes time and maybe a mentor or two to acquire building skills. We're not born with skills, only the ability to learn them.

From here your plane looks great.

Nov 17, 2012, 11:38 PM
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Scott. I have the 2 Handsome Pilots that meet their demise,plus one Voltz Servo.Let me know if you want them,i will ship them to you. As Always Paul
Nov 18, 2012, 06:22 PM
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Nice job!
Nov 22, 2012, 08:39 AM
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Hi There,
Superb, really like the colour scheme, well done with the build, hope you enjoy the flying and then go on and build many more, it is very rewarding.IMHO
Nov 22, 2012, 05:46 PM
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As scotts brother i can attest to his lack of building skills... lol It seems that after dad died Scott got some of dads soul and building skills.... It really is a miracle.. I'm so proud of him :-)
Jan 26, 2013, 12:37 PM
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worlds worst builder succeeds first flight


After waiting since mid November I was able to fly my Berkfalke II for the first time last weekend at Visalia. It flew great, turned on a dime and was joy to fly.
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Jan 26, 2013, 02:32 PM
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anyone can do it

Well, i am proof that if you want to become a builder, you can. I had very limited prior building experience but i could fly. Been flying rc gliders since the late 1960's but i always was just a flyer, not the builder. I Just started cutting out the pieces and built one piece at a time starting with the Fuse. The most important thing i can tell you is to be persistent and do not stop working on it. .It takes time and the last 10 percent takes 90 percent of the time spent. If it does not look right, do it over and no mistake cannot be fixed. Yes, It did come out 2lbs heavier than the first one, but it flies just as good.
Jan 26, 2013, 03:48 PM
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Congrats Scott, a great looking model. Tenacity and perseverance are the hallmarks of this hobby, explains why so few take it up.

Jan 26, 2013, 04:19 PM
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There are a couple photos of your glider, from last weekend, here:

You did a great job!

Jan 26, 2013, 11:24 PM
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Scott, your dad would be very proud of you. For taking on the project in itself, and even more so, for finishing it. How do you think he got to be such a good builder? By never giving up, and learning one new skill after the other. You've already done something harder than most people in this hobby - you can only get better from here. Congratulations.

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Jan 27, 2013, 07:05 PM
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Bravo Scott, glad to see you follow through.


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