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Feb 22, 2013, 05:46 PM
AndyKunz's Avatar
Got a thread for that? I've got an F-22 kit I designed, and I'd like to see what you did differently.

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Feb 22, 2013, 05:50 PM
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I got builds up the yin yang right now. Pretty much all balsa, at least right now. But I'm an old phart. When I use up my balsa maybe I'll do something with those sheets of EPP foam I bought years ago. Unbeknownst to me at the time, it was very light-weight EPP, so only suitable for very small planes. If I do it again I'll know to buy the denser stuff. I got a few Leadfeather planes out of it, so not a total loss.
Feb 22, 2013, 05:53 PM
You know nothing....
Stuart A's Avatar
Take a day out(you'll need at least one!)Start at the top and work down the forum listings,not just those that seem relevant to your own interests.There's some amazing stuff going on here,and no lack of true(self design)scratch building.
Feb 22, 2013, 06:27 PM
Bellanca Kruesair
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Back in the late '60's I got married, and the majority of my money went to wifey , then later, to my child.

In order to support my end of the hobby, I began building for other club members in the '70's.. What I sold were ready to fly(RTF's).. We just didn't call 'em that then.
Sureflite had their foam chipmonks, cessnas and Cubs, Lanier had vacuu-formed plastic,airplanes, and Sig supplied their Kwik-built models....Nothing much has changed....We just complain a lot more now.
Try to remember back to last year before the Balsa Builder's Forum
...People complaining nobody was building...Now , there's 55 planes under construction, and guys are still complaining.."nobody's building".

I favor wood, but as long as guys are building, what's yer problem ? Happy modelers-that's all I ask.

There's a kid locally that flies in a 10'x 10' x 10' string 'cube' with a foam airplane he designed and built He stops the plane in a nose down dive, and backs it up with a reversing prop he built himself...Leave 'em alone.1 happy drug-free kid.
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Feb 22, 2013, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by AndyKunz
Got a thread for that? I've got an F-22 kit I designed, and I'd like to see what you did differently.

Feb 22, 2013, 09:53 PM
Here to just enjoy the hobby
Rhea's Avatar
I had some of the ARFs that were available in the 50s. This was a real popular one.

You want kits? Whatís wrong with BMJR? or

Plans? or Uncle Willies.

ARFs arenít new, scratch building is still practiced. I donít have the shop space I once had so building big kits isnít practical.

If no one criticizes me for building ARFs I wonít call them snobs for not considering them as viable alternatives.
Feb 22, 2013, 11:08 PM
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28 years old, been building every since i started the hobby 22 years ago...

Current builds are a scratch built (and molded, and layup) HO-229, own design 1/7 F-14D tomcat (110" wingspan), 26% GeeBee R2 (my own design essentially) and soon to be a Saab Draken and a Sig Kobra once my son gets old enough to realize what he's doing.
Feb 23, 2013, 09:11 AM
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My experience has been ARFs get new people in the air fast with out haveing to have the knowledge to build. I have taught building classes to new people & the common thing i heard was the lack of time to build. Most were interested in learning to build or repair & that was satisfaction enough for me to help them. I try and build at least one new model a year, either a kit or scratch build. I have done build threads on here and other sites on both building and covering, and enjoy posting pictures as it goes. I can tell you that i have been building since the 60s and still pick up pointers by reading other guys threads, so it helps to post em. I am in the minority at the two clubs i belong to as far as a builder goes, but every now & then i get someone who wants to learn & enjoy passing along any help i can. Some surprise me & start a build on their own! You never know. Were still out there building away, just not in the numbers like we once were. Oh well, enough for now, gotta get back to my build.....Gene
Feb 23, 2013, 04:10 PM
Bellanca Kruesair
epoxyearl's Avatar
I still build ARFS for those who don't have time, or room, to finance my own builds.

I won't deny I have an aversion to them...But I have stopped criticizing those who buy and fly them.
If they're in the air, that's fair.
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Feb 23, 2013, 04:33 PM
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As with anything else where there is a choice involved, there are pros and cons to ARFs IMHO.

I was looking at the HK Predator ARF discussions and reviews. I am NOT trying to promote this aircraft BTW. Some, if not most of the cons about the plane would not have existed if the reviewer / commentator had any experience as a builder. There were complaints about tip stalls..... I bet there were warps in the wings and/or the ailerons drooped a little, or the CG was off. It is totally amazing to me how very very little knowledge of flight dynamics many ARF only flyers have.

And, then in the comments section, some one was suggesting a minimum of 200Watts per pound I don't think the Predator is supposed to go straight up out of sight ..... is it ? LOL.

I feel that one gains more general flight dynamic knowledge by being a builder. Now, on the other hand, I guess if you fly ARFs only, then you can gain that knowledge faster (at a greater cost !!) LOL
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Feb 23, 2013, 05:21 PM
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epoxyearl's Avatar
..Repeating myself, I said the other day, that they don't want to fly airplanes, they want to guide missiles.

They don't understand us, and I'll never understand them...

Calm evenings and an airplane "on the wing" is 'where it's at' for me..

If they see a model at a high angle of attack, they think it's falling and add more power.It needs to go straight up to "get them out of trouble"...

My question is -why are you IN trouble? ....Learn to fly slowly.

Jim Davenport brought a half dozen hand launch gliders, untrimmed, with a simple objective.....get it to glide 40 feet , straight, the length of the Old Farts' Breakfast Dining Room..Out of 17 there, 3 of us accomplished that...Most have no idea of adjustment...I was disappointed, at the lack of knowledge.
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Feb 23, 2013, 10:12 PM
I'm a pilot, 100 yrs too late
Thermalin's Avatar
I thoroughly enjoy building models from various types of wood. Some like the "modeling" aspcect of the hobby... some like the flying aspect... I like to fly what I build.. That's where my satisfaction comes.
Feb 23, 2013, 10:21 PM
Hope to get out of life alive
kenh3497's Avatar
The way I see it, building is building. It doesn't really matter the material being used. It's kind of like the housing industry. You see houses built out of "unconventional" materials. Things like a house made out of a steel grain bin or pored concrete, or spray foam.... They are still houses and somebody builds them. Same with the plane. It still has wings, tail and some sort of propulsion system.

Building is building is building.

Feb 23, 2013, 11:03 PM
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The worst thing about ARFs and PlugNPlay is that I can't carry on a conversation about construction and model design with the owners because they don't even speak the same language. It is often necessary to define most of the terms that all true modelers already know.
Feb 24, 2013, 01:49 AM
Leroy G.
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Building from scratch is an expensive way to build a RC plane from my point of view. I wanted to do something like that but decided to buy a kit and bash the heck out of it which is almost the same thing only you get most of what you need to do it with. Spent $139.00 for the kit and have nearly $500 in it now, includes engine, reciever, servos and misc. stuff. Could add another $150 or so if I did the same thing from scratch.

Prices for materials is going up every day it seams and I lost alot of expendable income when I retired so it changed the way I have to enjoy this hobby and I really enjoy building. Kinda makes you creative and thats good for the old brain too.


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