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    RC Plane ARF Manufacturers

    Hi All,
    Was trying to collate a list of good quality RC Plane ARFs and RTFs Manufacturers who are non chinese could be out of Vietnam, thailand, singapore or any other country
    If you know any do add them here if possible with their website. Some known ones are

    Pheonix
    Seagull Models
    VQ Models
    Mega Models ..................

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    RE: RC Plane ARF Manufacturers

    What difference does it make, whether they are in China or in Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore or any other country ??
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    RE: RC Plane ARF Manufacturers

    I know Phoenix model come from Viet Nam. But, its a real streach to call them good quality in my opinion. (e.g., threaded bolts for wheel axels, etc.)

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    RE: RC Plane ARF Manufacturers

    Add Minicraft and Vmar to the list. Thunder Tiger and GWS are in Taiwan, but you may still consider that China.

    As for quality, none of them can match the best of the Chinese ARFs.

    Jim


    Edit: I think Black Hawk is also not in China. Or is that Black Horse? BH anyway.

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    RE: RC Plane ARF Manufacturers


    ORIGINAL: jrf

    As for quality, none of them can match the best of the Chinese ARFs.

    Jim


    Edit: I think Black Hawk is also not in China.
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    RE: RC Plane ARF Manufacturers

    Any ARF that is not made by one of the companies on the above list is made in China. The best are probably QQ, Aeroworks, Pacific Aeromodel, Fliton and the more expensive ones from Hanger 9 and Great Planes. There are undoubtedly other top quality arfs that I have not tried.

    Jim

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    RE: RC Plane ARF Manufacturers

    Black Horse models. www.hobbypeople.net
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    RE: RC Plane ARF Manufacturers

    anymore ?

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    RE: RC Plane ARF Manufacturers

    Where are KangkeUSA ARFs manufactured?
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    RE: RC Plane ARF Manufacturers

    I had an old model that says it was made by Pheonix models but was not. It was called an Accipiter also? 65" wing and flew great with an os 70 on the nose.

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    RE: RC Plane ARF Manufacturers


    ORIGINAL: jrf

    As for quality, none of them can match the best of the Chinese ARFs.

    I disagree. Having assembled more than my share of ARFs, running the gamut from VMar (junk, IMO) to Sig (absolute top shelf, again IMO), I have found that it all depends on MANY factors.

    But I am working on a Seagull Yak 54 right now, made in Nam, that is fully the equal- fit, finish, overall quality wise- of the best I have ever seen.

    So, a blanket statement such as yours in incorrect. IOW, you have to evaluate each offering separately.

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    RE: RC Plane ARF Manufacturers

    With my experience only: Each individual model is different from one another. I am not referring to a specific mfr, either, for example, take 3 of the same design from any mfr, and they will be different from one another. Seagull for example, I have put together several, and it is like rediscovering the same plane each time. Different wood, twists in the airframe, glue, etc. Great Planes, places where there is supposed be wood to secure aileron horns, missing. Have to cut it open and build parts to fit. The only build I trust is a kit. So, I don't greatly place any credence on the specific location of an arf mfr.
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    RE: RC Plane ARF Manufacturers


    ORIGINAL: Steve Campbell


    ORIGINAL: jrf

    As for quality, none of them can match the best of the Chinese ARFs.

    I disagree. Having assembled more than my share of ARFs, running the gamut from VMar (junk, IMO) to Sig (absolute top shelf, again IMO), I have found that it all depends on MANY factors.

    But I am working on a Seagull Yak 54 right now, made in Nam, that is fully the equal- fit, finish, overall quality wise- of the best I have ever seen.

    So, a blanket statement such as yours in incorrect. IOW, you have to evaluate each offering separately.

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    Well, Horizon Hobby has taken Seagull under their wing (so to speak) and Seagull's quality (and price) have increased a lot since I made that statement 20 months ago. They are still having design and weight issues though. Your Seagull Yak will not fly like an Aeroworks or Extreme Flight Yak.

    And of course ARFs are all hand made, so no two will be exactly alike, not even two of the same model, from the same factory.

    The point is: You are more likely to get a well designed and well built ARF from Aeroworks than from NitroPlanes. But... the big names (Great Planes, Hanger 9, Sig, etc.) get their expensive ARFs and their cheap ARFs from different factories. With those guys, price is the best indicator of quality.

    Jim


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