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Old 02-23-2003, 05:29 PM
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just out of curiosity how many people in this hobby actually build their planes from kits ect than just buying ARTF's?

i always hear about building being the real way of the hobby and that theres not enough building around. i'm 15 and started the hobby a year ago and i much prefer building my planes rather than buying them, I'm not a person who's all "ARTF's are rubbish" but much prefer building to buying them, in my collection so far i've built 2 planes from plans, built one completely from scratch without any plans, bought one and the trainer which i first bought 2nd hand has mainly had to be re-built all over so i guess thats kind of a mix.

Anyways please vote and also feel free to comment about it.
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Old 02-23-2003, 06:08 PM
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Good Man, Vtol_.

Keep it up.
RCU doesn't like my confuser so score one for a bit of everything.

I have and do it all from my own designs, to plans, to kits, to Arfs and have a couple "bought" machines.

I even get to an hour every few weeks building a design-as-I-go simple HL glider (not RC!) to a simple rubber thing when my great nephew comes and wants Unca' Horrace to build him an airplane. Then we throw 'em around for a while. This summer I will probably get him into 1/2 A CL in the back yard.

At 15 you sound like a true modeler. Do as YOU feel and have a great model aviation ball. I have for some 60+ years.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 02-23-2003, 06:57 PM
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I have always built and will continue to do so as that's what I enjoy the most. I have bought one plane that was built by someone else, didn't meet my standards for building, yes I am very picky! I have done one ARF and that was enough for me! Have been building since 1954 and still going strong.
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Old 02-23-2003, 09:59 PM
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Design and scratchbuild everything I fly...didn't see that option up there...don't use plans...but do a little plan writing if a design works well...fly first...do plans later
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Old 02-23-2003, 10:28 PM
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I buy all my planes. Some are ARF's some are kits but all are built for me.
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Old 02-24-2003, 12:40 AM
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Like tatoo above, I do my own thing. Have a closet full of balsa, spruce and lite ply, and every now & then I get an inspiration to build something. Rarely have any plans, except for a known airfoil. Typically I use an airfoil similar to the old Taurus pattern plane from the 60's. For the rest of the plane, I just make sure it balances, and liberally apply the LAR principle.

Things usually work out fine. I usually use an OS91 4 stroke and aim for a bit more thrust than weight.
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Old 02-24-2003, 01:51 AM
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I have built mostly kits, bought a few built planes but did a lot of mod changes.

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Old 02-24-2003, 02:03 AM
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I design all the airplanes that I fly - and build from scratch. At first they were regular size planes, then 1/4 scale, and now the smallest one that I have is 1/3 scale. Am presently building a 40% J-3 Cub, 14.5 ft. span. I started building in 1937, and have never taken a leave of absence. Attached is a photo of my 30% scale Stinson SR-10 with a 13.5 ft. span. I am a good pilot, but I would rather build than fly.
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Old 02-24-2003, 03:16 PM
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Build of course, that is the most fun part of it all!
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I build from kits only. I have had a couple of ARF's, but would rather not "assemble" any more. I take great pride in the kits I build, and usually make some mods as I go. ARF's are there for a particular market, and the kits are there for another. If you like to build, I think you will stay with the hobby longer - more aspects to enjoy.

Jim, how about some more pics of the Stinson - that's a beautiful plane.
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Old 02-24-2003, 05:06 PM
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I build mostly from kits. I have built a few from scratch and a couple of my own design. Out of my 55 planes, I have 2 that are ARF. A Magic and a Great planes shoestring. Both are fun, both had to be modified so they don't fall apart in the air. I don't care for the ARF planes. They are fine for the people who don't have time or don't care about what they fly, but there is not a lot of quality there. I enjoy the building.
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Old 02-24-2003, 08:23 PM
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I'd much rather be at the field, than at the bench....BUT, that doesn't mean I can't build or hate doing so.

I just added them up and I have 13 planes. Here's the mix:

5 kit built.
4 built from plans.
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Old 02-24-2003, 08:49 PM
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To bear 750: O.K. Here's another of my favorite photos of the Stinson on a landing approach. It's flies just great. Most of the wood in the plane is cut from a 2 x 4 from Home Depot. It has aluminum tube wing spars, and every other wing rib is cut from 1/4 foam to keep the weight down. The cowl is made of 1/32 plywood. I made the dimples on the cowl from plastic that was heated in the oven, and drawn over a small mold. The fun of scratch building is just doing it the best you can, anyway you can. I don't buy anything if I can make it. Conversely, I have a friend that is just the opposite - he will not make anything that he can buy. For example, the Stinson has a very nice spring loaded tail-wheel assembly, that is simple to make, and yet is very strong. It took me about one hour to build. If I had purchased one - that would be $20 or more down the drain. Total cost for the Stinson, including the spar material, Ceconite fabric, dope, and wheels - less than a hundred bucks.
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Old 02-25-2003, 02:33 AM
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I donít have the desire to spend a lot of time building. I fly whenever I can. I like to buy a well-built plane. Most of the time I have to settle on a RAF and some of them are pretty good. They all look the same in the air. I go to the field to fly not to show off my building skills, that I donít have anyway. I do admire a well build and skillfully painted plane.

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Old 02-25-2003, 03:40 AM
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I build from plans, kits, and have even designed my own. I'm into BIG now.

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Old 02-26-2003, 03:01 AM
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Are their any events you will be flying this plane?
I would like to see it in the air!

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Build of course, that is the most fun part of it all!
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Old 02-26-2003, 03:41 AM
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I haven't been building as long as some of you, but I've built about 50 RC planes since I've been in this end of the hobby. I started building rubber powered stuff as a kit, and Jetco gliders, stuff like that. I even like a change of pace and go back and build one of those every now and then. If fact, I'm just finishing up a Guillows PBY as an in between change of pace thing.
Don't have anything aganist ARF's, but really enjoy building. A good friend of mine once told me, "When you're building your own kit, YOU are in charge of quality control."
I can remember back when you got a kit that had foam wing cores, it was almost considered an ARF!!

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Old 02-27-2003, 04:36 PM
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I've kit-built several and enjoyed the task. However, ARF's have improved immensely in quality over the last decade. Now the choice to build or buy has shifted from quality issues to do you have the time, space, etc. At this point in my life, I spend my time working, and involving myself in the many activities/sports that my kids participate in. ARFs allow me to still enjoy the hobby without sacrificing so many of the other activities I enjoy so much. There will come a time when the kids are gone that I can return to the joys of scratch/kit building. Nice to have options.
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So far I have built (or am in the process of building) 5 planes from kits. I have 2 arfs, 1 that flies regularly (or as regular as the weather will allow), and 1 that is waiting for me to get good enough to move up to it (Sig 1/4 scale CAP 231EX). I've only been flying since last July.
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Old 02-27-2003, 09:32 PM
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Gotta build....can't fly at night, what else is there to do? :-)

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