RE: Do I need this stuff?
Findsomeone (a futurebuddy possibly) who is pretty good at flying and has a big smile after a flight.tHERE WILL BE A LOT OVE THESE GUYS
nEXT, ASK IF HE BUILDS KITS. iF HE SAYS YES, ASK IF HE WOULD LOOK OVER THE PROGRESS YOU MAKE ON YOUR FIRST KIT BUILD.
Assuming the person actually buils and flys, he will probably say yes.
There aresome tools that are helpful, but a buildre buddy willprobablyshow you how to balance and set up the plane without any of the tools.
I am of the belief that balancing in a couple of fingers works great with a helpful more experienced friend. Measuring control surface throws to the manufactures plan only requires a ruler.
After flying to manufactures specs, you might want to tweak it with some input fromsome experienced flyers/builders.
Take as much time reading the instructions over and over, like you do before buying something will be more helpful than anything else you can do.
I am fortunate to have made friends with some well known competitive builderflyers, and they own almost every tool.
However, they read the blue print and plans over and over so that they understand at least a few steps ahead.
They take great pains to make sure everything is straight as and arrow and eactly the same on both sides. (Even if the blueprint doesn't exactly match the pieces.)
They dry fit and sand to perefection before glueing.
Titebond or similar yellow carpenters glue (waterproof)
, medium CA, 3
a long metal ruler (3 or 4 ft long)
, lots of pins.
wax paper to put over the plans,
a perfectly flat building borad,
Small hobby saw,
Sanding blocks with 100 grit and 180 grit paper,
and patience like you have with shopping for info on what to buy.
When you get moving along, take the plane to meetings or the field and let others take a look.
Everyone has an opinion, and some of thoose opinions are actually useful.
The best advise I ever had was "figure it out the best you can and glue it".
The worst that can happen is that you have to sand or cut something away and fix it or add another layer of balsa to fill the gap wher you messed up.
The tools you are looking at buying are not needed (if at all) until the plane is almost ready to fly.
Have fun, relax and ask members of a local club to take a look at your progress.
Most builders of kits are more than willing to help other kit builders.
Another person said it well when he said, build a good kit, with good motor, and a good radio and servos.
Do not skimp on the above.
The tools are just a helpful means of using the kit, motor, radio.