One of the reasons for less kits is no one has time to build, and in my opinion some of the kits need to bo updated. Ive built a few kits and enjoy the building proccess but im in the middle of a balsa usa 1/4 cub and it's by far the worst kit ive built there was a lot of wood missing and the plans and directions are wrong in some areas. I called them and they were very nice and offered to send out the missing pieces but when your half way thru that particular area its just easier to go to your LHS and buy the wood, Several of the sections in the directions are just flat out wrong or omitted and could have been an easy fix by just adding an extra page with the corrections...If a new builder was to get this plane with these kind of issues well then I can understand why ARFs look good.... Carl
I know what you mean Carl, I built that kit too.
But back in the 60's and 70's, that's how kits were. You got a box of sticks, a set of plans, and a basic set of instructions. In fact, back in those days, most of us designed and built our own planes. It was just as easy as building a kit and you had the pleasure of saying "It's my own design".
Nowadays, kits are engineered MUCH better and the manuals (In most cases) have improved a thousand fold. But there are still a LOT of "Builder's Kits" out there and you need to know what you're getting into before you buy. People are so accustomed to the newer kits that they assume ALL kits are that easy to build. And the Sig 1/4 Cub is particularly frustrating because so many of Sig's kits are so outstanding that people think, "Well, it's a Sig kit, so it's gonna fall together in a week".
When I wanted a 1/4 Cub, I had the BUSA ans Sig to choose from. I knew the BUSA was a Builder's Kit, so I got the Sig. But it was also a builder's kit.
In fact, the Sig 1/4 Cub's plans and manual shows Kraft Servos!