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Old 10-31-2011, 02:27 PM
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Hi All,

Aside from the obvious covering question, could someone tell me if there are any advantages to the ARC over the ARF? I actually prefer an ARF right now as I have very little free time.

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Old 10-31-2011, 02:46 PM
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Default RE: Viper ARF or ARC?

The obvious answers are:

It makes for a better finish
It allows your own color scheme
It allows you to beef up the tail area and firewall without having to remove covering
It allows you to shim the front of the VTail to get the right incidence (and build the saddle up a bit)


But if time is an issue and all you are going to run is a TT40 or similar then just do the arf and be flying in 2 evenings. I have 3 arfs currently flying, and one of them is over 3 yrs old and raced a lot. Only work needed was at the firewall and shimming the tail.
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The obvious answers are:

It makes for a better finish
It allows your own color scheme
It allows you to beef up the tail area and firewall without having to remove covering
It allows you to shim the front of the VTail to get the right incidence (and build the saddle up a bit)


But if time is an issue and all you are going to run is a TT40 or similar then just do the arf and be flying in 2 evenings. I have 3 arfs currently flying, and one of them is over 3 yrs old and raced a lot. Only work needed was at the firewall and shimming the tail.
All of that plus

Great Planes ARF covering jobs are pretty poor when it comes to longevity of the covering staying put.
An ARC will take one or two nights at most to cover then you can make the changes you wish to make, apply a unique color scheme and have a decent covering job.
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I've seen several of the Viper ARC (naked Viper) covered with 3/4 ounce fiberglass cloth and then clear coated.

Painting with automotive clear coat results in an attractive lightweight finish.

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I've got the ARC coming this weekend. Here is my proposed color scheme. Drawn with Inkscape.
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For AMA 424, get the ARF if time is an issue. Do the popular upgrades and go fly it. AMA 428 - Go with the ARC so you can make the major upgrades. I can't address AMA 426 - haven't done that yet.
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