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Old 08-22-2014, 07:30 PM
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I already know that I will get the typical "why cant you do it yourself" or "building is part of the hobby". Are there any builders out there that build for others who arent as experienced?
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Old 08-23-2014, 04:23 AM
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As long as the hobby has been around people have had others build for them, no big deal,,, what do you want built?
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Old 08-23-2014, 06:17 AM
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", what do you want built?"

And what are you willing to pay?

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Old 08-23-2014, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by kmoore0612 View Post
I already know that I will get the typical "why cant you do it yourself" or "building is part of the hobby". Are there any builders out there that build for others who arent as experienced?

Just to let you know, RCU ID RDJeff is right there in Anchorage, skyrat71 is in Homer. In my many years of experience with this hobby I've found uncountable numbers of guys/gals who are more than willing to help in almost any stage of "playing with our toys". If they can't help directly, I'd be willing to bet they can at least point you in the right direction.
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:47 AM
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Yes I am willing to pay. I will check out RDJeff and see what he has to say.
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One of the long accepted forms of payment for a kit being built is to pick out the kit you want built, buy two of them. You get a built kit and the builder gets one to do with as he wishes. Just a suggestion.
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Old 08-23-2014, 04:10 PM
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Wow I didn't know that. I'm looking more at the Top Flite arfs for now and maybe the hangar 9 corsair and new p-51
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:26 PM
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You're wanting to hire somebody to assemble an ARF for you? The ARFs on the market today are pretty easy to do. The hardest part of the whole thing is routing the fuel tank lines.
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My hardest thing is mounting the tail and making sure i do t screw it
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That's easy. Use 30 minute epoxy so you have some working time. Cut off the covering where the glue goes if you need to, then glue it up and stick it in the slot. For the horizontal, use a bubble level to make sure the wing is level. Don't depend on the landing gear for this; use some books or other solid material to block them and the back of the fuselage in place and use some weight on top of the fuselage to make sure nothing moves. Then use the bubble level on the stabilizer and block it into place or use packing tape to hold it. After it cures, put the vertical stabilizer in the slot. Your eyes will get it within just a degree or two if you stand back a little and check it for square, but if you really want to get it perfect use your level to get it vertically plumb (check both sides so you aren't fooled by any warps or taper) assuming that your horizontal stab is still level also. Then use some packing tape to hold it in place while it cures. Alternately, do a Google image search for a square you can print out and glue it onto cardboard. You can cut out the point of the right angle to allow for your fuselage and then use it to get your vertical square.
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by JollyPopper View Post
One of the long accepted forms of payment for a kit being built is to pick out the kit you want built, buy two of them. You get a built kit and the builder gets one to do with as he wishes. Just a suggestion.
That's how I have been doing it since 1970!
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Originally Posted by tailskid View Post
That's how I have been doing it since 1970!

. It'd be alright for ARF assembly, but not for a build.
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$200 dollar kit for 40 hours work. Sounds good to me:-))))))))))))))))

That philosophy was why I quit building for others.

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Old 08-29-2014, 07:49 AM
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Ya, $5.00 an hour doesn't cut it.
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That and the junk someone would want me to install in it. No thanks!!!!!
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Oh geez, you know how a lot of these builders are. They have more planes than they can fly already, but they love to be in the shop. They'd build for free for others if it didn't mean that every annoying moron wouldn't show up at their doorstep wanting his latest project done yesterday. There's no way to make building for others a viable business unless you're a factory in China. But it can be enjoyable for the guys (and there are still a good number around) who pretty much just want to put one together and see it fly one time before they move on to another project.
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Old 09-02-2014, 06:12 AM
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True,, building for the fun of it is almost a completely lost art, those that never built kits or from scratch never will understand the feeling of accomplishment,,
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Old 09-02-2014, 06:33 PM
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i always build for fun. I build what I like.

If you want me to build what YOU like, that's where the $20.00+ an hour comes in.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:25 AM
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Remember the 3 things about having something done: good, fast, cheap. Pick two.,,,and then one of the two remaining ones will be "iffy".
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Well, I work cheap when needed,, so I can built it Fast, or if you're really in a hurry,, Half Fast
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