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Old 12-07-2005, 06:53 PM
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Thanks, John W!

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Old 12-07-2005, 08:18 PM
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Build, assemble, construct, fabricate, whatever. Why get hung up on the words people use? Who cares what it's called? Just put the thing together and fly it.
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Old 12-08-2005, 03:17 PM
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I like that, that made my week
Got me going though. SOme were between builder and master. tough call[:-]
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Old 12-09-2005, 02:21 AM
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Must be different wording for me as well. I normally say 'I built it myself" when I build a kit. For an ARF I say I 'put it together'. Hmmm. Maybe that doesn't work out good either??
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Old 12-09-2005, 05:02 PM
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According to Mr Raskins definition:

I guess I fall somewhere between builder and expert. Probably the same catagory that most kit builders in the hobby would fall into--if the've built more than 10 kits.

I'm currently working on kit #32.[sm=sunsmiley.gif]
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Old 12-09-2005, 06:42 PM
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Add me to your definition, been at it since late 1930s. some of the definitions remind of the adds for Poker dealers at the Casino's, semi and or proffesional. dick
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Old 12-10-2005, 08:19 PM
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[8D]Will never "get used to it" . The
word "assemble" should not be that
difficult to handle, even by ARF'ers.

One more time, KITS are constructed.
Scratch builders CONSTRUCT.

ARF's have already, unfortunately,
reached that point (CONSTRUCTED)
to the detriment of those to want to,
love to build/construct model aircraft.

ARF's are assembled!!
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Old 12-10-2005, 09:17 PM
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I keep coming back to those items you buy that are almost completely built. The box says "Some assembly required", when I see an ARF that's what comes to mind.
So no one misunderstands me, I have assembled ARF's and own one which I admit is a great flyer and as Great Planes doesn't kit the UCD I had no choice.
Anyone who has kit or scratch built knows the true difference.
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Old 12-12-2005, 04:47 AM
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What gets me is the more recent availability (or unavailability) of kits to build. I wrote build just then because thats what came out instinctively, just so you know my opinion.

I find it increasingly difficult to find the particular KIT I would like to BUILD. Pages and pages of ARTF jobs just dont cut it, I'm sure I cant be the only person with this opinion, maybe I'm looking in the wrong place? maybe I should try scratch building!

A large part of this hobby for me is being able to build the kit and be proud of what you have created, an ARTF is definitely nothing more than an assembly procedure pre-determined by the manufacturer, where is the fun/skill in that?

Oh yeah does anyone have an opinion on the topflite spitfire mk IX kit? (maybe i should take that to the warbird forum, but while we are on the topic of kits.....)
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Old 12-12-2005, 07:56 AM
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Can't say for the Top Flite rendition but I just picked up a Modeltech International Spit Mk. IX that looks promising.

I had built, (yeah...from a kit but a lotta work nonetheless) the Sterling Spitfire back in the late '70's. The box was a balsa factory with enough wood to build two planes. Talk about over-engineering.

This latest attempt is a "quick-build" with decks, wings and stabilizer pre-sheeted foam core. It's a .46 size and I'll be putting a .52 4 stroke up front to run inverted. The company is defunct but the kit looks 90% scale in appearance. No retracts or flaps so this will be simply a fun-fly affair.

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