Still can't build one for what the ARF is running. Take this into account when you consider the cost of the wood, glue, sandpaper, cowl, canopy, spinner, etc., covering and finishing materials, and most notably ''TIME'' if you built it yourself, which is better anyway.
How can you say that $650 for an 85-ish inch warbird ARF is out of line?
I think it is the catch 22 mentality of many in the USA: 'I don't want to buy from China, in order to support the USA economy, but I will buy it, because I expect it to sell cheap, because it is from China; BUT wait, it comes from China, but it ain't cheap....What a rip-off'. Oh, and of course, the usual complaints about ARF imperfections and quality in the process (cheap).
I am in the airline industry, and this argument is similar to those that complain about having to pay more than $99 to fly from MSP to Miami, for example. I mean, come on; you cannot even drive to WI and back for $99. Why is $250 or $350 for this travel considered out of line? I cannot even drive my truck back to Indiana for less than $350 at current gas prices. In air travel, you are paying for time and convenience. We can thank to low cost carriers for this air travel (cost) mentality.
Think about it.