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Old 11-02-2008, 02:36 PM
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Default RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build

I have one ARF to finish up, a Lanier Citabria 40. After that, I'm hoping to get back to the HOB Decathlon. The most difficult part of the operation, in my opinion, is the hinging and covering, then the installation of the radio gear. In a kit, the thrust angles are indicated on the plan and in many cases, it's built in the alignment of the parts. You often don't get that with an ARF. Also, there are fitting issues and the possibility that a structure can be weakened if you cut into the wood while removing covering in the glue areas. Add to this, the possibility that some internal parts may not have been glued thoroughly in the manufacturing process. Should you crash a plane you built, it's more likely that you'll be able to restore it to original condition because you'll have all the templates and leftover covering that was used in the build. Planes from kits tend to last longer for the reasons stated.