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brokenenglish25/12/2017 10:22:18
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It can't be disappearing that fast... This debate has been going on for decades...

Peter Miller25/12/2017 10:34:58
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Also, there are a lot of companies selling balsa, glues, accessories etc

There are obviously enough builders to support them all,

Percy Verance25/12/2017 11:28:16
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Very true Peter. As long as I can source the materials I need to build the models I want to build, I'll carry on.........

ChrisB25/12/2017 14:22:45
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Posted by Pete Willbourn on 24/12/2017 16:34:39:

Hi Chris , ( and dad) Happy Seasonal Greetings

These photos were attached to his Christmas Card , so the answer is YES !!

Pete W

Its good to know he's still going strong!

Don Fry25/12/2017 15:10:55
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Percy, at the end of the day, a bit of orange box, and a bamboo stick will fly.

Scott Notman25/12/2017 20:58:14
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I do hope not,I was lucky enough many years ago to have a Grandad with just enough patience to teach me some basic building technics.

Now I hope to continue building for as long as I can and to encourage others too.

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Just about to start this one!

Cheers

Scott

Percy Verance26/12/2017 09:14:17
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An excellent start to the New Year Scott and a good project too. Good luck with the build. yes

There's a certain *something* about biplanes, although it helps if you enjoy building wings!

Edited By Percy Verance on 26/12/2017 09:17:03

Scott Notman26/12/2017 09:35:56
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Cheers Percy!

Who doesn't like building wings it's transporting them I don't like.

Nigel Grant 126/12/2017 09:37:19
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My son must want me to continue traditional building as he has given me a 16" span kitset of a Spitfire. I do build my planes from plans and this Guillows kit is the first laser cutting I have handled. Pretty amazing. I have a 56"sportster to cover when things settle down after Christmas and also a Can Doo to fit the hardware into, so this model will be a bit of a change. I have built rubber models before but not quite this small. Will have to see if I can get some coloured tissue from one of the free flighters in our club. They would make up the majority of scratch builders in it - there is a strong Tomboy contingent with regular competitions.

Timothy Harris 127/12/2017 09:37:53
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I certainly enjoy building as much as flying but the truth is that many people just don’t have the time or facilities. I was lucky enough to have been instructed quite early on in basic building skills( house building! Rather than models) plus I have a small workshop . As a kid I started with Keil kraft control line planes and then started RC powerboats because 2 channel RC equipment was all I could afford in those days. Most boats I built were wooden but soon that changed to fibreglass hulls and wooden superstructure. All good RC boats are built and there are there is very little else apart from fully built models which are usually very mild in terms of performance and quality. I always wanted to fly rc planes and I got the bug again around 7 yrs ago after playing with my kids toy helicopters. After flying a number of small Helis I was keen to start planes and the bug re-started. ARTFs can be the “lazy way “ of flying if all people do is just slot them together, but they can also be very good when augmented, and I love modifying them to improve their performance . I still buy them and intend to keep doing so, as well as building as time for me is also limited. I definitely will still keep building but I am happy to do both building and ARTFs as long as the quality is high enough. By the way Peter I would like to thank you for your excellent books on building which have given me a lot of tips! 

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Edited By Timothy Harris 1 on 27/12/2017 09:45:50

Cuban827/12/2017 11:59:00
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Posted by Timothy Harris 1 on 27/12/2017 09:37 ARTFs can be the “lazy way “ of flying if all people do is just slot them together, but they can also be very good when augmented, and I love modifying them to improve their performance . I still buy them and intend to keep doing so, as well as building as time for me is also limited. I definitely will still keep building but I am happy to do both building and ARTFs as long as the quality is high enough. By the way Peter I would like to thank you for your excellent books on building which have given me a lot of tips!

Edited By Timothy Harris 1 on 27/12/2017 09:45:50

I suppose I've put together a dozen or so ARTFs over the years and without exception, they've all needed modification or improvement in one way or another. Broadly speaking, it's usually issues with poor quality mechanical retracts and associated mechanism, poor quality fuel tank, control links that are only fit for the bin, weak fixed undercarriage, very tight and poorly routed control snakes, glass cowls that require an extra internal layer of glass and resin to reinforce the usual paper-thin offering supplied as standard, brittle cyano hinges, tight and/or misaligned wing joiners, covering coming off, firewalls about to fall out etc etc.......no names, no pack drill.

I've spent as much time on the mods to give a safe and reliable model with a couple of ARTFs, than I've spent completing the rest of those builds, so there's usually plenty of scope to get stuck in and learn something for the flyer with no time to build!wink

Martin Harris27/12/2017 12:27:46
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Posted by Scott Notman on 26/12/2017 09:35:56:

Cheers Percy!

Who doesn't like building wings it's transporting them I don't like.

Me - I'm a fuselage man...wings are a necessary evil when I'm building. As far as I'm concerned, multi wings are buyplanes!

Edited By Martin Harris on 27/12/2017 12:32:40

Scott Notman27/12/2017 19:17:11
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Lol fair enough Martin I always get a bit freaked out over the straightness of a fuselage particularly with open frames, I find wings easier somehow.

Shane Sunday27/12/2017 20:24:16
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I love building traditionaly. It's the finishing I've a problem with. As a model build drags on I tend to lose steam. I want to build them all. Funny enough I've lots of models I've bought but the few I've built and completed are my favorite to fly.

Peter Miller28/12/2017 08:21:15
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Of course Shane

You have put a lot of yourself into the model so it means far more. IT has a soul if you like.

Broken Prop28/12/2017 09:27:12
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I am building a Peter Miller Sky Rover from a plan published in another magazine a few years back. Billed as a plane for rough field use, the construction may be simple but it sure is rugged. It should survive even my 'arrivals'.

The external telescopic struts for the undercarriage add a bit of fun to the build as well. Nice plane Peter and thanks for publishing that one.

Pete.

Martin Harris28/12/2017 09:34:32
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Posted by Peter Miller on 28/12/2017 08:21:15:

Of course Shane

You have put a lot of yourself into the model so it means far more. IT has a soul if you like.

There's always some of my DNA in any model I build...usually red in colour!

Peter Miller28/12/2017 10:37:20
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Hi Broken Prop

Yes, it was a fun model and the undercarriage made it.

Just make sure that the undercarriage parts are firmly held together, thread lock is a good idea.

Martin

They always fly better if you bleed on them. Been my belief for many years!! But it must be accidental

Broken Prop28/12/2017 15:44:57
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Thanks for the tip Peter. I can see why thread lock might be a good idea on this model. The way I land, it will be a must have!

It may be a little while before it is finished, but I'll post some pictures come the day.

Oh....and I've bled on it as well.  frown

Edited By Broken Prop on 28/12/2017 15:46:24

Peter Miller28/12/2017 18:14:58
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I will look forward to them

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