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Q: Did you start with ARTF and move to building from kits or vice versa?

 Started with ARTF moved to building from kits only
 Started with ARTF moved to building from plans only
 Started with ARTF moved to building from kits and building from plans
 Started with building kits or from plans and moved to ARTF
 I only build from kits or plans
 I only build ARTF
 I only build from kits
 I only build from plans
 Other (Please specify in thread)


ken anderson.12/10/2017 17:22:13
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Posted by Don Fry on 12/10/2017 16:04:36:

Sorry, can't vote, like all the other elderly moaners, no catagory.

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no elderly moaner here Don...merely pointing out to young Beth we could do with another option..... no time to moan I'm afraid..... thumbs up

ken Anderson...ne.....1.... category reqd dept..

Don Fry12/10/2017 17:25:00
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Posted by Bob Cotsford on 12/10/2017 17:05:28:

Rubber powered kit's, then control-line kits and plans, now RC kits, plans and ARTF. I doubt I could turn round fast enough for c/l these days!

Rubber, luxury. And speak for yourself Ken. I am getting myself worked up to give a bloke i pay every month, to ask what he does.

Edited By Don Fry on 12/10/2017 17:28:06

Bob Cotsford12/10/2017 17:35:12
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Posted by Don Fry on 12/10/2017 17:25:00:
Posted by Bob Cotsford on 12/10/2017 17:05:28:

Rubber powered kit's, then control-line kits and plans, now RC kits, plans and ARTF. I doubt I could turn round fast enough for c/l these days!

Rubber, luxury. And speak for yourself Ken. I am getting myself worked up to give a bloke i pay every month, to ask what he does.

Edited By Don Fry on 12/10/2017 17:28:06

No choice back then, you had to buy whatever was in stock in the local toy shop - or at least Mom had to buy it! Frog 'Junior' series iirc.

onetenor12/10/2017 17:51:11
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What about people like me who started with sheet balsa kits then stick and tissue. Won my first foamy in my 70 s and bought one more so far

Edited By Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 12/10/2017 18:17:37

Paul Johnson 412/10/2017 18:06:07
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Started late in life but with Foamies then moved to balsa kits and lovin it! Thanks to Richard Wills at Warbird Replicas.

Tom Sharp 212/10/2017 18:19:47
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When I started, balsa was as rare as Rocking Horse droppings'.There had just been a war and they'd used it all for Mosquito's.

pete taylor12/10/2017 18:22:20
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No category for starting on plans and kit, then acquiring some ARTFs more recently.

I can't be the only one who walked this path...

Percy Verance12/10/2017 18:28:39
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Control line until early 70's, then single channel MacGregor set. Moved to proportional (Gem 4) in about 1972.

Of course back then there were no artf's, so if you wanted a model you either built it yourself or found someone wIlling to build it for you, which was unlikely. I remember the first of the artf's appearing back in the 70's (Kyosho I seem to recall). Hardly anyone bothered with them, but one did appear at our field.

I still prefer to build although like most aeromodellers I have sampled the odd artf. Most leave me somewhat unimpressed, apart from the Multiplex Elapor jobs, which seem extremely well developed and far more robust than might be imagined.

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 12/10/2017 18:30:46

Dave Bran12/10/2017 18:32:17
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Posted by pete taylor on 12/10/2017 18:22:20:

No category for starting on plans and kit, then acquiring some ARTFs more recently.

I can't be the only one who walked this path...

No, you are not. Started with rebuilding some near defunct plan builds, went on to design and build my own, all balsa based, that was early 70's. Came back 2005, initially scratch building in EPP or major conversions on chuck gliders, have latterly done a few balsa rebuilds/restorations, or bought second hand balsa, but in the main its ARTF and foam.

gangster12/10/2017 18:49:11
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Perhaps we need a second poll for those of us who know what balsa cement and razor blades are

iqon12/10/2017 19:01:04
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Other wink

Percy Verance12/10/2017 19:10:07
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Not just balsa cement and (single edged) razor blades either. Don't forget dope and banana oil too gangster........

Built most of the Keilkraft stuff here. Chief, Minimoa, Dolphin, AJax, Ladybird, Outlaw, New Super 60, Phantom  etc........plus a handful of those rubber powered WW2 jobs with dozens of stringer notches.......

Oh the memories.......

It does feel rather strange flying a truly modern model design (Multiplex Heron) with not a single piece of wood in it, complete with it's metal wing spars. Evolution I think it's called.

There doesn't seem to be a category for us old salts.....

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 12/10/2017 19:25:06

RICHARD WILLS12/10/2017 19:36:38
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Blimey , I think we must all be old gits . I suppose we all had a go at what was available .

I guess the real question is : How many people who joined the hobby during the ARTF available period (lets call it the "ARFA period" , Actually went on to make traditional Kits ?

I 'm guessing its a small proportion .

Beth Ashby Moderator12/10/2017 19:40:30
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Two more options added... Started with kits and plans and moved to ARTF and 'other' for all other possibilities.

Thank you for your feedback yes

Percy Verance12/10/2017 19:43:27
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Thanks Beth. I have availed myself of the appropriate new category..........

I had a bit of a chat a few years back with someone who entered the hobby via the artf route, and he seemed gobsmacked/bemused that traditionally built models were built on a flat board, He thought you simply stuck the bits together in your lap while watching tv.........

Oh how times (and hobbies!) change.........

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 12/10/2017 19:53:07

Dylan Reynolds LaserCraft Services12/10/2017 21:01:53
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I voted other, started with balsa kits, moved onto plan builds, designing my own and hand cutting to CAD drawn and laser cut kits, with more than several ARTFs along the way.

Ray Dunn12/10/2017 23:32:01
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I voted Other.

Started with Keil Kraft rubber powered kits in the late 1950s and currently flying both an ARTF Heron and an RCM&E plan build Highside. And in the background refurbishing some of my 1970s plan and kit builds.

Ray

Edited By Ray Dunn on 12/10/2017 23:33:45

john stones 112/10/2017 23:45:29
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First build was a Matador (Kiel Kraft) ? fitted with radio and an O.S 10, built with hacksaw blade and a stanley knife, twas a thing of beauty crook had loads of kits/artf/plan builds since, I have no preference, they all have something to offer.

Simon B12/10/2017 23:46:01
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Started with ARTF, build and still use ARTFs too.
Martin Harris12/10/2017 23:48:57
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Looks like I'll have to go "others" Beth, unless you can add a "kits - plans - ARTFs - own designs - continuing mix of all categories..."

Like many of the other "baby boomers", I started on Kiel Kraft rubber models, free flight, control liners and a brief flirtation with single channel before progressing to the rather pricey miracle of digital proportional control. Kits and plan builds were the norm - I suppose my first ARTF was a Halton Special glider but the term wasn't one I'd ever heard back then.

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