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Q: New Poll - Does foam float your boat?

never foam  










(414 votes)

Beth Ashby Moderator20/06/2015 13:33:44
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A new poll from David Pearce's question! - Does foam float your boat?

Wingman20/06/2015 14:41:56
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I prefer wood - I have foam models but I put them in the 'disposable' bracket - they just get hangar rash way too easily for my liking.

Dave Hopkin20/06/2015 14:49:59
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I build predominantly in foam and my best models are Foam not Wood!!!!!!!!!

Don Fry20/06/2015 15:25:09
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I predate foam, and have never bothered to acquire a foam build skill set. Don't mind small ARTF foamies though, hard work in wood. Look good.

Bill_B20/06/2015 15:28:02
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Having been a so-called traditional modeller since '69 I quite like the variation that foam models offer and particularly like learning new techniques associated with constructing/repairing the different types of foam. Also, in some cases, Foamy ARTFs offer a huge time saving in construction (and value for money) with some of the more complex models.

Take the FMS 1400mm P-51 Mustang V9 series as an example; How long (and how much) would it take (and cost) to make that particular model in wood, complete with flaps, retracts (inc. tail wheel) and door sequencing, nav lights, sliding canopy etc? The purists may scoff that it's made of foam and is electric powered, but when it's actually in the air and flown in a realistic manner, I defy anyone to tell it apart from a trad built version. I'm not knocking built up models (God knows I've built dozens over the years), but foam does offer a relatively cheap and quick way into the air with the time and money saved put to other uses.

Stevo20/06/2015 15:35:51
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Ernie20/06/2015 15:36:49
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Ernie20/06/2015 15:40:04
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Now that I think about it, the blue stuff can easily be formed to say a glider pod. Covered in glass and acrylic, and then the foam melted out. But as for the wee toy things again YUK


avtur20/06/2015 15:44:24
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Each to his own ... I prefer foamteeth 2

Steve Colman20/06/2015 16:06:42
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I fly both foam and wood models.

I think each has its merits depending on the situation. One could debate ad infinitum as to which may or may not be superior to the other, but as avtur says, each to his own.

simon barr20/06/2015 16:24:24
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I also fly both, but for my "serious" models, (SebArt Angel 50 for aero comps, decent sized glider tug etc,), I prefer wood... Much stronger where larger motors are concerned.

Bill_B20/06/2015 16:30:08
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Wood has no place in a slope racer or Hotliner, only composites and foam will do, timber just doesn't cut it! wink

Andy Shailer20/06/2015 17:22:05
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Never foam, wood always for me.

trebor20/06/2015 17:43:33
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For looking at - wood, building - wood, but I like my foam Cub dont know

..20/06/2015 17:47:49
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I've got a coupe of the multiplex foam models and find them good for a fun chuck around. They do suffer hanger rash easily , but a dab of hot glue can often sort out a bad arrival.

I'm not a fan of a foam training plane tho, I find them to twitchy in all but the lightest of winds.

I enjoyed Trebor's Fun Cub, hope he lets me fly it again soon

Edited By Justin K. on 20/06/2015 17:53:41

trebor20/06/2015 18:06:59
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laughYou can fly it anytime, it was up again this morning.

Keith Simmons20/06/2015 18:11:10
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I like wood, but foam is cheaper & flying is more scale like as it's slower & lighter.

Matt Jones20/06/2015 18:29:28
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In a word, no.
eflightray20/06/2015 18:40:27
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I like both balsa, and foam, (mainly Depron). I scratch build a lot, and Depron is so much cheaper than balsa, though I still use some balsa where needed.

I'm sure there are plenty of modelers, who dislike this or that, generally things they probably haven't tried properly.

Whatever the model is made from or powered by shouldn't really matter, likewise whether it is built, assembled, or comes out of the box ready to fly. It's all a personal choice.

Some people disagree with ARF, (Almost Ready to Fly), type models, yet most of the large IMAC competition models are ARFs. Many of the lareger 1/4 and 1/3 scale models are ARF, scale turbine models are ARF.

What about the glass fuselage and sheeted foam core wing models, are they also disliked by the balsa only fliers ?

Personally I don't care what people fly, I worry more about how they fly.

Bill_B20/06/2015 18:44:25
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Posted by eflightray neath on 20/06/2015 18:40:27:

Personally I don't care what people fly, I worry more about how they fly.

Well said! thumbs up

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