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Fats Flyer01/01/2008 14:40:00
477 forum posts
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Hi All,

It seems from this forum that there are still plenty of builders out there.

People keep saying that the art of scratch building and building from kits is plummeting because of these a.r.t.f's.

It would be nice to see if this is the case.

If you don't mind ,can builders enter their age ,it would be nice to see if there are new and upcoming builders or is the art really falling away.

I don't mind starting off,....i have been building for 7 years now and im 41 years old.

happy new year to all.


Bruce Richards01/01/2008 16:01:00
1849 forum posts
Hi, I am 47 and have started flying models in may 2007. I am just building a WOT 4 which I guess could be described as a kit. I have done lots of repairs to ARTFs and I have been given a half complete Stamp biplane, with no plans or instructions, that I hope to complete soon. I love building and did some as a kid but never had the patience to get anything to fly. I would love to build from one of the RCM&E plans when I get time. The problem is I also love flying. Bruce
Lee Morgan01/01/2008 18:00:00
858 forum posts
28 photos

Hi I am 31, I have the ability to build but not the time, Saying that when I do get time I do build, There is a build thread or two of mine in the blog section, They may not be convetional but are as, if not more difficult than a balsa bash. The Jart for example is a carbon build hmmmm interesting to play with carbon fibre.

Best regards


Eric Bray01/01/2008 21:07:00
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I'm knocking on the door of 58, been building since about age 6. Prefer balsa to plastic, but beggars can't always choose! Prefer to design my own, too, with mixed success.
Evan Pimm02/01/2008 05:04:00
146 forum posts

Been building my own design models since I was 12 or so, I've built three kits since then, and I'm 53 now. I think I was about 20 when I built my last kit...Veron `Big Eagle' as I remember. You just can't get the kits for the models I like, you know.


GrumpyGnome02/01/2008 07:07:00
564 forum posts
153 photos

47 years old.  Been building, on and off, since I was about 11............... last kit I built was mid 2007 - a SIG Ultimate Fun Fly.  


Phil Claridge02/01/2008 07:11:00
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32 photos

hi i am 58 built my first proper model in 1976 a four foot six glider kit  built it over the plan using  aspecialist industrial glue called loctite is12 i got from work yes it was super glue  and the glider was firmly stuck to the plan oops

glider flew for about 20 seconds then clapped hands and died mariage kids and divorce then got in the way i started rc proper in 1995 along with three elder brothers.

David Ashby - Moderator02/01/2008 09:55:00
11089 forum posts
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44 and building since I was 16, before that an Airfix basher!

I havn't scratch-built but do build from kits and plans in amongst the ARTF's.

Rob Harris02/01/2008 12:18:00
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32 - flying for 3 years, I have 1 kit/ARTF (MFA Yamamoto if anybody remembers it) the Diag spitfire kit (still to fly) and a Black horse Canter ARTF.

 As long as these 3 stay airworthy I will progress down the kit buid route as much as possible !!!!

simon barr02/01/2008 15:30:00
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I'm 48. started with control-line in mid 70's, "converted" to r/c early 80's and although I assemble artf's I still like to build from kits or home brews using old wings from dead models (always keep the wings.. they are the worst bit to build to my mind.) The few of us who have answered this thread are all in our 30's or 40's, are there any youngters out there building?
David Ashby - Moderator02/01/2008 15:32:00
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They say 60 is the new 40 so that makes me ......mid 20's
simon barr02/01/2008 15:40:00
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Don't think I would like to be mid 20's again.... small children, hefty mortgage etc
Ernie02/01/2008 16:11:00
2542 forum posts
24 photos

Hi,  66  happy new year


Jonathan Lewzey02/01/2008 16:16:00
1136 forum posts
683 photos

Hi, I'm 16 and have been building and flying for about 5 years. I got caught by the RTF bug (the aerobird challenger was my first r/c model) but also built small free flight gliders and rubber powered indoor models. Despite my main interest in r/c i still build free flight (all own designs) and a bit of airfix.

I build a lot of models with my dad Keith. our first r/c kit built model was a svenson starter glider, but we soon progressed to the Steve Griffiths P-40 from issue april 2005. it is electric power and flies beautifully. Take a look at my pictures in the gallery. Current scratch builds are a Brian Taylor Fw190A4, Tony N Zero and Nigel hawes fizza. I have also "renovated" a couple of simple 2 channel gliders and I am restoring an electric power dart kitten.

I also have many ARTF models. I wouldn't be without my shock flyer or Travel Air, simply because they're fun and dependable. It's also nice to build something a bit special rather than your run-of-the-mill sportster.


Ian Lloyd02/01/2008 20:25:00
26 forum posts
40 years old, been involved in flying since April 07 and have mostly built the Bushwacker from the RCME plan, and bought a job lot of about 15 'part finished' kits, and scratchbuild frames.... 
the unmagnificent man02/01/2008 21:04:00
425 forum posts

Hi all, I've just turned 43 and built my first KK eaglet rubber powered aircraft back in the 70s.

Since then I have built a couple of ARTFs and a T180 from a kit. I have built a trainer from a plan and my personal favorite is this scratch built plane................

Unfortunately I just havent had the combination of right day/bottle to fly it yet. Soon though hopefully.  Al

Fats Flyer02/01/2008 21:39:00
477 forum posts
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Hi Al,

i love that plane,thats the trouble with a nice plane, you have to fly it and hope everything goes well.

i wish you well on the day.


Biff Barnes02/01/2008 23:52:00
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I'm 52. Mostly built, but never flew, my first plane when I was 11. I've been in and out of the hobby several times since. I've mostly built controliners, but am now doing free flight rubber models with several in various stages of construction.  Everything I've built so far is basic balsa frameworks with tissue, silkspan or plastic covering.
Jim Carss03/01/2008 10:19:00
2126 forum posts
81 photos

Hi guys

I'm 65 and been building from the age of 15,I started off with the Keil Kraft 3 shillings and eight pence scale models for rubber power (can anyone other than Peter Miller remember them) and the progressed to control line with a Skystreak 26 and an ED Bee.

I much prefer to build my own,keeps the little grey cells in order.

We had Dr Keith Mitchell from the LMA at one of our club meetings recently and one of his comments was that the average age of members present was around the 50 mark.

We need the young ones to get a grip to keep the hobby alive.

Happy new year to everyone


Tim Mackey03/01/2008 10:22:00
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57 later this year. Yes. but also like some ARTF and cheap foamies too

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