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

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

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Beth Ashby Moderator12/10/2017 15:16:23
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Thanks to the suggestion by Peter Gain, we have a new poll. We want to know how your flying/building has graduated?

Did you start with ARTF and then graduate to building from kits or building from plans, both or neither.

Discuss below!

Jeff Mills12/10/2017 15:24:26
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I started building from kits and plans and now gone mostly ARTF there is no option for this.

Stuphedd12/10/2017 15:27:42
655 forum posts
351 photos

I mainly design and build my own !! again we need another option !


Jon - Laser Engines12/10/2017 15:27:50
4794 forum posts
179 photos

There were no ARTF (at least none i could afford) when i started so i had to build. Now i usually fly ARTF sport models and build all my scale stuff.

Rick Tee12/10/2017 15:29:49
297 forum posts
20 photos

Similar to Jeff, there were no artf's when I started so built from kits, graduated to plans. Now I do have some artf's but still build from plans.

ken anderson.12/10/2017 15:32:02
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1960's for me.......the nearest thing to artf was a 1/6p(7p) bundle of sticks(balsa)from the local DIY shop in the town centre...and an old razor blade+tube of balsa cement ... 

PS...... I haven't voted as you need a category....started with plans then went on to kits and  ARTF..... 

ken happy days dept.


Edited By ken anderson. on 12/10/2017 15:49:10

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator12/10/2017 15:32:15
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What about those that started with Kits/Plans and moved to ARTF, at least as part of the mix? Mmmm?


Philflyer12/10/2017 15:32:19
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I dont fit any of the voting options. Started with kits then a couple of veneered foam wing kits (almost ARTF) then mostly plans with a couple of modern ARTFs along the way. I bet there are a lot of others like me too. Can we have an option that just says "Started with kits then on to everything else"?

Gary Manuel12/10/2017 15:46:44
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Started with kits and moved on to ARTF's but still do a bit of building when the fancy take me - missing from the voting options.

Geoff Sleath12/10/2017 15:53:16
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Posted by Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 12/10/2017 15:32:15:

What about those that started with Kits/Plans and moved to ARTF, at least as part of the mix? Mmmm?


Me too. I started in the early 90s when I had to give up sailing because of injury. I built a Precedent Electrafly after I tried full-size gliding on a week's course at Camp Hill in Derbyshire. Then built a power trainer and started to learn to fly RC - I'm still learning to fly, buying the odd foamie and building from kits and plans.


Don Fry12/10/2017 16:04:36
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Sorry, can't vote, like all the other elderly moaners, no catagory.

Andrew76712/10/2017 16:31:09
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Another one that can't vote because there is no option for me. Beth, can't we have an option for started with kits or plans as that would cover many who can't vote now?


Mowerman12/10/2017 16:43:40
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105 photos

I'm with those who started with kits and plans. A couple of ARTF I had were not a great success !

Tomtom3912/10/2017 16:44:34
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Same here Beth . Mine would be started with plans, built kits before moving to ARTF

Frank Skilbeck12/10/2017 16:52:34
4449 forum posts
101 photos

Yep, you need another option

" I'm so old that I had to build from kits" wink

BTW I now do all 3, ARTF, Kits and Plans.

John Muir12/10/2017 16:55:05
372 forum posts
1 photos

I'm another who started in the pre-ARTF era and now do a bit of everything, so can't answer.

Bob Cotsford12/10/2017 17:05:28
7972 forum posts
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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!

Geoff Jackson12/10/2017 17:15:43
160 forum posts
3 photos

Yep, need another category! Like many I was building longbefore ARTF. Do all now, kits, plans and ARTF.

Brian Cooper12/10/2017 17:17:12
444 forum posts
20 photos

I started with kits in the era before ARTFs were invented. . Then moved on to building from plans . . Then to designing my own aeroplanes . . Then dabbled with ARTFs. . . and now drift from one to the other.

We need more options on the list.


Edited By Brian Cooper on 12/10/2017 17:17:49

David Holland 212/10/2017 17:20:18
189 forum posts
25 photos

ARTF's hadn't been invented way back then. Started with kits, then plans. Nowadays a bit of everything, kits, own designs, artfs, foamies, you name it. On a bit of a building splurg at the moment, and loving it. Anyway, I'm with the other old folks in that there is no category that I can vote in.


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