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Which part of building a new traditional balsa model plane do you enjoy the most?

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Q: Which part of building a new traditional balsa aeroplane do you enjoy the most?

 Research & choosing the model
 Building the fuselage
 Installing the engine and radio systems
 Building the flying surfaces
 All of it!
 None of it. I'd rather someone else did it!

Beth Ashby Moderator30/08/2018 17:39:07
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Thanks to Kevin for this new poll idea.

Which part of building do you enjoy the most? Discuss below!

Phil 930/08/2018 18:14:21
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best part is the maiden laugh

Kevin Fairgrieve30/08/2018 18:16:22
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All of it.

Some bits more than others but I do like to research, build and fly.

AndyD30/08/2018 18:29:30
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definitely not wings,that said im just finishing off my 1/4 scale pup but it did get postponed for a while because of the wings.

Tom Sharp 230/08/2018 18:32:38
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As I voted, let some one else do it.

Kevin 21630/08/2018 18:59:32
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Difficult to chose one as I enjoy most of those activities listed - with the exception of covering!

Levanter30/08/2018 19:21:00
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Starting a project.

I have become really good at it. Not so good at completing on the other hand.

Over the last few years I have bought quite a few job lots - some unseen that turned out well including some things that I have still not identified. I see a plan I like, or sift through some kits and really enjoy collecting all the parts needed to finish the model and boxing them up ready to use.

To illustrate, these are the models in progress.

Precedent Lo Boy
Sophisticated Lady
Dawn Flyer
Grumpy Tigercub
Sonata E
West Wings Fournier
Flair Cap 230
Isabella (recent mag plan)
Veron Super Robot
West Wings Skylark
Couple of boats thrown in for good measure

My wish list is at least twice as long with many Peter Miller designs featuring highly.

I like covering because it means that at last I have got something close to finished but of all the stages, this is one that makes me the most nervous. For instance, shall I try one more cut before changing the razor blade? and many more.

Voted other


kc30/08/2018 19:22:20
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Starting a new model is the exciting bit.

Bob Cotsford30/08/2018 20:08:08
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The covering stage is enough to put me right off self-builds lately though I do still enjoy the rush of enthusiasm that comes from starting a new project. Finishing it - not so much.

McG 696930/08/2018 20:39:37
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If I may add a comment here.

There are so many different 'parts' involved to finally get a model together, that making a 'single' choice can be quite difficult to many of us.

Hence, why not having this kind of poll with a 'multiple-choice' allowance ???

Simples & more efficient, me thinks.



Martin McIntosh30/08/2018 20:48:04
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Bob, I find covering the easy bit. Film, glassing, tissue etc which I am willing to do but at a price--------!

Geoff Sleath30/08/2018 20:51:07
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Posted by Phil 9 on 30/08/2018 18:14:21:

best part is the maiden laugh

That's the worst part. It's the second flight that's the best - provided it follows the first in short order without extensive rebuild.

I like building the fuselage best because I'm usually having to adapt it to electric power from liquid fuel which involves a bit of thought and design. I find wings a bit stressful because they are so critical to a successful outcome and they are all very similar. A bit odd, really because I like bi-planes.


Peter Miller30/08/2018 21:06:11
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All of it when I think about it, although I did not really enjoy applying almost 80 capstrips to the wings of my MAK 15 MP.

One thing that I have learned over the years. ONLY WORK ON ONE MODEL UNTIL IT IS FINISHED or they will NEVER be completed.

Frank Skilbeck30/08/2018 21:07:21
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Covering and painting is the bit I like the least, maybe we should have another poll on what you like the least wink

Edited By Frank Skilbeck on 30/08/2018 21:07:52

David Davis30/08/2018 21:54:56
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I have voted for the fuselage because I have always started with the fuselage then the wings, then the tailsurfaces. The tailplanes do not take very long and when I get to that stage I know that I do not have long to go until I have finished the basic construction.

I enjoy covering too, covering up my mistakes! I hate painting because I cannot paint accurately enough to decorate a model properly.

Percy Verance30/08/2018 22:01:12
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I prefer building the fuselage too, because fuselages are often what characterises the model and makes it what it is. I usually see the wings as incidental, although they must of course be built accurately, as must the tail components.

The most time consuming part (or does it just seem that way?) is the fiddly fitting out part. Installing pushrods/snakes, control horns, servo trays etc.......

Nigel R30/08/2018 22:28:25
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All of it. Some bits more than others just as Kevin f says.

I'm with Mr Miller on the multiple projects. Get the current one done before starting the next!
Martin McIntosh30/08/2018 22:37:20
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I find it best to get the boring wings out of the way first. You will need them anyway to get the fuselage wing seat just right and to check the alignment and incidences.

Geoff Sleath30/08/2018 23:27:35
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Me too, Martin. It's like saving the best bit of a meal 'til last and eating the stuff you like least (but is good for you) last Get the wings done then it's all lovely.


Tim Hooper30/08/2018 23:34:37
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Posted by Peter Miller on 30/08/2018 21:06:11:


Concur on that, Pete!

My favourite stage is the mental scheming, planning and plotting. The actual build is nearly incidental!

Worst stage? The endless fannying about getting all the details sorted. takes far longer than it should.


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