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Stuart Quinn-Harvie 122/03/2019 10:12:19
108 forum posts
81 photos

Morning all!

Having returned to the fold with three projects on the go ( Japp, Chilli Breeze and a Cardinal ) it occurs to me that I now dread different parts of the build to the ones I used to. Building wings - specifically cutting ribs) used to be my least favourite part of the build whereas now it's installing the radio. I have no idea why, it's not that hard, it's just fiddly.

What is it that forms the bump in your road to the finish, and why?

Do you have a pile of airframes all finished up to the point that you hate?

Don Fry22/03/2019 10:29:32
3822 forum posts
42 photos

Joining tailfeathers to fuselage, wings to fuselage, interplane and cabana struts. These have to be right, and the world will know if you haven't got it right.

Andrew Ray22/03/2019 12:13:16
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19 photos

Painting. I enjoy covering with either tissue (on sheeted surfaces), nylon or glass cloth and some models just cry out for a painted finish, I just don't like painting. It is well worth the effort when done and I am usually happy with the finish.

I love making wing ribs, particularly with a big tapered glider wing, sandwich the blanks together, carve and sand away and hey, a lovely set of tapered ribs. Therapeutic too.

leccyflyer22/03/2019 12:19:37
1235 forum posts
302 photos

Painting. Got lots of airframes finished to the point of getting the paint on there - tissue and doped, ready to go - but just aren't set up for painting models at the moment. Some have been at that point for several years.

Gary Manuel22/03/2019 12:25:44
1873 forum posts
1507 photos

Repairing after a crash!!!!

Hate it.

Doc Marten22/03/2019 12:32:46
365 forum posts
4 photos


I find them monotonous, tedious, dreary, repetitive (and every other synonym of boring I can think of), however I quite enjoy sheeting them and sanding it all to shape.

Doc Marten22/03/2019 12:35:14
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Posted by Gary Manuel on 22/03/2019 12:25:44:

Repairing after a crash!!!!

Hate it.

Nah, that gives you a second stab at putting right the things you wern't happy with in the first place (therer's a logic in there somewhere laugh)

Andy C22/03/2019 12:54:54
148 forum posts

Sanding. I don't have the patience, but also no suitable place to do it other than outside meaning i'm then weather dependant! Not so easy when the best time to build is winter!

Andy Meade22/03/2019 15:42:06
2596 forum posts
679 photos

After glassing : fill sand spray / fill sand spray / fill sand spray....zzzzZZzz

Bruce Collinson22/03/2019 20:07:40
384 forum posts

Mounting the engine. Getting it right without leaving the firewall like a colander, Thrust line central, exhaust at the right angle, throttle connection viable, does my head in.


PS I fully realise it’s just me.

i12fly22/03/2019 22:59:37
544 forum posts
21 photos

Sanding -for the same reasons as Andy C. Also my varifocals don't allow the really close up view needed to get a good finish. However I will not start a new project until the previous one is finished - so it leaves noticeable gaps in model building (can be 6 months.....)

Cuban823/03/2019 10:36:14
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13 photos

Sort problems out as you go during a build. Leaving them to the end or putting off fixing problems never usually works out well and often ends up with 'cat kicking' frustration (I have a cat, but I never kick him BTW).

Stuart Quinn-Harvie 123/03/2019 11:38:50
108 forum posts
81 photos

Bruce: It's NOT just you laugh

I LOVE sanding and carving to shape. ( Another thing I used to hate ) 

Edited By Stuart Quinn-Harvie 1 on 23/03/2019 11:39:38

Martyn K25/03/2019 09:37:30
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Posted by Andy Meade on 22/03/2019 15:42:06:

After glassing : fill sand spray / fill sand spray / fill sand spray....zzzzZZzz

That coz you have got it wrong Andy. It should be sand fill spray / sand fill spray / sand fill spray / zzzzZZzz

Nigel R25/03/2019 10:36:29
2977 forum posts
471 photos

Ribs. Loads of identical bits, all need to be accurate. Not the most interesting bit. Rest of wing build is ok. But I always try and get the wing done to nigh on complete first, before doing anything else.

Sorting pushrods and controls. Always seem to make lots of small mistakes when doing this. Should probably learn something from that.

Bob Cotsford26/03/2019 11:15:15
7926 forum posts
436 photos

Nah, ribs don't need to be accurate, that's what long sanding blocks are made for face 1. My pet hate of late is covering and finishing - all those nasty fiddly bits like trimming a canopy to a neat fit and getting it to stick on, finding somewhere accessible for the rx and it's battery(ies), tidying/hiding all the spaghetti and then finding that somehow the model is now tail heavy so you need brackets to attach half a yard of roof flashing up front inside a paper-thin ARTF cowl.

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