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NEW POLL - Has home isolation prompted you to start trad' building?

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Q: The effects of Coronavirus

 Yes - for the first time
 Yes - but Ive bashed balsa before
 No - Ive existing projects on the bench
 No - Im strictly an ARTF person

David Ashby - Moderator30/03/2020 09:47:40
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At a user suggestion, are you using the time to get a project underway? 

Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 30/03/2020 09:53:29

David Hall 930/03/2020 10:00:17
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For me, a trad, vintage build using anything I can utilise... ply, foam sheet, printed plastic parts, CF, even some balsa....

A vintage flyer, Hep Cat. (downloaded plan).


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Richard Acland30/03/2020 10:36:23
131 forum posts
70 photos

Ideal opportunity for building. Just started on a Stolp Starlet plan that I have had for some time. I spend the mornings doing jobs around the house and garden that I have been meaning to do for some time. Then after lunch get on to the workbench for some building. Supplies are no problem as mail order is available from most shops. Hopefully this routine will help the next three nonths fly by.

malmaz30/03/2020 10:59:12
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For me, just finishing off a plan built Curare, ordered a PB Models Tornado from Cloud Models.angel

Nigel R30/03/2020 11:09:46
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No - existing builder...

Already had my Aeromaster copy started, although prior to C19 arriving I had only cut out the wing ribs. As I'm working from home, and my offspring are now at school at home, I'm not sure this means any extra time at the workbench!

Bob Cotsford30/03/2020 11:20:21
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I have started a new project to pass the next 11 weeks - a JP Panic. Who knew they are made in Pakistan? Cutting quality seems good at first glance and the various laser cut braces are fitting well so far.

As it's going to be electrically powered will it be a 'Mean Green Panic Machine'? I have green film, nearer the time I'll have to see about getting some vinyl lettering cut laugh

I have various kits stashed 'for a rainy day'. Well, I guess the forecast is pretty dull for a few months, I suppose that's close enough. What next - Panther 'gyro, Mercury Galahad, Peter Russell 362, Seagull P47 ARTF?

It's not like I already have three or four models awaiting a maiden flight!

Stuphedd30/03/2020 11:54:11
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there ought to be another bullet in the survey or two

Who finishing off what they started previously !

so far I have dug out and working on a 1/4 Stampe started at least 10 years ago and just about finished a Moth kit dated 1983 ??

who is repairing all those "damaged" airframes ,??


gangster30/03/2020 12:03:25
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No must not start anything new. I have got a Flair SE5 that has been on the go since 2015 about ready for coveringA lighting pattern ship project that has been on the go for 3 years a Zulu that is 90% done but is driving me crazy cos I cannot get the front screen right. A very old and tired Mick Reeves spit 63 that needs a refurb. An old faithful hack that could do with some tic. (Very little paint left on the fus and I have recently acquired an old fus and wings for an artf chipmunk that needs repair and tail feathers making. Spending time in garden at the moment though.

Robin Colbourne30/03/2020 12:10:04
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I agree there should be another category:

"Got lots of projects that need repairing or finishing, but this extended lockdown has inspired me to start something new."

Cuban830/03/2020 12:11:00
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Having broken my usual rule of 'only one project at a time' I've allowed myself to rack up three quite lengthy builds that for one reason or another have stalled.

The closest to completion is the Revolver Autogyro that just needs a few final settings to be made before a mate who his expert with these devices will test fly it for me. Next is the 1/3 scale Turbulent from a President kit that I need to make my mind up over an engine. Third, is the one on the bench and being worked on now is the Denis Bryant Chippy plan that has been a right headache, but have got the main bulk of construction complete and awaits covering,detailing and choice of engine.

Paul Marsh30/03/2020 12:19:07
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I've built enough over winter, though some were ARTF's but did built 4 kit/plan models, though now have 32 new aircraft waiting to test fly...

Stuart C30/03/2020 12:25:36
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Finished the design, but can't source the balsa. Not allowed out except for food, and there's none of that about. Selecting the balsa can take ages for me, checking the thickness - no tapers - knots in the right places - hold up to the light to check grain consistency - not warped - desired weight. If it doesn't meet these criteria and more, then back on the shelf. Can't check these parameters with online shopping, but if I over-order by some huge factor, there might just be something suitable plonked on the doorstep (hopefully my doorstep). These are tough times.

Rob Fairweather 130/03/2020 12:33:29
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Yes indeed.

DW models Astro Junior, been at it a week and just about done, 4 Max supplied 

Flair Magnatilla, to be built British and from plan . Balsa etc from SLEC. ( and like Stuart above. . . .over ordered) 

Flair Harvard, newly won on eBay .

Thay are on the list so far, maybe time to order a nice electric pup from D B Sport and Scale .

ive also got the plans for a huge Handley Page Victor for PSS

and a DH Hornet, as well as a few others ! More due to my retirement than the Kung Flu. 


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Chris Walby30/03/2020 13:46:57
1321 forum posts
332 photos

Still building my Focke twin and amazed at how much time it takes to do quite simple parts.

Still have to finish:

  • TN DC3 - electric
  • Repair of an electric twin Mr Dumb thumbs broke
  • Repair TN twin that suffered an electrical failure
  • Repair a FF ME109 that suffered an electrical failure and lawn darted


  • Slim Twin
  • GTC build with another club mate
  • Tiger Moth
  • Hurricane

Rob....a DH Hornet you spill the beans....I have looked but not found much recent in the way of plans

Rob Ashley30/03/2020 14:15:45
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Posted by Robin Colbourne on 30/03/2020 12:10:04:

I agree there should be another category:

"Got lots of projects that need repairing or finishing, but this extended lockdown has inspired me to start something new."


In the same boat Robin

Peter Miller30/03/2020 14:17:39
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Just starting ANOTHER new design

Rob Fairweather 130/03/2020 14:17:40
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Not much to spill Chris, Gordon Whitehead's 2x20 powered little one from eons ago . I seem to remember it's a RM magazine build article, I've had the plan and article for a long time.

Kevin Wilson30/03/2020 20:45:37
397 forum posts
13 photos

I'm working from home but never been so busy.

I work for a TV/internet/mobile provider. It is a huge challenge just keeping staff available.

Looking forward to this current situation to be over so I have spare brain cells to think about modelling .

Chris Bates30/03/2020 21:16:08
51 forum posts
144 photos

My latest project 151" Keil Kraft Falcon.

chris kk falcon 151.jpg

Dave Cunnington30/03/2020 21:43:05
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For me, not flying = no crashes + more time to rebuild the already rebuilt and crashed models

Now running out of rebuilds to rebuild again, I might have to start something an    

un-started Queen Bee kit which is calling to me

My "Dreamer" build has stalled whilst I think more about the canopy and cowling areas

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