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Old 11-07-2003, 11:33 AM   #1
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Just wondering how quick the average modeller can and will commit to completing a standard airplane kit? I will throw this out as a poll,

I recognize that if you build like me you go in spurts then leave it for a while. But if you really went at it.....

Here are some typical examples of the kits, how long start to finish?
40 sized cub - GP Cub 40
Somethin' extra
4 star

Do you spend more time framing up or covering?
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Old 11-07-2003, 01:16 PM   #2
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It will be interesting to see what people come up with here and, like you suggest, this is if I realy went at it.

Somethin' extra - built one on a Saturday and took 2 more days to install the radio and cover so, 3 days total.

CG Ultimate - Scratch built one (my fourth) in a week and took another 2 to install gear and cover.

CG Sukhoi - Same as Ultimate.

At this pace however I find that bulding becomes a job rather than a hobby. I wouldn't want ot do it all the time.
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Old 11-07-2003, 01:32 PM   #3
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On a bet a build a Fazer box to flight in 14 days. Actual time is normally about a month or so, real time is much longer.

2 weeks ago I built 2 4-star kits for the family; took about 3-4 days. Still have to cover them though.

Building spurts come and go with available time I guess
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Old 11-07-2003, 01:34 PM   #4
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I can frame-up a plane in a few hours, but it can take 1-20 weeks to cover it and install the gear. If I had someone doing the finishing for me, I could turn out 3 or 4 a week!

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Old 11-07-2003, 02:16 PM   #5
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Oh I'm real quick !!!

Been scratch building the Typhoon for 8 years.

On a kit, 3 or 4 weeks.

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Old 11-07-2003, 02:48 PM   #6
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I'm my own worst enemy when it comes to building. I do love to build but it, like most, comes in spirts. I'll stay hard at it for a couple or three days and then leave off for a week.

I do spend a lot of time with the covering. I feel you can build the best plane in the world but if you do a shabby covering job the whole thing looks like do do! Being so fussy it takes me a long time, but I'm usually very happy with the results.

I'm putting myself to the test this winter with three kits to build and two ARF's to assemble. Well as with the rest of us, time will tell all!
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Old 11-07-2003, 04:23 PM   #7
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Tough to say.

1st: I don't generally build "standard" kits (defined by the list)
2nd: I generally have 3-4 building boards occupied at any one time.
3rd: I probably spend more time detailing a plane than I do building/covering. Should this time be included?
4th: I also spend a lot of time researching the plane, determining what modifications are required to undo any non-scale compromises.

With all that said, including non-scale aircraft, I probably average a couple planes a year.

More time spent framing than covering if you ignore paint and markings.
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Old 11-07-2003, 04:42 PM   #8
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I love building but hate covering. I can usually frame up a standard kit, without deviating from plans or instructions in about a week, including beer breaks.
The covering usually takes me a bit longer though as I don't enjoy it as much as building.

My personal record was a scratch built Sig Wonder. Took me all of 19 hrs to cut the parts, build and cover it, install the gear and ready for flight. A close second would be one of the few Hots that I have scratch built. I think I did one of those in a couple of days.

I think it really depends on the model and why I am building it as to my motivation in getting it done.
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Old 11-07-2003, 05:28 PM   #9
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Kit bashing

I am terribly slow at building my planes and usually build one per year! My slowest record is 29 years and counting for my Liberty sport I took longer to build a Dan Santich designed P26A Peashooter than it took to design and build the real one!
That being said. I rarely crash and have too many planes to count. I will be re-building my second CG Ultimate this winter (crashed that one ) and will also have two H9 Edge 540s ready for the upcoming Northern Ontario IMAC Challenge!

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Old 11-07-2003, 05:57 PM   #10
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I have only built 3 kits so far. One was the LT-40 and that took me maybe 5 months, got it for christmas and flew it in the spring. Next was the estes astro-blaster, that one I built in distanced spurts, so probably 6 months . And my latest one, the GP extra 300 .40, I got the kit in september worked on it in spurts through out the winter and had it covered and painted for the mall show in February. I still had to install the radio gear though. As for building, I like doing it but I am just slow at it, even if I worked on a kit non stop, it still takes me a long time to do things. I think it only took me about a week to cover the extra, and if I do say so myself I think it looks pretty darn good. I enjoy covering when things turn out they way I planned. Being only 17 and filling up my dad's garage with airplanes (I tried to get him into the hobby, but failed) he doesnt want me building anymore. So Im just going to recover my supersportster this winter.
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