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Old 11-08-2003, 08:21 AM   #11
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Took me 40 hours to initially build my Skyward 40 (it's been rebuilt/repaired several times ). My third kit was the Unionville 6' Otter-2 years. The fourth -Something Extra, probably about 40-50 hours.

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Old 11-08-2003, 10:23 PM   #12
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How long to build a standard kit?

I can have a giant scale framed up in three to four weeks, covering, well we all know how long that can take. I will spend 1hr in the morning before I go to work and two when I get home, this seem to work. as I now have three plane on the go, 114in scratch build P38, top flight giant P47 and the top flight DC3.

Finished and ready to fly, whats it now, November, I should have them done by March
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Old 11-08-2003, 11:10 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by ronm
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!


Ron --> Ditto!

I build fast. But I leave them in the bones for weeks, months, before I get to covering. I love building. The covering is a chore for me.
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Old 11-09-2003, 11:15 AM   #14
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Building and covering fast is not the point (imho).

I take plenty of time to enjoy the job and probably spend as much time admiring an assembly before covering it.

As long as you have several aircraft ready to fly, there is no real time constraint (other than preparing for a contest which is always a race ), there is no reason to rush the job. Enjoy it for what it is, my tao.

I've often intentionally slow work on a project, knowing I have to sell other aircraft to make room once the current project is complete ... a sad situation I find myself in about every other year.

Still, it's nice to see my old Tigermoth, Aeromaster, Skybolt, etc. show up occasionally at fly-ins.
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Old 11-09-2003, 05:43 PM   #15
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That depends on my mood
l tend to build in spurts, l'll build constantly
for several days and don't want to go anywhere
and when l do can't wait to get home and right back
at it. Then l suddenly will walk away for a few days or
even longer till l'm in the mood again
Sounds crazy but it works for me and l think it helps
me stay in the hobby and not get stale
l do have one rule, if l CA my fingers together more
than twice in one day, it's time to watch TV.
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Old 01-01-2004, 03:36 PM   #16
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Going on 2 years for my 6' Unionville Otter. Mainly due to having to save up for the radio - 1 year, and now the engine.
Its a case of do what I can, then put cash away every pay for the model fund. then buy the next bundle of stuff, build, then start saving again.

I wonder if I could put it on the stock market and raise capital for it?
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Old 01-06-2004, 02:38 PM   #17
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Not counting Trainers but something big and scale?? Two plus years and still not ready to cover.
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Old 01-07-2004, 12:15 AM   #18
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"Standard kit" can have different meaning to different people.

Last year I built a Great Planes Cub .40 (a fairly "standard kit" to my way of thinking) and out of curiosity I logged every hour I spent on it, from opening the kit box to having the plane balanced, checked, and ready for maiden flight. Hours spent: 115 hrs 45 minutes. Time elapsed: 5 months. I sometimes can only spend 1 hour or so a week due to other time pressures. Also, I like to take my time when I do get a chance to build. Building is good for the soul....I love it!
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Old 01-07-2004, 06:57 AM   #19
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Took me all winter to build my trainer (Aero-Star), but I only build on weekend afternoons. I live in an apartment, and try to be considerate and not build in the evenings. I have to use the shop-vac often to clean up balsa dust in the walk-in closet I use as shop, and the walls are rather thin.
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Old 01-07-2004, 08:19 AM   #20
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I will find out soon. I started a sig somthin extra last night. I take my time in my spare time with no rush. I am keeping track of what time I spend on it. It is a very nice looking laser cut kit.
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