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Old 12-30-2008, 09:33 PM   #1
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How many are buying >>en masse<< now that the price is 4 or 5 times the cost they were >>6 months ago. >>> Small Exaggeration<<<

I can for_see a rough new year for Hangar Nine and the likes.

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Have you check out there price are lower then enybody else.
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The price of ARF's is still a heck of a lot less than you could build a kit for to the same level of finish. ARF's are cheaper today still than they were 15 years ago too.
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:05 AM   #4
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I agree with Popcan. Even though they are cheaper than some years ago, we were spoiled big time in the last year. I suspect you will see a few companies close or change hands in the coming year. I still enjoy the build, but find I just don't have as much time to commit to building or flying for that matter.

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Old 12-31-2008, 01:34 AM   #5
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I would rather buy an ARF at a "higher" price than build a kit! I know what my time is worth these days!
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Re: Cost of Arfs

There have been a couple of comments made that ARF's are cheaper than kits in terms of dollars and time. Both statements are 100% true in my opinion.

I think that a great advantage with ARF's (which justifies paying a premium price for them) is that you can wreck your plane today and have a brand new plane flying in a week or less depending on availability and how motivated you are. Faced with a situation like this, I think that most flyers would be happy to pay a higher price just to get back in the air asap.
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Old 12-31-2008, 06:06 AM   #7
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I have to agree with everybody here.

The price of ARFs has gone up recently.
The quality of ARFs has gone up recently.
ARFs allow busy people to get back into the air quickly.

The cost of building a kit is more that the price of an ARF.

Building is a passion that cannot/should not be measured in dollars. It is done for the pride in craftsmanship and love of the hobby.

ARFs and Kits can fly at the same field - but they are not is the same category.

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Old 12-31-2008, 07:43 AM   #8
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I'm with bbbair. The building is half the fun and for me a great stress reliever. Maybe more expensive in the long run, but it provides me with alot more enjoyment out of the airplane. And, with the winters we have, it certainly gives you something to do when you can't fly and all your ARF's don't need fixing!
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bbbair hit the nail right on the head! I have ARF's, kit built planes,Coro combat planes, kit-bashed planes and planes that started as an idea and a blank roll of paper, draw the plans, and build the plane. Arf's look and fly great, as do the rest of my planes (well the cro's can be a "bit off") but the pride in the plane is directly proportional to the time and effort that went into building it.

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Re: Cost of Arfs

And I also agree with BBBAIR. Building planes is my hobby. Sure I have 2-3 ARFs as some of the designs are rather neat (who didn't have a Twist at one time ) but the stress fix from spending a few hours in the shop working on a plane kit or plan are what I enjoy. It's certainly helped with my patience.

My time is valuable so I want to spend it where I enjoy. I have absolutely nothing against ARFs, I just like to build. I laugh at the threads where it's kits vs. ARFs as there is really no need, just 2 different aspects (building and flying) of a great hobby. It go on to compare scale vs sport vs unique designs.

I have a number of kits and plans at home, just patiently waiting their turn. I'll never be the world's fastest builder but nothing, for me, beats seeing something that was a hunk of wood, take off and fly.

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