Two of the clubs I am associated with are going to have a Winter Build Challenge.
Maybe the club you are a member of, or just a group of flying friends, could set up your own build challenge for this winter.
These are the rules we are going to go by.
2016/2017 Winter Build Challenge.
Welcome to the Winter Build Challenge. The idea of the challenge is to encourage people to build model aircraft. You will not be judged on your building skills. That is not what the challenge is about. The point of this challenge is to encourage people to build, and to create a platform to help each other out with tips and techniques.
We will have a maiden flight fly-in. The aircraft must take off, make at least one lap and land. If you are not comfortable flying your plane, you can have someone else fly it for you. At that time successful entrants names will be placed in a hat. A name will be drawn to win a kit, (more prizes have been added, and will continue to grow).
Here are the build challenge rules! Remember to post your picture IN THIS GROUP!!!
Here are the rules:
1. Must be a new build from a balsa kit. No repairs jobs of previously flown aircraft.
2. Must post at least one pic of the build here on this Google Group, and must be a current picture.
3. No ARF’s or Foamies.
4. Previously started kits ok, but must be less than 50% completed/not covered when picture is posted.
5. Can be any size or type of kit (lock/tab, die cut, scratch built)
6. Can be glow, gas or electric
7. Open to any AMA club member
8. Must be completed prior to AND flown at maiden party
We have been fortunate enough to have companies support us with our events in the past. And once again, two great companies have stepped up to support this event
Actually, this isn't a challenge to build something to fly in the winter, regardless of the name.
The Maiden Day Fly In, is on June 10th, so some people can get the plane finished.
If I don't get wrapped up in some other project at night, I may have 2-3 planes built by then. We don't get enough snow around here anymore to plan a Snow Fly, last time that would have worked was in 1985.
Main thing is, there are many modelers today that have never built a model. They just buy the newest ARF and go fly it. Some don't even save the pieces after a crash, just get another one.
For me building the plane is therapeutic. I worked on or ran construction jobs all my life. I needed my quiet time building a model, to settle my mind.
I know what you mean ... having grown up from the time when you had to build - it saddens me to see todays flyers all with same decked out models.
We have 3 Hummers, incl mine in club ... 3 Skippers incl mine ... etc. etc. - all the same !
Even if you go upmarket to EF or PA ... same b***y cosmetics ....
My point is that Individual models are a thing of rarity today. I take great pride in being able to present something different on the field.
I'm kicking myself for selling a bunch of my kits. Im Zlin, GolderbergSuper Chipmunk, & Cub, p40 Warhawk.
I still have a few left Great Planes Electro Streak, Ace All Star Bipe, 2 Sig Hummers.
Building was always half the fun, for me anyway.
Does it have to be from a balsa kit? What about from plans or an original balsa design?
That would be totally great.
I think that a plane built from plans is really good.
And a new design is even better.
The idea is simply no ARF or Foamies, we want people to build the plane.
Balsa is what this hobby was built on, there are now sidelines of molded foam and sheet foam. The first ARF planes I ever saw were from Lanier Models, they flew but were heavy and hard to repair so I was told. Never had one, never figured I would go to an ARF, but yes I have several now. Sometimes they can do things in a factory that would be very difficult at home.