Monday, December 15, 2014
Why Do I Keep Buying and Building Kits?
After all, I usually end up replacing many kit parts:
Replace the rubber shock cord with
a longer length of elastic $ 0.35
Add Kevlar: 0.50
Replace the screw eye: 0.10
Replace weak shroud lines 0.10
Some kits, replace the engine hook 0.50
Replace BT-20 and 50 tubes 1.00
Replace laser cut Tung wood fins 1.50
TOTAL for replacement parts $4.05
And after all the recent frustration with grain filling the Tung wood supplied in kits
I'm now leaning toward buying some stiff balsa or basswood and cut out new fins.
I have a lot of kits still sealed in the bag.
When those are built, I'll probably buy only nose cones, body tubes and launch lugs.
I have plenty of parachutes and could cut my own centering rings.
All instructions and fin templates are online for almost every kit ever produced!
Why do we buy kits? Price - Some sales are just too good to pass up!
Convenience - Someone has already done the bulk of the work for you. The "balsa" has been pre-cut and all the parts are in the bag, ready to assemble.
Don't get me wrong, today's kit parts are usually better than they were in the 1960s and 70s. But I like my models upgraded and a bit stronger.