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RBC kits (real builder's kits!)
« on: September 14, 2018, 11:58:32 AM »
For people who like proper balsa-bashing - as you may know RBC is a dutch company that produce CNC-routed wooden kits with vac-formed plastic parts for a wide range of models, mostly scale but some sports and a lot of EDF. They used to be carried by Puffin and SMC, but most UK model distributors seem to be shying away from builder's kits because that's the way the hobby is going (sadly).

But earlier this week I discovered by accident that RBC's own webshop is offers free shipping on orders over 99.90 (ie on almost all their kits). So on monday I ordered a replacement for my Halair Mig29*. It arrived in thursday, so I'll be clearing the workbench to make some shavings in the near future. And yes, I've checked and confirmed it doesn't have the mis-machined part that I suffered in the original one.

So if you fancy getting back to some PROPER building then it could be worth a look. I will admit that I'm seriously tempted by their 60" Hawker Tempest, never mind the 45" Hawker Hunder for 90mmEDF (drooling emoticon)...

So come on, chaps - let's put on our finest building trousers and make with the woodwork!!

I have no connection with RBC - I just thought I'd pass this on in case others were interested.

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Re: RBC kits (real builder's kits!)
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2018, 12:36:30 PM »
There are some interesting prototypes there Peter, I like the look of the Lippisch Storch IXB for pottering about. 
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Re: RBC kits (real builder's kits!)
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2018, 13:04:53 PM »
Yes some nice gear, a shame the Spitfire is only 1.50m I was looking for one for a DLE 20cc for my winter built, as I am sure that my RCGF 20cc powered BF 109 won't make Christmas,,  :''
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Re: RBC kits (real builder's kits!)
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2018, 15:20:04 PM »
I know it's a kit Pete, but can you do a build log with photos please?
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Re: RBC kits (real builder's kits!)
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2018, 15:55:34 PM »
As and when I get around to it, yes. But it will be a while yet...

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Re: RBC kits (real builder's kits!)
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2018, 17:43:48 PM »
I hope your building skills are better than your joinery skills then!  :''
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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2018, 19:01:47 PM »
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Re: RBC kits (real builder's kits!)
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2018, 15:51:23 PM »
Well it seems to be my turn for the good deals. I ordered a spare housing for my WeMoTec minifan EDF unit to go with this kit so that I could just take the motor & rotor from the model they're currently in rather than butchering it completely to extract the complete (glued-in) unit. I ordered it directly from WeMoTec in Germany for the reasonable sum of 13.90 plus the understandable sum of 6.00 for registered post. It was shipped after 3 days* and arrived here a couple of days after that.

But when I opened the box I found the new housing was accompanied by a new intake-lip ring (which should cost 3) and a new 9-bladed "evo-spec" rotor (which should cost 13 and is allegedly bot queter and more efficient than my original 5-blade one). I've emailed to ask if this was an error, but haven't had a reply yet.

Quite happy...

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* not too bad when you consider that this company is actually an industrial plastic moulding firm which produces the WeMoTek stuff as a sort of hobby side-line
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Re: RBC kits (real builder's kits!)
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2018, 18:51:27 PM »
European service, just you wait and see when Brexit is sorted ( will it ever be ? ) :nananana:
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