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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 10:02 pm
PostPost subject: RTF Helicopters, Are They Really "Ready To Fly"?
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daoldman
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 6:06 pm
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Gee, admin, were you eavesdropping the other day?

Me and the owner of the local hobby place were just having this exact discussion. He wishes the manufacturers would clarify what RTF really means. Your article is a slam dunk, and should be a "read this before you do anything" piece.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:35 am
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ou c'est RTF et ATF,c'est totalement différent ,RTF - ready to fly, et ATF - Almost to fly. Very Happy Smile Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:03 am
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Well, the joke went like this:

"RTF means the thing in the box is ready, but are you ready?"

That was his and mine point: You, too, must be ready to fly, otherwise....BOOM!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:21 am
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RTF means Ready To Fix - nothing to do with flight at all!

They all need a real good professional set-up.

Tom.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:56 am
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+1 on that Tom.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:56 pm
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Owch! Painfully correct, sirs. But imagine the label?

"Okay, we've done about 94 percent of the work, the rest is yours. Later!"

Uh-huh.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:58 pm
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daoldman wrote:
Owch! Painfully correct, sirs. But imagine the label?

"Okay, we've done about 94 percent of the work, the rest is yours. Later!"

Uh-huh.


That's why most of us finish up building our craft. You know it from back to front and inside out and any problems are all yours. Even the 'prebuilt' heads & tails have to be stripped lubed & loctited. The rule is prepare it like you were going to fly in it and check for quirks close to the ground. After that keep at least 2 mistakes high.

Tom.
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