Fuelled by insatiable curiosity
When I started university back in 2006, I moved down to Christchurch and brought my parkfly aeroplanes with me. For some reason or another, I stopped building and flying them shortly after. After wrapping up my masters late in 2011, I became re-interested in RC aeroplanes. Having went through the hassle of building several aeroplanes from scatch, coupled with the fact that I am rather busy these days, I finally gave in and bought an ARF. The kit I bought was the Vision EP electric parkfly airplane, and below is a gallery of mine.
I believe there is a lot of merit in buying ARF's. Generally, the build quality is pretty good, and if you happen to get a poorly made one is probably built better than you could make (under time constraints). Moreover, with the cost of today's ARF's, I doubt it is even possible to buy the materials to build an equivalent model. The Vision EP plane I bought from HobbyKing is nicely made. Yes it is a bit heavier than my usual models of this size, but that is because it has been designed to be more durable (athough, once an aeroplane crashes to the ground at speed, its trash anyway).
The Vision EP ARF is well made, and does come with an instruction manual. However, they leave it up to you to decide on how to install your electronics (excluding the spaces provided for the servos and the motor mount). The gallery below shows images how I decided to install my gear in it. Although I could have made something simpler and lighter for mouting the battery, I decided to implement something that allowed easy relocation. I planned on instrumenting the aeroplane with custom electronics and sensors, so it was beneficial to be able to counter-balance the weight of these by moving the battery about.