Thanks for the suggestion, but they are out of this kit. Anyone else know of
someone besides hobbybarn that sells marutaka kits. I am looking for their
1/5 scale f4u voight corsair which was orginally a royal product, but later
marketed by marutaka.
IIRC, there never was a 1/5 scale Marutaka kit. Royal imported the kits and
sold them under Royal's name. Hobbybarn picked up the line after Royal went
The Corsair had a 41ft. (40'-11") wingspan. A 1/5 scale machine comes in at a
98" wingspan. Royal never sold that size of a model, or certainly not back in
their hay-days when I owned a Hobby-Shop and handled all their kits plus built
I notice the 65" w/s P-51 now being tauted as 1/6 scale. Nay not so. P-51 was
37' span requiring a 74" w/s model for 1/6 scale.
If you find a Marutaka kit that you want, you better grab it as Marutaka has
gone the way of PICA. The ARFs have caused them to shut up shop.
Who besides hobbybarn sells marutaka kits. I am looking for their 1/5 scal
f4u voight corsair which was orginally a royal product, but later marketed
Guys, please don't see it as sad. It's a great hobby weather you just like
to fly, or put a kit together, or you want to bag your own slg, or cut your
own foam cores, or even scratch build a jenny. Not all pilots are mechanics
and not all mechanics are pilots. Be glad if you can do both but I wouldn't
look down on others in the hobby for not doing so.
I had one new ARF, and it was a foam wing so it couldn't have been much else
but an ARF. I've just finished a skeeter that the girls got me for my b-day
(hope to fly it today). It was fun to put together, but now I'd rather be
Perhaps the ARFers already realized that and can afford the luxury. Or they
simply don't have the time/patience/skill set/desire to glue a bunch of
balsa sticks together and cover it then sort out the guts.
Another possibility is that since I've built a few kits, I don't really see
much need for them anymore. I can't see needing much more than a 3-view and
some materials for replicating an existing plane. Kits just make it easier,
which ironically is what ARF's do.
I can't say where the percieved kit demand went, but businesses must adapt
or fold. I do believe there will always be kits, and the cheaper kits will
"teach" you more than the perfect kits if you are persistent.
Guys, thanks for the input. I am still looking for a giant wwII corsair
(F4U?) KIT. Sorry, but to me there is no pride or sense of accomplishment in
getting an ARF or kit sold as a partial ARF (foam wing) off the ground. I
guess that I am one of those "mechanics" that like to fly..... thanks for
the input, still looking......
That's what I was going to suggest! Get a set of plans and have one of the
kit cutters cut a kit for you. Partial or complete, take your pick. Of
course, then you'll have to decide things like which engine, retracts, etc!