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Old 11-30-2012, 04:35 PM   #15
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Raz, I see you're stilling dreaming about that boyhood SuperHet.
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Ah, Heathkit brings back many memories including a time in electronics school when I set about trying to repair some of the failed kit projects that folks had donated to the school. What a mess! I suspect that the concept of "kit" trailers had the same basic problems--people starting a project for which they lacked the skill and gumption to finish. But in the case of a trailer, and after hours of work and thousands of dollars, they probably all wanted to sue the trailer company rather than admit their own shortcomings. Selling a trailer kit probably resulted in far too much grief for the company.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:58 PM   #16
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Ah yes, Heathkit. A company that sold a colour TV that cost more then the store would sell one, and required hundreds of hours to assemble, then trouble shoot. An oscilloscope was recommended.
I never did see the point. Maybe I was too young. I got every catalogue though.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:27 PM   #17
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Ah yes, Heathkit. A company that sold a colour TV that cost more then the store would sell one, and required hundreds of hours to assemble, then trouble shoot. An oscilloscope was recommended. .
Ah, well for some of us that bought the oscilloscope kit never got around to trying the TV kit. Not a bad oscilloscope though, gave years of service.

Kits, bought mostly by dreamers thinking that because the kit only costs a fraction of the finished product they'll really come out ahead. Don't ask me how I know I've bought two "empty" fiberglass shells of sailboats and finished them myself and managed to make the cost more than the factory finished ones In my defense though, I did use much higher end materials and equipment than the factory.

Also, times are changing, home renos might be still popular but I think the DIY project building has somewhat diminished.

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Old 11-30-2012, 07:50 PM   #18
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Also, times are changing, home renos might be still popular but I think the DIY project building has somewhat diminished.

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I think that I lost interest in kits about Post #9 when I read the details of the guy who bought the Burro kit.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:20 PM   #19
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The old Popular Mechanics kit projects appealed to the generation which lived thru the Depression. Popular Mechanics Encyclopedia and Boy Mechanic books were the rage but I thnk a lot of that sense of make do, homemade and diditm'self has got a bit thin on the ground.

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Old 11-30-2012, 09:22 PM   #20
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Ah yes, Heathkit. A company that sold a colour TV that cost more then the store would sell one, and required hundreds of hours to assemble, then trouble shoot. An oscilloscope was recommended.
I never did see the point. Maybe I was too young. I got every catalogue though.
But it came with its own test pattern generator built in "such a deal". I did learn how to degauss, adjust the color and align the guns which was a somewhat useful skill for a couple of later TV's. I suppose I will just file it back with other useful but no longer needed skills, like adjusting Points and setting the timing and replacing exhaust systems, making calculations using logarithms, using a planimeter to calculate cut and fill on earth moving designs and running a blueprint machine. If I live long enough, One of these days I may be an expert in these archaic skills.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:57 PM   #21
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I was looking at the defunct Burro site and was surprised to see that they offered a kit version for a $1000 savings. I've heard that other FG manufacturers have from time to time also offers kits. Given that it seems like it would be an inexpensive option to offer a kit, what killed it? Low take rate, liability or warranty issues?
The kit components are the "meat and potatoes" of fiberglass trailer production, finishing them is just the gravy. I inquired at Scamp recently about buying an unfinished trailer and the cost is too close to a finished trailer to make it a practical purchase.
Here is a Scamp photo of their kit offering from circa 1978....
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:59 PM   #22
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Well it does give you the oppurtunity to customize it to the layout you want... Nor'sea 27 is availible in kit stages and I would love to build one oneday
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Smile The modern day kit

Kits are somewhat like computers. By the time you learn how to use it, it's obsolete!
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:11 AM   #24
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Nostalgia ain't what it used to be--no it ain't.

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Old 12-01-2012, 05:27 AM   #25
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Raz, I see you're stilling dreaming about that boyhood SuperHet.

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This one was built in the early '80s. We use it every day. Heath kits were fun to build, well designed, very serviceable, and made in the USA. Unbuilt kits often show up on eBay and command high prices. No trailer kits but I believe they had a helicopter kit at one time. Raz
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:40 AM   #26
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LOL! I'd say those are a couple of pretty good lookin "comfortable" kids/dogs you got there.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:58 PM   #27
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The funny thing about this discussion is:

There are TONS of trailer "kits" out there, and many of us have "assembled" them.

They're called "used trailers", and as every single one of us knows, they're nothing but a good start 'til we get done not just assembling, but perfecting them!

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Old 12-01-2012, 06:25 PM   #28
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The old Popular Mechanics kit projects appealed to the generation which lived thru the Depression. Popular Mechanics Encyclopedia and Boy Mechanic books were the rage but I thnk a lot of that sense of make do, homemade and diditm'self has got a bit thin on the ground.

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Also appealed to their offspring who grew up seeing Dad fixing and building things. Poor kids now growing up in condos without a workshop and only their X boxes.

I loved my PM books and built several projects including the steamed rib canoe as well as a trailer, similar to this one but simpler, one axle. Talk about stick built, look at the roof construction.

After listening to me moan for 30 years that I never got the last volume my wife found one online for me They were originally bought weekly at the supermarket, 99cents each.

Looking at the old photo of the Scamp kit, to me it's more just "some assembly required" I think that I would have bought one, even at the factory finished price, just so I could install the electrical in a little more high class way. Seeing a bunch of exposed wires with marret connectors makes me wish they were more accessible so I could install a proper panel etc.

Looking at the old Scamp kit photo, yeah, it's probably true, many owners who've rehabbed their trailers have actually done much more work than was involved with just installing the ready made parts.

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