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FAQ’s

What's the difference between a line drawing and a plan?
A plan is intended to allow you to build a model from. In most instances this is achieved by copying the parts shown on the plan onto wood and cutting them out (or using laser cut parts from one of our wood packs). These can then be overlaid on the areas of the plan that show the model’s structure and glued together. In most cases the plan will be at full size and the model can be built directly from it without having to scale parts up or down.
 
A line drawing is a scale drawing of a full size vehicle, locomotive, boat or aeroplane, often covering three views – plan (overhead), side and front. A scale bar is often provided to allow you to measure the size of parts of the drawing and to transfer these to paper (or computer) so that you can draw up your own plan, to be used to construct a model. Line drawings are not intended to be used to construct a model on their own and some modellers simply use them as reference material to add scale details to their models and/or plans.
Over time, as these line drawings have passed through the hands of different companies, the descriptions accompanying them (and used on our website) have sometimes become corrupted and have little meaning, especially if they give certain scales for a drawing. To be sure of their exact scale(s) we recommend that you use the scale bars provided, together with your own research about the full size measurements (wingspan etc.) to confirm the actual scale of each drawing for yourself.
What's in a Laser or CNC Cut Wood Pack?
A CNC or laser cut wood pack contains most, if not all, of the intricately shaped parts shown on the plan, which would be difficult or time consuming to cut out by hand. It does not contain any sheet or strip wood, which you will need to buy separately. Alternatively, you can purchase an Additional Wood Pack, if available.
 
Our Laser or CNC Cut Wood Packs only contain balsa, ply and lite ply and do not include other materials that may be required to complete the model, such as hardwoods, metals and GRP sheet.
What’s in a Short Kit?

A short kit usually contains, where available, the plan, the laser/CNC cut wood pack, additional wood pack, canopy, cowl or any other available Glass Fibre or plastic moulded items.

What's in an Additional Wood Pack?
What’s in an Additional Wood Pack?
 
Our Additional Wood Packs contain most of the necessary sheet and strip wood needed to complete a model being built from a Sarik Hobbies plan and using the associated laser cut wood pack, if available. We stock a wide range of balsa, ply and spruce in popular sheet and strip sizes but even so we cannot guarantee to be able to supply all the wood necessary to complete each model. So some additional purchases may be required from Sarik Hobbies or other modelling wood stockists.
 
Our Additional Wood Packs only contain balsa, ply and spruce wood in the stock sizes as used by our suppliers and do not include other materials that may be required to complete the model such as hardwoods, metals and GRP sheet. 
 
Please also note that where a plan requires only small amounts of a particular wood our Additional Wood Packs may not include such wood. This is because they only contain wood in the stock sizes as obtained from our suppliers and not offcuts. This is to prevent customers from feeling taken advantage of if we were to supply a large sheet of wood when only a small piece is required. It is important to note that purchasing a Laser Cut Wood Pack and an Additional Wood Pack does not constitute a full kit in the conventional sense and that some additional purchases of materials are likely to be required.
 
Due to the vastness of our plans range Additional Wood Packs are only available for a small number of kits at this time. Please visit http://www.sarikhobbies.com/shop/ and search for the plan you are interested in. Then look to see if there is a picture of the model with an icon in the top left corner showing three boxes. If you click on the picture this will show all the Grouped Products for that particular model, including the availability of a laser/cnc cut wood pack, an Additional Wood Pack, as well as any other parts, such as a cowl and/or canopy.
How do I find out what additional products are available for my chosen plan?

Please visit http://www.sarikhobbies.com/shop/ and search for the plan you are interested in. Then look to see if there is a picture of the model with a search icon in the top left corner showing three boxes. If you click on the picture this will show all the Grouped Products for that particular model, including the availability of a laser/cnc cut wood pack, an Additional Wood Pack, as well as any other parts such as a cowl and/or canopy.

Our Sets contain only the products shown in the Grouped Product listing (excluding any 3D printed items) and do not include any hardware or accessories.

Why isn't there a laser/cnc cut wood pack and an AWP for every plan?

We are currently experiencing a high demand to make Laser Cut Wood Packs and Additional Wood Packs that are not currently in our range. So following a request for a missing laser/cnc cut wood pack or AWP, we are adding them to a ‘To Do’ list that enables us to concentrate on the most frequently requested kits.

We would be pleased to add your favourite plan to this list but we have to warn you that it could be many months before we are likely to receive the laser cutting files to be able to produce a kit for you, possibly longer if you are the only person to request a kit for a less popular design.

There is no charge or commitment if you would like a plan to be added to this list, but we will ask to take your details so that we can contact you as soon as a laser/cnc cut wood pack or AWP is available.

Why do you use metric wood, even though many older plans are drawn in imperial?

The suppliers we currently use are based in the UK and they only sell their products in metric sizes, so if you are building from a plan that shows imperial measurements you will need to convert them. We would recommend using an online metric converter, although it is also worth trying a voice assistant on a mobile phone, such as Siri, as they may work too.

How long will my order take?
How long will my order take?
We only hold a limited amount of ‘ready to sell’ products and so the vast majority of items are made to order on a ‘first come, first served’ basis to ensure the highest quality. Below is a rough guide to the waiting times that you can expect, excluding peak times such as Christmas. For Christmas we recommend orders are placed no later than the 8th December to increase the likelihood that you will receive your order in time for Christmas.
Plans – plans are usually printed within 24 hours of place of order or on the first working day after the weekend. So, including delivery times, please allow for up to a week to receive your plan, or more if overseas. Ditto for DVDs and Focus File CD’s.
Vac-form & GRP – We try to hold a good level of stock of the most popular cowls and canopies, so these are normally dispatched with in 48 hours. Ditto for glass fibre parts. However, if a part does need to be made for you it could take up to a week to make a bespoke part, plus a few more days for delivery.
Laser Cutting – We have three laser machines that are running more or less constantly, but even so it can take a few days for your wood pack/short kit order to be processed and then a couple of days for each batch of orders to be cut. Please allow 21 working days (during very busy periods) for this, plus another week for delivery. Additional Wood Packs are usually ordered with short kits, so will be sent when the wood pack is available.
White Metal Parts – As per vac-form delivery times.
3D Printed Parts – We are currently migrating to faster, more reliable 3D printers, but we are having to adapt our files to do this. Waiting times for some parts are therefore currently a few weeks, but this will speed up as more files are converted to the latest spec. Please phone or email for advice on 3D waiting times.