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Old 11-01-2011, 10:38 AM   #11
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Re: Fixing a Model That Won't Fly

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Curt, most of the video (including the ones posted here on this thread) are electric powered. Wing loading is likely a big deal for this plane. I was really shocked when I opened the box, and saw this "huge, bulky fuse" and these "tiny" wings.

I questioned my ability to put together a plane after the crash during it's maiden. It was set up according to the specs for control throw, and the Tx programming should have made this thing pretty tame to fly.

My first NexStar had to be re-built after a cartwheel. I had lifted the front end of the plane up 1/4" using the spare length of the tricycle rod. This changed the angle of attack of the wing. That wreck was my first re-build, it came out of the dungeon a tail-dragger. It flew like a champ.

There are a lot of things to consider when building, assmbling or setting up a plane. The first flight (or not) tells a lot of stories. Pilot error, assembly mistakes, poor design, or any combination of 2 or more of these things can send you back to the drawing board with a pile of kindling pretty fast.

The purpose of this thread was to promote discussion on "what to look for" prior to having to re-build/replace a plane. I still believe anything you build (stick or kit) is gonna fly better than any ARF.

I had a discussion with a guy from Horizon Hobbies about a Radian fuselage with a bow in it. He told me "we have one like that here, and it flies", well flying is a relative term. I want one that flies well! I understand the RTF/ARF/Build debate, some folks don't have the time or equipment or build a plane from a pile of sticks, I just hope there aren't to many getting turned off the hobby because of preventable wrecks!
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