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Old 02-28-2004, 08:24 PM   #1
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This one comes up at our clubhouse from time to time.

A plane goes down for "whatever reason", or maybe you help out a buddy. You get all the pieces together, take some ribbing from the peanut gallery and head home. So what do you do next?

Though I truley enjoy a good build, there is a unique challenge for me to repair a plane and make it flyable again. Learning all new techniques to fix or update a plane has it's own kinda fun for me.

What about you?
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Old 02-28-2004, 08:28 PM   #2
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Let's see. It's knit two, pearl two...

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Old 02-28-2004, 08:53 PM   #3
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all depends ho wbad its banged up...

I usually decide if it will take 50% or more time to repair than a rebuild... it goes in the trash...

Also depends upon the cost of the kit, and how much I liked the plane. A few plaes I was more than happy to see "go away"... but most I wanted a replacement fast!

Oh well... what was the question??
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Old 02-28-2004, 09:01 PM   #4
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I agree with Andrew, It does depend on how much damage there is. Most of the time I would opt to repair, but there is that time when your pride and joy has just done a full-bore vertical into the ground.
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Old 02-28-2004, 10:35 PM   #5
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The first plane I crashed was a Goldberg Eagle 2. I was taking off on the runway and another fellow ran unannounced out onto the field to recover his plane and I dumped it rather than take a chance of hitting him. The fuse was completely broken into two pieces and the engine and firewall was ripped off the front of the plane. I munched one wing tip and cracked the spar on the same side which also destroyed the covering. Monocote, yuk!!

I was so dissappointed! I took the plane home and threw the pieces in a corner in the shop and left them there for the better part of 4 days. Then when I could bear to look at the mess, I went down to the shop and started to see how the pieces would fit back together. I took my time and it went together sort of like a jig saw puzzel but it started to look good. When I finished the repairs and recovered the whole plane, guys at the club didn't believe it was the same plane. It looked like brand new. I really enjoyed the challenge and it was very rewarding to be flying it again knowing that most guys would have thrown it in the garbage.

Yes it depends on how badly damaged it is BUT I have found that in many cases they look much worse than they really are and with a little patients and determination I have only ended up scrapping 3 planes in 15 years of flying. I have even taken a couple of planes that others have crashed and were disposing of and repaired them to almost new shape much to the supprise of the crasher! I offered them back for the cost of repairs plus a bit for my time and have never had anyone refuse to take them back, they repaired that well. Can you tell I'm part Scotts?

Yep its true, part Scotts and part Irish. I like to drink but don't like paying for it! LOL!
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:07 AM   #6
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I have to FIX things at work all the time.... I hate it! I like doing new installs better then repairs..... That's spilled over into modelling. I like new projects but I HATE rebuilding. So if you see me put one in.... checkout the trash can and you guys that like rebuilds can go to town with the wreckage!

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Old 03-01-2004, 09:25 AM   #7
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It's a question of eqanomics for me I have to rebuild to fly,,,,,,,,,Plus my wife says if it isn't broken I don't want it anyway,,,,,,,this goes with cars ,motorcycles ,houses,etc,etc
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