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Old 09-04-2004, 08:18 AM   #1
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I have a Phoenix FunStar ARF which I just started to fly.

The first flight was the usual test flight with no throwing it around. I was just feeling it out. No problems.

The second flight I tried a snap roll with the JR X-347 doing the controlling of the snap roll. No noticed problems.

After the 3rd flight I noticed the wing was lose so I checked the two nylon wing screws. Hmmm : They were both tight.

When I wiggled the wing while holding the fuselage it was apparent that the L/E was doing the moving.

At home I removed the wing to find that the two dowels had elongated their holes in the balsa L/E.

They appeared to be just glued into the 1/2 inch balsa L/E with regular glue

So check your ARF out good after flying it.

My fix was to epoxy the dowels back in place and harden the surrounding balsa . I did this by puncturing many holes with a pin and then applying thin CA glue to the area.

So far this is working. If it fails in the future I will put a plywood doubler around both dowels and glue it with epoxy.

I hope this heads up is useful to someone.
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Old 09-04-2004, 09:13 AM   #2
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This is probably true with most of the low end ARF's........unlike the old Zenith TV's, the name goes on before the quality goes in.


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Old 09-04-2004, 12:26 PM   #3
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I would suggest that dowels to hold the wing on is a future disaster. Get rid of the dowels. Use four screws. Problem solved for ever.

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