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How many of your models need work before they can fly?

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Paul Marsh15/04/2017 22:23:01
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Due to the bad weather and coming of summer, hopefully,spent the last couple of days sorting issues on some models.

I can honestly say, at the moment, none of my fleet are not flying. I did have two, a old Turbulent with knackered u/c - now replaced and new 2.4 rx and battery in, along with covering patching and a 1/4 Pup, again with u/c issues, all now sorted.

How many of your models are not flyable, and what to do about them?

Devcon115/04/2017 22:46:02
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Interesting point. I have just done a detailed inspection of my 1/3 scale Turbulent and my flight box and both needed remedial action.

I am guilty of a lack of thorough inspection regimes which could lead to unintended problems.

Tom Sharp 216/04/2017 02:39:05
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Trouble is, I might think my models are fit for purpose, but then again you may not.

cymaz16/04/2017 06:37:07
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All the fleet is flyable except the DGA the moment! ( That's before I take them out flying!)

I tend to charge up Rx batteries throughout the winter on everything. My hope is doing that will keep black wire away. Spent Good Friday doing some maintenance on a Stampe. Little things that were just annoying. I tend to repair as soon as the problem appears, rather than leave it.


Edited By cymaz on 16/04/2017 06:37:49

iqon16/04/2017 06:44:40
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All mine are flyablewink. But if you would have asked me last week......

Stephen Smith 1419/04/2017 20:18:27
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suppose it depends how many models you have, with over thirty supposedly ready there is always something to do

john stones 119/04/2017 20:21:34
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Posted by iqon on 16/04/2017 06:44:40:

All mine are flyablewink. But if you would have asked me last week......

Aye when i've got your tx they are cheeky


will -020/04/2017 08:17:08
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Most of them. I finished last year with two fully servicable and several others in need of checking over at the very least. Now they all need a look at

Jon Laughton20/04/2017 10:23:38
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All airworthy although a couple need some minor attention (Sagging covering etc.) after winter flying. If I have a problem then I repair them pretty much straight away....and that goes for some of my clubmates' models as well since I have a decent rc workshop

J D 820/04/2017 10:43:30
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Thought I was prepared to go flying yesterday.

Exhaust fell off my Irvine 46 and vanished into the bushes,glow plug duff on OS 46 in Limbo dancer and then the carbon UC gave up on first landing.

Then while flying Zagi wing [power] a section of the covering tape peeled back acting as a spoiler on one wing and another visit to the bushes was needed.blush [found it]

Denis Watkins20/04/2017 10:50:52
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Your honesty is very refreshing JD

And very helpful

Timothy Harris 120/04/2017 10:54:42
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My Chipmunk and Wots Wot XL are flying nicely and in great condition. I'm sadly still working on rebuilding my kit Wot 4 Mk 3 that I built over Christmas and New Year. It sadly crashed on its first day out after my son who was flying it at the time was hit on the arm by an FPV drone. ( luckily no serious injury). I also need to repair my World Models Spitfire with damaged retracts ( probably will replace with electric) .I also have to to fit  myOS 55 AX into my Acrowot. Sadly the old OS81 engine was damaged beyond economical repair after a deadstick in high wind a few weeks ago and the plane found a tree trunk to hit in a hedge!! Hopefully I will soon be able to start my ARTF Seagull P47 with Laser 100 power 😊

Edited By Timothy Harris 1 on 20/04/2017 10:58:20

Bob Cotsford20/04/2017 10:56:13
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I think mine are all flyable but I have been going through them checking out the state of the batteries, so far I've come across one that needed replacing as the Ballerina had been sitting all winter with the on-board glow switched on. There was enough residual drain to completely flatten the LiFe pack. Otherwise it's been a case of finally updating the receivers to current EU LBT standards and renewing wing bands where applicable.

Glyn4420/04/2017 12:30:47
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Upto yesterday all mine were go. Now there is one that's not. Took a newly built Can Doo canard. No undercarriage so hand launches required. I threw it, my pal on the sticks( very experienced, and an instructor ) Away it went, buzzed round a bit, ran out of elevator down trim. So landed ok, adjusted the sub trim. Second launch spun to the left and ate the grass. Reckon I didn't throw it hard enough.

Anyway it on the bench, glue drying!

Happy days. Glyn.

Don Fry20/04/2017 15:01:13
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I like to think I maintain my fleet. My workshop is small, one build bench, so a maintenance sessions get done at convenient stages in the current build process.

Anyway, a year old hack, well used, had an incident with an hedge, and broke a wing. I repaired it with some care, and it flew without trim change. Except (it's a trike) the ground handling was wild. Has a look, and the nose leg was loose. Tightened, and was better, but still sloppy. Cause, the Futaba 148 had worn bushing. The servo also drives the rudder, and I have had I back of head thought that the rudder was "vague" for a while. Fine checking on that one.

And before you say, I didn't put it together, and I know nylon bushed servos and nose legs are not good together.

Martyn K20/04/2017 17:04:41
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Of the models that I fly, they are all serviceable and ready to go. I have a few models in mothball that may need receivers adding etc, but apart from that they are ready to go as well.

I have one model that needs the trim reapplying but that's purely cosmetic - I need to buy the trim and its a couple of hours to fix it. Cleaning any oil residue will be the tricky bit

The only model that needs really work is my mothballed puppeteer which needs a new engine and converting to 2.4GHz

Maintenance always takes priority before a build


will -021/04/2017 11:02:57
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I may have a model ready to go - find out tonight.

Part of my problem is that the workshoppe is a temporary store while the garage is being occupied by another much larger refurbishment project

Paul Marsh21/04/2017 17:40:24
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A couple of yearsago , someone at Weston Park gave me a dead PZ Spit - he was going to give the the nose, but not saw him again. I had a request to see if anyone knew him, but now got some more bit.

The spit he gave me has 4 servos in it, but missing the nose. A friend just crashed his, but the front end and cowl are ok. So it's going to be a bit of a Frankenstein's Monster, but might spray it a new colour afterwards. Not sure to make it electic, glider or even stick a .25 Glow engine in it!!!

have two wings, one with servos in it.

Already have one, with retracts, so will see how it goes...


Edited By Paul Marsh on 21/04/2017 17:41:55

cymaz21/04/2017 17:43:04
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How about a Spit biplane , now you mentioned Frankenstein's monster

Paul Marsh21/04/2017 18:08:53
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Thinking of putting a glow in it, have so many spare, so a OS 25FP/LA it is going to be...

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