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How Could I Fix A Broken Model Plane?

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Unread postAuthor: hi » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:12 pm

i fly rc airplanes. ive had worse, well, maybe not worse, but similar. go to the hobby shop and get balsa wood of the same thickness and cut it so it fits inside the fuselage where it broke. thats actually a fairly easy fix, you can have it good as new in just a few hours.

if that is an ARF or an RTF airplane, then you will probably want to get a roll of monokote or ultracote and patch it back up so it looks better. just put the time and effort into it and you will have a perfectly good airplane.

ps- what kind of plane is that?

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You underestimate the power of the Duct Tape.
one of my planes does actually have a strip of duct tape on it, but that was a very minor repair.

edit edit- all of you guy that say it cant be fixed are totally wrong, like i said, i could have that plane in the air in less that a day. just get some balsa and some CA glue and it really will be good as new. if you go to any RC flying club, none of the planes are perfect, all of them have patches and countless areas where they have been repaired with balsa wood.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:19 pm

paaiyan wrote:I'm from Oklahoma, I fully understand the power of duct tape as well.


Haha that cracked me up for some reason :lol:
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:43 pm

copious amounts of epoxy will do it :D
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Unread postAuthor: benstern » Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:40 am

If you try and fix it the center of gravity would be out of whack.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:47 am

In that case you could shorten the nose as you repair.
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Unread postAuthor: FordGtMan » Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:56 am

I have...or"Had" a model airplane and i crashed it up pretty bad too. I decided i would take out the camo duct tape and put just enough tape to hold the front in flight, and it had a bad effect on flying. The nose sank like an anchor and it was really screwed from then. I dont know about yours, but it looks way heavier than mine did, so i don't know how the weight would effect yours. It might work :)
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Unread postAuthor: Eddbot » Tue Jan 08, 2008 1:32 am

i was gonna say duct tape but that's already been said, then i was gonna say balsa wood, then i was gonna say epoxy, but i was waaaaaay to late so i'll say this, if your worried about balance after the fix, just tape ball bearings to the nose or tail to balance it out
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Unread postAuthor: Novacastrian » Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:07 am

You could use dope, im not sure how that would fix the plane though :D
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Unread postAuthor: Spitfire » Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:08 am

It did a barrel roll on take off. There are just two pieces those that you see. True never under estimate the power of duct tape... My elevator is held together with duct tape and withstands the pressures of Advanced aerobatics. Will post a pic of that soon.

Was also thinking of Putting balsa on the inside and out epoxy that and keep it together with bolts?

edit- hi, Its a WASP trainer with a 46 motor.

True that, not all the planes at the clubs are immaculate
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Unread postAuthor: hi » Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:44 pm

welll have you fixed it yet?
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Unread postAuthor: Spitfire » Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:25 am

I have started. Hopefully finish tommorrow. will post pics when im done.
For intrest what are you flying?
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:27 am

Yea Hi, i'm glad i'm not alone in my opinion on this. Is that a foam core wing? Spitfire, did you make your own clamp? I think it looks like one holding the leading edge on.
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Unread postAuthor: hi » Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:29 pm

Spitfire wrote:I have started. Hopefully finish tommorrow. will post pics when im done.
For intrest what are you flying?


i fly electric, though i have an MDS .48 2 stroke waiting for an airplane to go on, just gotta find one first. right now im building a Bird of Time with a 10 foot wing span. its almost done, its all built and im covering it now. ill finish the wings tonight (they are almost done) and work on the fuselage over the week end and hopefully fly it within the next week or two.

i have an electrifly SE5A, a hobbico RTF superstar EP trainer (had it for several years) a The Wold Model's Rambler EP, and i HAD a e-flite cessna for about a year, then went out and totally demolished it one day. ive gone though 3 (yes three) GWS slow sticks. im convinced that the GWS slowstick is the best airplane on the market, yet it is only $30 ARF. i used to fly it every day after school, then i crashed it, bought a new one, crashed it, bought a new one, then moved on. ill probably buy another one some time soon

anyway, good luck with your plane, would like to see pictures when its done.
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Unread postAuthor: Spitfire » Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:24 am

cool. im still on the trainer, will buy a stick or sumthing soon.
Here are some low quality pics so far. My proper camera is not working at the moment
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sun Jan 13, 2008 8:02 am

With the screws you added, time to break out the Center of Gravity Machine. I have to admit, I'm not a big fan on the open engine compartment. Great for engine cooling, sux for looks and areodynamics.
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