First up, my friend gets his plane up, flies for about 45 seconds and then a dead stick.
He has a 1/4 scale GP cub ARF. It is the same plane he lost control of last year and plowed it into a gravel pit. Well his engine was giving him problems so he was running it full throttle and misjudged the distance between the plane,,,,, and a tree. I heard the roar of the engine, the unmistakeable sound of branches being moved, then silence. I was busy trying to adjust my OS 51, and I said, tell me you didnt just hit that tree, and as I look up I see what is left of his wing fluttering down. The fuse ripped off and lawn darted 30 yards away. He said he can rebuid it, and probably can, but man what a MESS.
I think he jinxed me. After first fiddling with the carb and thinking I had it right I take off and less than 5 minutes, dead stick. I landed a few feet over from where he landed. I got the plane back and was fiddling with the carb when he did his tree triming manuever. I finally got it smoothed out and take off. I had a good 10 minutes going, and my wife and kids show up, and kids being kids were making noise and distracting me, so I bring mine in to land. The landing was pretty good, actually better than my usual nose over landings. Problem was, and I am kicking myself for not going around, I landed too far down the strip and too close to the edge. The right wheel caught a dip in the grass where it was cut an inch lower than the rest, hooked a bit right and before I could bring it far enough left, smacked the right wing into his pile of B26 parts. Grrr still kicking myself for not going around.
Anyhow, mine isnt too bad, I repaired the cracked leading edga dn busted ribs, just need to recover, but the tail wheel busted when it ground looped after striking the plane. I have a new one on order.. This was my new Kadet, with only 4 flights on it.
Not even really dirty yet. Thankfully my covering job allows me to remove from the spar forward without damaging the rest. I only have to replace a small strip of covering instead of large patches. The tail wheel though, not sure how I am going to replace that without cutting through the covering. Maybe I can cut the wire off and snake it out that way.