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Old 08-28-2017, 05:08 PM
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Hey Mark, it was probably the same fork lift driver that did this
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That sucks Dom, this happens way to much.

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Sorry to hear you lost the flash. I bought a turbinator last year and keep it for my...I really don't want to bring out one of my $$$$ jets type days, windy, new field etc. The flying is just as fun as the higher priced sport or scale jets and no sweat if its dinged. Just say'n
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Old 08-29-2017, 02:47 PM
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Thanks Scott!

Vincent you bring up a good point. My friend has been suggesting I get a beater / knock around jet.
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I spoke to Linda from Dreamworks today. CARF has started building me a new Flash. They said 3-4 weeks but would try to get it quicker. I told her not to rush it at this point since my season is over. I want to be sure everything is cured and we don't harm the finish (See my Extreme Jets Hawk Build Thread and you'll know why I worry about this).
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Here is the box.
You can see that the wing is just inside the box top and only protected by the wing bags. I don't know if something dropped on the box....if it did it may have dented / damaged the wing. If I am lucky enough that that did not happen, then judging from the rest of the box, the rest of the jet may be OK. It will be a long wait till 5:30 to find out!!
That really sucks Dom! I would have to say though that that is really CRAPPY packaging! All of that stuff that comes over air freight is dimensionally weighed, so adding another layer of cardboard, or better yet, ply, wouldn't cost more to ship - only the cost for the packaging itself. When I ordered a replacement wing for my old Flash from CARF, it came in a ridiculously small, fragile box, and of course it was damaged. In that case, since I was painting it anyway, I took it and fixed it myself (damage was only to the wingtip tanks)

CARF should do MUCH better than that for packaging - others do, and one would think that its money well spent as they have to be loosing money on that deal - even with some payment from DHL...

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I too ordered a replacement wing for my Ultra Flash and this wing is not cheap. 1000 dollars plus shipping. When the box arrives there was a small damage to the wingtip. Size of a thumb like someone grabbed it by the wingtip to stick it in the box. When asked Carf about it they said it was out of their control and offered a discount on future orders and had dreamworks send me matching color so I can fix myself. I was a little dissapointed to say the least. I guess they sent the colors free but for a 1000 wing I expect it to arrive perfect.
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Old 08-31-2017, 11:52 AM
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Carf and their quality has been an issue from day one - but when you cant get an answer from rep's or the owner of Carf ??? one can only wonder...
It just goes to show you what their real priority is

I for one will be looking else where in future after the last ordeal I had with Carf - as minor as it was......I figure it was brushed aside no answers were forth coming

Once the item leaves the factory it falls under plausible deniability - Carf don't carry shipping insurance and one repairs any damage from shipping at ones cost ( ask me how I know)
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Old 08-31-2017, 02:52 PM
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Mine had shipping insurance as standard. The DHL shipping from CARF was only $390 compared to my two recent quotes of $725 from FeiBao and $650 from Skymaster. CARF started building my new flash the next day they heard about the incident. It will be shipped as soon as its done and I don't have to wait for them to settle with DHL. I personally think that is pretty darn good service considering they did not trash my new jet. They Key I'm told is to refuse the package. If you sign for it you own it and the insurance is void. It was painful turning my back on my new jet that I waited so long for but I know now I did the right thing. Had I signed, I would be the one dealing with DHL for compensation. The way I did it, I will have my new jet and CARF is dealing with DHL. I am glad Linda held my hand through this and advised me wisely!
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Mine had shipping insurance as standard. The DHL shipping from CARF was only $390 compared to my two recent quotes of $725 from FeiBao and $650 from Skymaster. CARF started building my new flash the next day they heard about the incident. It will be shipped as soon as its done and I don't have to wait for them to settle with DHL. I personally think that is pretty darn good service considering they did not trash my new jet. They Key I'm told is to refuse the package. If you sign for it you own it and the insurance is void. It was painful turning my back on my new jet that I waited so long for but I know now I did the right thing. Had I signed, I would be the one dealing with DHL for compensation. The way I did it, I will have my new jet and CARF is dealing with DHL. I am glad Linda held my hand through this and advised me wisely!
I think the key to your success here is that you dealt with Dreamworks who are awesome in the customer care arena. Dealing with CARF direct or through their "reps"= major PITA. They always seem to be interested in getting your money and that's the end of the customer service.

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Dealing with CARF direct or through their "reps"= major PITA. They always seem to be interested in getting your money and that's the end of the customer service.
Ohhh so true ...!!
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Mine had shipping insurance as standard. The DHL shipping from CARF was only $390 compared to my two recent quotes of $725 from FeiBao and $650 from Skymaster. CARF started building my new flash the next day they heard about the incident. It will be shipped as soon as its done and I don't have to wait for them to settle with DHL. I personally think that is pretty darn good service considering they did not trash my new jet. They Key I'm told is to refuse the package. If you sign for it you own it and the insurance is void. It was painful turning my back on my new jet that I waited so long for but I know now I did the right thing. Had I signed, I would be the one dealing with DHL for compensation. The way I did it, I will have my new jet and CARF is dealing with DHL. I am glad Linda held my hand through this and advised me wisely!
I think the difference in price is due mostly to the fact that they use different shipping companies than DHL. I my experience too though, the SM packaging at least is orders of magnitude better than CARF. Actually, *ANY* jet packaging coming from Asia is better than CARF.

One of the jet guys here in Richmond just got a Skygate Hawk (now CARF) and it too was damaged in shipping.

Personally, in this case, I'd rather paid the $600-$700 shipping and had the jet come undamaged than the $390 and have to wait for it twice.

I hope the 2nd one comes undamaaged, but I'll bet *a lot* $'s that it comes in *exactly* the same type of box.

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Old 10-12-2017, 02:15 PM
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I still have not received my replacement Fly Navy Flash with the custom yellow fuse that was destroyed by DHL. While waiting I decided I still needed two Flashes so I replaced my dear departed Thunderbird with a Navy Aggressor. Here I am unpacking it. The finish is just awesome and pretty much flawless. My T-Bird had some blemishes but this baby is immaculate! It will have all the markings of VFC-13 when the build is complete. I don't intend to repeat my build thread but may point out anything unique that I encounter or modify during this build. This like my soon to be had Fly Navy Flash will be Cheetah SE Powered.
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Old 10-12-2017, 02:21 PM
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The quality of this jet is amazing! The fit and finish is just superb. I am amazed how strong this thing is. You can grab the stab and squeeze it and it is rock solid. The wing and fuse are like tanks but real light. My T-Bird ready to fly was only 25 pounds. I has a look inside my wing after crashing the T-bird and was so impressed with the fit and glue joints. The wood in these kits is some of the hardest plywood I have seen on any model or ever that of Midwest aircraft ply. I swear you can play baseball with an ultra flash wing spar!
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Off to the shop now to enjoy building this beauty. I will post some pics of my Fly Navy when it arrives.
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Very NICE Maj Woody!! Sorry to read about your other UF. My UF is still going strong, but honestly I struggle to see it, especially when its Hazy here in Dubai. I have added a lot of neon Yellow and neon Orange decals to combat that, however still a Pita to see this jet and man ITS FAST!!

ENJOY THE BUILD

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Nice camo scheme -
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Thanks Guys. Glad to hear your Flash is flying well William! I just finished installing the Main Gear. Next I need to box in the wheel wells like my first Flash. Having fun with this one since I don't have to engineer any of the mods. I am using my own build thread as a guide!
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Old 10-29-2017, 05:43 AM
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I heard from Linda last week ans my replacement Fly Navy Flash with the custom yellow fuse is packed and ready to ship. They are preparing the customs paperwork so I hope to have this by the end of this week. As you know, DHL put a forklift through the original 8 weeks ago.
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Meanwhile, work continues on the Aggressor. I made some changes to how I boxed in the wheel wells. For this Flash I made balsa rails and glued them to the top and bottom of the wing skins. I also used 1/16" ply this time instead of balsa for the walls.
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Home Depot did an excellent job matching the paint.
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For this Flash I used Snake Skin and shrink tubing to protect the aileron and flap servos. Those first few bends through the wing have some sharp turns and the airex in that area is very sharp. I rounded those edges so there would not be any issue.
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Some pics of the completed wing. It took me two weeks to build the wing. I did not use the instructions at all since the build was so fresh in my mind from the T-Bird. I bet Dave could build one of these in his sleep!! All controls throws were set exactly the same as my T-Bird.
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The completed wheel wells and doors.
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I made hardwood blocks and screwed the doors to the struts just like the T-Bird. The details can be seen in the original build. I am really only highlighting any changes from the first build and showing the completed components.
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