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Old 05-11-2020, 04:55 PM
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Hey yall,

I am a new pilot and it seems every sunday i am gluing the wings where they bolt on or something else. As it stands im missing half the cowl and most of the paint due to gluing and tape marks lol.

Is this normal for the first plane.
Does anyone have pictures of their scared plane?

Maybe I'm doing things wrong lol.

Thanks
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Old 05-11-2020, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Redcatmcd View Post
Hey yall,

I am a new pilot and it seems every sunday i am gluing the wings where they bolt on or something else. As it stands im missing half the cowl and most of the paint due to gluing and tape marks lol.

Is this normal for the first plane.
Does anyone have pictures of their scared plane?

Maybe I'm doing things wrong lol.

Thanks
mike
Up unil now, I thought that I had a pretty good imagination, but I find myself completely at a loss when it comes to trying to figure out how one can lose half a cowl and most of a paint job as result of errant glue and tape application techniques.
Undoubtedly, any light you might shed on this remarkable mystery will be greatly appreciated by all concerned!
Old 05-12-2020, 03:46 AM
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This is one reason it is recommended that first planes be high wing trainers with wings that are held on by rubber bands. In a crash the rubber bands allow the wing to move without tearing the fuselage apart.
Old 05-12-2020, 04:56 AM
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Originally Posted by airsteve172 View Post
Up unil now, I thought that I had a pretty good imagination, but I find myself completely at a loss when it comes to trying to figure out how one can lose half a cowl and most of a paint job as result of errant glue and tape application techniques.
Undoubtedly, any light you might shed on this remarkable mystery will be greatly appreciated by all concerned!
the cowl is plastic and hit the ground nose first when the battery died mid air-now i have a discharge buzzer connected to my lipo so it wont happen. And the missing paint is because of the crazy thin layer it came with and not warming the tape before removing the blue tape. The newbie things you learn flying.
Old 05-12-2020, 05:49 AM
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Fly, crash, repair, repeat. That is a normal progression.
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Old 05-12-2020, 11:27 AM
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All the repairs are giving you a great skill set. That will pay off in the future when you are putting new planes together. I think we all banged up our first trainers. That's what they are for.
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The paint job on any foamy is temporary at best. It'll flake off if you just look at it too hard.

It sounds like you are having a good time anyway though. I have never found pristine new airplanes all that interesting. It's the ones with patches, scuffed wingtips, fuel stained and CA glue all over the covering that have stories to tell.
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It's called building character. Wait till your second plane...
This is really a case of "third time is a charm".
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Oh so completely normal! You are trying to defy gravity, after all. After 53 years of trying to make something fly, I'm pretty firmly convinced that they almost always fly much better after a number of repairs have been done to them......
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Old 05-14-2020, 04:02 PM
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You do not fall in love with your first plane....
Old 05-14-2020, 05:03 PM
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For a long time, many of us folded up and stored a trash bag inside the model. You'll know what it is for when you need it........
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..Or got their exercise performing the "Walk of Shame"
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When I first discovered flying model airplanes, I recall my method for avoiding the walk of shame was for a number of my first attempts at building to go from the workbench directly to the garbage bag. I felt that the results that I attained during my learning experience deserved nothing less.

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Old 05-17-2020, 06:31 AM
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Now that being efficient.
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First Airplanes are very good at making epoxy mixing sticks for the second airplane! IMHO a great second plane is the Sig 4-Star. They are easy to repair. Ask me how I know.
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My airplane when I returned to RC modeling. Good take off, 3 good level turns, lost on the 4th turn. Throttle screw came loose. Better to repair the remains than to bury them. Total Loss. I just built another airplane.





Old 05-29-2020, 08:19 PM
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Oh you can whip up another one of those gutter pipe airplanes in about 3 hours. No big loss.

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