Sorry you had the problems with yours.
I'm pretty new to the new electrics and I haven't flown mine a lot. But do plan on handling it with the "utmost care". Heck, I've damaged almost as many planes carrying them in and out of the house, loading the van and transporting them as flying them.
This was my first electric "foam" plane. And I expected the foam to be somewhat fragile. I've had no problems with the struts or the landing gear. It hasn't been flown much and time will tell I guess.
And I guess I am one of those "old men who like to fly scale" And do handle my planes with the utmost care. And proud of it.
It is a scale plane and will perform a lot of aerobatics the full scale Cessna 182 wouldn't think of doing. If one wanted a fast, 3D, full aerobatic machine, this isn't the plane to buy. Model or full scale.
I found it to be a very easy building, great little plane to fly around the park or parking lot. Especially in the "Old man scale manner"