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Old Mar 14, 2016, 10:05 PM
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Glue the wing halves on Apprentice 15e?

I'm looking forward to receiving an E-Flite Apprentice 15e in a couple of days. I think I want to glue the wing halves together rather then rely on double faced tape. Does anyone have experience or advise on the idea. I would clean the surfaces with alcohol and use 30 min epoxy.
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Old Mar 14, 2016, 11:44 PM
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Apprentice wings - gluing

I've flown my apprentice for nearly 200 flights and my three grandsons have at least that many flights on theirs. I see no reason to glue the wing halves together. What we did was follow the directions - install the carbon wing rod, attach them together using the tape provided in the box(not needed but okay to use if you want to), and attached the front and rear wing covers (item C and D on page 6 of the manual) to the wing. Then, we put some Scotch-brand "Heavy-Duty" packaging tape (from WalMart) on both the top and bottom of the wing, completely covering the wing seam with a 2" strip of it. We've never had a single problem and when (not if) one half of the wing gets damaged, it is very simple to take it apart for repairs. Hope this helps and have fun with this plane - it is a GREAT trainer. r2crash
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Old Mar 15, 2016, 01:34 AM
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Thanks for your input, r2crash. I like the idea of being able to take the wing apart for repairs. I've read the instruction manual on-line but still don't understand, does the tape provided go only under the front and rear wing covers holding the wings together and the covers in place or does the tape go between the wing halves the full width of the wing front to back? It's double sided tape I presume.
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Old Mar 15, 2016, 01:46 AM
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On the original Apprentice you epoxied the wings together. The new one comes with two small pieces of two sided tape that go between the halves. There are also two plastic pieces that go on the leading and trailing edges. These have an adhesive strip already installed,'and you peel off covering strip to expose the adhesive part and press them on.
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Old Mar 15, 2016, 02:12 AM
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Got it JeffinTD. Sounds like the wing is held in 4 places. I see the tape between the wings in the manual now. I missed it on the first read through. Thanks for pointing it out.
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I've flown my apprentice for nearly 200 flights and my three grandsons have at least that many flights on theirs. I see no reason to glue the wing halves together. What we did was follow the directions - install the carbon wing rod, attach them together using the tape provided in the box(not needed but okay to use if you want to), and attached the front and rear wing covers (item C and D on page 6 of the manual) to the wing. Then, we put some Scotch-brand "Heavy-Duty" packaging tape (from WalMart) on both the top and bottom of the wing, completely covering the wing seam with a 2" strip of it. We've never had a single problem and when (not if) one half of the wing gets damaged, it is very simple to take it apart for repairs. Hope this helps and have fun with this plane - it is a GREAT trainer. r2crash
I did the same thing. No problems and have just as many flights.
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Old Mar 15, 2016, 12:20 PM
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The Apprentice is a popular and well regarded plane. Personally I would follow the instructions and assemble it however they say to assemble it. As the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.
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I Velcro my wings as per a video on YouTube that way u can strip the wings down for storage I also glued a durafly sky mule wing peg in to be a back up no probs after months of flying
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E-Flite Apprentice wing mod (2 min 27 sec)

Not my video but it works
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I've used the 3" wide Gorilla clear tape to keep my two wing halves together...along with making repairs. Works awesome!
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I like that idea. Thanks for sharing?
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I've flown my apprentice for nearly 200 flights and my three grandsons have at least that many flights on theirs. I see no reason to glue the wing halves together. What we did was follow the directions - install the carbon wing rod, attach them together using the tape provided in the box(not needed but okay to use if you want to), and attached the front and rear wing covers (item C and D on page 6 of the manual) to the wing. Then, we put some Scotch-brand "Heavy-Duty" packaging tape (from WalMart) on both the top and bottom of the wing, completely covering the wing seam with a 2" strip of it. We've never had a single problem and when (not if) one half of the wing gets damaged, it is very simple to take it apart for repairs. Hope this helps and have fun with this plane - it is a GREAT trainer. r2crash
I'm sticking with r2crash. With a name like that what could possibly go wrong? Besides it's pretty close to factory with just a little added insurance. I don't need the velcro to break the wing down for travel. Looks like a great solution for some. Thanks to all.
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