SMALL - Telemetry SMALL - Radio
Thread Tools
Old Jun 06, 2013, 09:28 AM
Jeanskydive is offline
Find More Posts by Jeanskydive
Registered User
Jeanskydive's Avatar
Canada, QC, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Joined Feb 2009
797 Posts
[QUOTE=WhalleyB0Y;25188968]And at last, whalleyb0y's maiden!

Nitroplanes Projet A-10 Republic (6 min 57 sec)
[/QU


Verry nice, and realy fast , fantastic..............
Jeanskydive is offline Find More Posts by Jeanskydive
Reply With Quote
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Old Dec 30, 2013, 09:19 PM
Larry Dudeck is offline
Find More Posts by Larry Dudeck
Registered User
Larry Dudeck's Avatar
Williamsville, NY, USA
Joined Sep 2000
4,558 Posts
The demise of the A10

I have been bungee launching EDF's since 2002 or so, probably 1200-1500 launches to date. The vast majority of those launches have been trouble free, the few problems I did experience can be attributed to dumbness on my part.

So you can imagine my surprise when I destroyed the A10, not on launch but on landing.

The grass was a bit frosty so the A10 slid much farther than expected. The down field bungee anchor, an 18" long screw driver buried in the ground so just the handle was above the grass.

The A10's starboard wing hit the screw driver handle, splintering the LE, all the way back to the spar. Not bad enough, the wing was then ripped out the the root, breaking the fuse in two parts. The rear section of the fuse flipped over, destroying one of the two rudders.

To add further insult, one of the HOERNER wing tips was ripped off as well.

Once everything stopped moving, I surveyed the damage. One look and I knew it was a total write-off.
Larry Dudeck is offline Find More Posts by Larry Dudeck
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2013, 09:32 PM
WhalleyB0Y is offline
Find More Posts by WhalleyB0Y
Registered User
WhalleyB0Y's Avatar
Canada, BC, Surrey
Joined Jul 2011
960 Posts
Larry, it sounds like a tragedy and I am sorry to hear it. It truly is a very delicate kit even with all the beefing up.
If it is any consolation, NitroPlanes had the kit on sale again for $149 last week. I would have bought it if I hadn't already picked up the LX version.
Actually I am really surprised that you could even bungee launch that one considering how fragile the fuse is...
Regards.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry Dudeck View Post
I have been bungee launching EDF's since 2002 or so, probably 1200-1500 launches to date. The vast majority of those launches have been trouble free, the few problems I did experience can be attributed to dumbness on my part.



So you can imagine my surprise when I destroyed the A10, not on launch but on landing.



The grass was a bit frosty so the A10 slid much farther than expected. The down field bungee anchor, an 18" long screw driver buried in the ground so just the handle was above the grass.



The A10's starboard wing hit the screw driver handle, splintering the LE, all the way back to the spar. Not bad enough, the wing was then ripped out the the root, breaking the fuse in two parts. The rear section of the fuse flipped over, destroying one of the two rudders.



To add further insult, one of the HOERNER wing tips was ripped off as well.



Once everything stopped moving, I surveyed the damage. One look and I knew it was a total write-off.
WhalleyB0Y is offline Find More Posts by WhalleyB0Y
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2013, 11:56 PM
Jeanskydive is offline
Find More Posts by Jeanskydive
Registered User
Jeanskydive's Avatar
Canada, QC, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Joined Feb 2009
797 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry Dudeck View Post
I have been bungee launching EDF's since 2002 or so, probably 1200-1500 launches to date. The vast majority of those launches have been trouble free, the few problems I did experience can be attributed to dumbness on my part.

So you can imagine my surprise when I destroyed the A10, not on launch but on landing.

The grass was a bit frosty so the A10 slid much farther than expected. The down field bungee anchor, an 18" long screw driver buried in the ground so just the handle was above the grass.

The A10's starboard wing hit the screw driver handle, splintering the LE, all the way back to the spar. Not bad enough, the wing was then ripped out the the root, breaking the fuse in two parts. The rear section of the fuse flipped over, destroying one of the two rudders.

To add further insult, one of the HOERNER wing tips was ripped off as well.

Once everything stopped moving, I surveyed the damage. One look and I knew it was a total write-off.
Hi Larry sorry for your A-10, I did the same thing with mine , slide off the strip hit a snow bank result fuselage brooken half, I reenforce the fuselage with balsa angle and recover with solartex, more solid front section of the batterie compartment, yes fragile Nitro build.A-10 is verry light build-up need bit more spruce.... Cheers
Jeanskydive is offline Find More Posts by Jeanskydive
Last edited by Jeanskydive; Dec 31, 2013 at 08:04 AM.
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 31, 2013, 08:48 AM
Larry Dudeck is offline
Find More Posts by Larry Dudeck
Registered User
Larry Dudeck's Avatar
Williamsville, NY, USA
Joined Sep 2000
4,558 Posts
Jeanskydive,

You're correct in your assesment of that A10's basic structure. It was built too lightly.

If that wreck would have been the first, I would have repaired it but I had rebuilt the A10 twice before. I salvaged all the hardware as well as the FG aft section that holds the fans. I am toying with the idea of incorporating that into a new twin biz jet of some sort.

Best to you in 2014
Larry Dudeck is offline Find More Posts by Larry Dudeck
Reply With Quote
Old Dec 31, 2013, 08:58 AM
Larry Dudeck is offline
Find More Posts by Larry Dudeck
Registered User
Larry Dudeck's Avatar
Williamsville, NY, USA
Joined Sep 2000
4,558 Posts
WhalleyB0Y,

Thanks for the commiseration.

When I bought mine, Nitro had it on sale for $119 plus shipping. But after my futile experience with NP to make good on the wing damage (shipping damage?) I would not purchase from them again.

I did have to add some reinforcement to the fuse that allowed for bungee launching; otherwise, the hook would have just been ripped out.

All in all, a nice ARF - even if it was basically weak. But what was a nice ARF like that doing in a place like Nitro Planes?

Best in 2014
Larry Dudeck is offline Find More Posts by Larry Dudeck
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 22, 2015, 10:29 PM
MSgtrob is offline
Find More Posts by MSgtrob
Registered User
Edwards Air Force Base
Joined Mar 2006
99 Posts
Fans to prop

Thought I'd contribute to this old thread. About two years ago, I had two flights with 70 mm motors/6 cells but battery weight, gear collapse, etc..got the best of this plane. I pulled it out of "Hangar Queen" status and did the conversion.. New batteries will arrive in a few days, thought It best to post pre crash pictures...
MSgtrob is offline Find More Posts by MSgtrob
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 23, 2015, 07:19 AM
Larry Dudeck is offline
Find More Posts by Larry Dudeck
Registered User
Larry Dudeck's Avatar
Williamsville, NY, USA
Joined Sep 2000
4,558 Posts
Sarge,

Hope it flies. I think you will need to leave the fans and motors installed, lest you have balance issues.

Good luck on the maiden.
Larry Dudeck is offline Find More Posts by Larry Dudeck
Reply With Quote
Old Jul 23, 2015, 07:41 PM
MSgtrob is offline
Find More Posts by MSgtrob
Registered User
Edwards Air Force Base
Joined Mar 2006
99 Posts
Thanks Larry,
I'll put two three cell/3K batteries (in series) where they need to go to keep the factory CG. I'll add a tray or what ever it needs I can also line them end to end if needed...shouldn't be a problem. With fans removed and no batteries it's CG is aft about an inch (nose heavy) so I expect the batteries to go in the fuse just fwd of the engine inlets. Will post results
MSgtrob is offline Find More Posts by MSgtrob
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Discussion New projet: Aerobatic 3d fiberglass manolitogafota Composites Fabrication 8 Jun 06, 2012 11:02 PM
New Product Brand New Nitroplanes.com Projet Sky Trainer Scale Plane Kit Nitro_Nancy Product Announcements 0 Apr 04, 2012 06:13 PM
Sold Nitro-003 Projet NIB tandemssafetyguy Aircraft - Electric - Airplanes (FS/W) 2 Apr 04, 2012 07:12 AM
For Sale Projet Trainer 50/AKA CMPro Cessna 182 50 LPU KaP2011 Aircraft - Fuel - Airplanes (FS/W) 0 Mar 31, 2012 03:41 PM
Sold PROJET 98" RC Drone Craig Jacobs Aircraft - Electric - Airplanes (FS/W) 8 Mar 24, 2012 09:08 AM