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Old Jun 02, 2010, 03:55 PM
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my rifles wing folded using all stock equipment.
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Old Jun 02, 2010, 04:37 PM
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my rifles wing folded using all stock equipment.

Wow that sucks to see it happen again! Contact Great Planes and tell them the details.
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Old Jun 02, 2010, 04:43 PM
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Pilots,

After my wing tab failure, and my fuselage traveling at over a buck 20 mph and sliding 2 football fields to a stop, I rebuilt my Rifle. I replaced the plastic wing tab with Bass Wood, and used carbon strips in the main wing.

Put 4 flights on her today at my local field. Did not fly with a spinner because it was bent to crap. I was WIDE OPEN Throttle and HOTT on my lowww passes and yank and banking HARD. 4 flights and she held up just fine. Landings are terrible since there is no spinner and even with good flare, when that motor mount hits the grass, its an instant STOP LOL!. All in all, I am having FUN with this thing now. Each flight I feel more confident. Mod it guys! and Get flying!

Happy Flying,

Pete
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Old Jun 02, 2010, 04:48 PM
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Wow that sucks to see it happen again! Contact Great Planes and tell them the details.
i believe that rip was the first one to fold his wing and posted it but no one seemed to believe that he even had a Riffle.

ps. "no one" does NOT include me. I never had any doubt
hmmm, i think my grammar is wrong, but you get the point
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Old Jun 02, 2010, 06:33 PM
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I've been studying this problem. That broken screw is not coming out without destroying the tail. The first screw went in with no issue, the 2nd screw went in the same way until it just twisted off. Its a defective part and because of this it has made the fuselage unusable, all due to a cheap 2 cent screw. I may just have gotten a bad one but I believe this falls under the warranty as described in the manual:

Great PlanesŪ Model Manufacturing Co. guarantees this kit to
be free from defects in both material and workmanship.


I've contacted GP and described what happened. I think this will be a good test of their customer service. I'll post the description I sent them and how they respond to me here.


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John sorry to see that screw break off. I deal with the oversea manufactures each day and you did nothing wrong. The holes for the horizontal stabilizer are quite a bit smaller than the screw. The Screws used are freaking the worse material. Soft poor excuse for hardware. I got my screws just about all the way in and the tops rounded off. Too much pressure=broken screws or rounding off a screw head. Your only choice is to use better counter sunk screws. Go to your LHS and go to the RC Car section and match up some similar screws. Good luck and keep on building!

Happy Flying,

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Old Jun 02, 2010, 07:14 PM
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Pilots,

After my wing tab failure, and my fuselage traveling at over a buck 20 mph and sliding 2 football fields to a stop, I rebuilt my Rifle. I replaced the plastic wing tab with Bass Wood, and used carbon strips in the main wing.

Put 4 flights on her today at my local field. Did not fly with a spinner because it was bent to crap. I was WIDE OPEN Throttle and HOTT on my lowww passes and yank and banking HARD. 4 flights and she held up just fine. Landings are terrible since there is no spinner and even with good flare, when that motor mount hits the grass, its an instant STOP LOL!. All in all, I am having FUN with this thing now. Each flight I feel more confident. Mod it guys! and Get flying!

Happy Flying,

Pete
Glad to hear you're having good results with it pete. It's a surprisingly easy and cheap mod, so I really hope ours hold up in the long run.
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Old Jun 03, 2010, 10:57 AM
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I'll buy one of the broken ones you guys have if you think with a prayer it could be salvaged
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Old Jun 03, 2010, 01:15 PM
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Anyone know who we can contact at GP for information on version II or fix for our current version of the rifle? Anyone talked to them about these issues? Just wondering before I place a phone call into the cloud!
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Old Jun 03, 2010, 03:29 PM
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Anyone know who we can contact at GP for information on version II or fix for our current version of the rifle? Anyone talked to them about these issues? Just wondering before I place a phone call into the cloud!
Call Tower and ask for Electrifly's product support. Don't bother to email, I did over a week ago and never got a response.
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Old Jun 03, 2010, 04:43 PM
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Anyone know who we can contact at GP for information on version II or fix for our current version of the rifle? Anyone talked to them about these issues? Just wondering before I place a phone call into the cloud!
The clouds are thick.
Yes, calling product support suggests sending everything at my expense for inspection..problem is that i have to drive and spend $ for shipping. Not acceptable considering the mounting problems here so I sent a picture and details by email.
The phone rep had heard nothing of this yet.
Reallly? Maybe it will take one of these fuselages rocketing through someone's car roof to get the word out! I can only imagine how many of these are coming down with people who dont view these groups.
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Old Jun 03, 2010, 08:44 PM
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sorry it took so long to post pictures, they came off my cell phone camera.After the wing folded the plane went about 100 yards berfore it burried its nose about 4 inches in the ground.The fiber glass on these thing are pitful u can push on it with your finger and it leaves a dimple in the wing.
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Old Jun 04, 2010, 06:02 AM
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The clouds are thick.
Yes, calling product support suggests sending everything at my expense for inspection..problem is that i have to drive and spend $ for shipping. Not acceptable considering the mounting problems here so I sent a picture and details by email.
Horizon did the same thing. Now you have to send it at your expense and you have to pay for them to ship it back to you! I understand trying to cut costs but that is BS.
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Old Jun 04, 2010, 09:16 AM
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sorry it took so long to post pictures, they came off my cell phone camera.After the wing folded the plane went about 100 yards berfore it burried its nose about 4 inches in the ground.The fiber glass on these thing are pitful u can push on it with your finger and it leaves a dimple in the wing.
if the ground was that soft, you should be able to rebuild... that is, if you didnt over-"dimple" the wing...
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Old Jun 04, 2010, 09:22 AM
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The clouds are thick.
Yes, calling product support suggests sending everything at my expense for inspection..problem is that i have to drive and spend $ for shipping. Not acceptable considering the mounting problems here so I sent a picture and details by email.
The phone rep had heard nothing of this yet.
Reallly? Maybe it will take one of these fuselages rocketing through someone's car roof to get the word out! I can only imagine how many of these are coming down with people who dont view these groups.
UPDATE: got a response in less than 24hrs from email offering apology and a pre-payed label via e-mail for return shipping. Thats more like it.
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Old Jun 04, 2010, 09:27 AM
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UPDATE: got a response in less than 24hrs from email offering apology and a pre-payed label via e-mail for return shipping. Thats more like it.
Sweet!
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