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Old Mar 26, 2011, 03:49 PM
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My hangar 9 Tribute almost broke in half in the air today

I was flying my Tribute 3D after finaly getting my glow engine to work properly (there was a problem with the tuning needle) and now the darn plane almost brakes in half in the air. I came down for a low pass, shot back into the air at about 2/3 throttle and then added quite a lot of left rudder as I was about to perform a rolling circle and the fuselage just suddenly started wobbling like a fish out of water and I lost almost all control of it. Luckily I did a hard landing in tall grass so the plane was not damaged except for where it cracked in mid air vertically along the fuselage. Now I just want to know why the hell this happened, it is a 3D plane is it not ? I havent had this plane for very long but when I got agressive with it today I never expected it to fail on me.

Anyone else ever had a problem like this with their 3D plane ?
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Old Mar 26, 2011, 07:22 PM
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got any pictures.,
The H-9 twist needs a mod just behind the wing/ canopy area.
On it I just add a little renforcement, light ply
glad you didn't lose it
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Old Apr 01, 2011, 01:51 PM
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The Tribute, as it comes out of the box, is very weak at the trailing edge of the wing. Whether or not it's a 3D plane depends on who you ask. If 3D is a 5-second hover at 300 feet, then yes, the Tribute is a bonafide 3D MONSTER! If 3D more like this video, then no, the Tribute is not much more than a decent sport ship.....with a weak spot at the TE of the wing.

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Old Apr 05, 2011, 03:38 PM
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The Tribute, as it comes out of the box, is very weak at the trailing edge of the wing. Whether or not it's a 3D plane depends on who you ask. If 3D is a 5-second hover at 300 feet, then yes, the Tribute is a bonafide 3D MONSTER! If 3D more like this video, then no, the Tribute is not much more than a decent sport ship.....with a weak spot at the TE of the wing.
I kinda have to disagree with you, the Hangar 9 Tribute 3D is extremely aerobatic. Ive been doing hovers, torque rolls, rolling loops, rolling harriers, and knife edge loops with ease, thats quite a bit more than what a sport plane could do. I was amazed when I first flew this plane on full throws, it will do anything. When mine cracked in the air it was while I was pulling to do a rolling circle from a quick snap turn. Sure the tribute is not as good as the mojo, but it is definately capable of all 3D maneuvers.

But anyways I fixed and reinforced the plane well, I hope to fly it this saterday again. Its kinda strange that Hangar 9 can sell a product like this if you ask me. Ive been doing some research and quite a few people also have a problem with the fuselage breaking.
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Old Apr 05, 2011, 03:47 PM
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I kinda have to disagree with you, the Hangar 9 Tribute 3D is extremely aerobatic. Ive been doing hovers, torque rolls, rolling loops, rolling harriers, and knife edge loops with ease, thats quite a bit more than what a sport plane could do. I was amazed when I first flew this plane on full throws, it will do anything. When mine cracked in the air it was while I was pulling to do a rolling circle from a quick snap turn. Sure the tribute is not as good as the mojo, but it is definately capable of all 3D maneuvers.

But anyways I fixed and reinforced the plane well, I hope to fly it this saterday again. Its kinda strange that Hangar 9 can sell a product like this if you ask me. Ive been doing some research and quite a few people also have a problem with the fuselage breaking.

No worries, if you enjoy it, that's all that matters.
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Old Apr 18, 2011, 11:09 PM
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Get an OMP Edge 540 v3

I love the Tribute in Realflight, but I bought a profile Edge 540 from Ohio Model Products because I examined a Tribute in the LHS and determined it was built weaker that what I needed. I also owned a Twist 40 and had to reinforce the fuse as per above. My OMP came out heavier than they advertised , 5 # vs 4.25# , but the extra weight was in the fuse plank and I used a Thunder Tiger 70 4S. I loved my Twist 40 and if I get another one I would use an engine under 17 oz and reinforce the fuse where the TE of the wing box meets the canopy. The profile planes are more expensive but sooner or later you will need that ruggedness [use metal gear servos too].
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Old May 18, 2011, 11:00 AM
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Good luck ever talking to OMP (ohio model products}) Ive called 10+ times and left VM's still no reply. Go with 3dhs
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Old Jun 10, 2011, 01:00 AM
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My dad owns a tribute and has had several problems with the plane being weak. His main solution was gluing the wing to the fuselage helped out a ton. He doesnt do 3D but he does alot of scale aerobatics. The elevator, the fuse and motor mount area are everything he has strengthened. He is only flying it with an LA 40. But the plane is very fun to fly. He has been flying it for a year and is only now going to add the SFGs. Very rock solid for its size. I think if you can haul it in one piece the gluing method seems to be one of the strongest fixes for the fuse.
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