Originally Posted by edf_rookie
Well I just snapped the wingtube on my 48 edge this morning
Was attempting to do a snap to hover and the wingtube just snapped instead and the plane spiralled 50 feet into the ground while the left wing just floated down and landed 50 feet away from the crash site.
Oh well, it happens. Broke the wingtube right where the fuselage meets the wing. Had over 200 flights on it so I can't complain. I will try and fix it over the winter I suppose. Still have the 51 Slick I need to fix first.
Lucky I have a nib sitting around for just such an occasion
Wing tubes should really be thought of as an expendable item, with a finite lifespan, especially if you fly your plane hard. A LOT of stress is put on the wing tube when you fly hard.
It's kind of like the older Honda Civic engines that had a timing belt Honda said to replace the belt at 80,000 miles. If you did not, there was a really good chance it would break, at which time the pistons would travel up and hit the valves, which would bend the valve stems, which would totally "fubar" the engine. Granted, many of them went way past 80,000 miles without breaking, but why would you want to take the chance....
I would say that if you are really flying the plane hard....replace the wing tube at about 150 flights....it's cheap insurance....
Just my 1 cent (2 cents adjusted for inflation)