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Old Sep 27, 2011, 12:12 PM
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E-Flite Apprentice - Wing Hold Down Rods Suck

I was given an E-Flite Apprentice 15e trainer plane to have some fun with, and it has never been flown. However, it is 3 years old, and it has been sitting in my Uncles garage gathering dust.

The original rubber bands were weak and dry, so I ordered a new E-Flite replacement set and re-mounted the wing with the new rubber bands. Took the plane out to fly and it is an excellent flying aircraft, but there is a huge quality issue with this plane. The Wing Hold Down Rods that essentially hold the rubber bands and the top wing together, they decided to just snap off on the entire left side of the aircraft, right where the cap is glued on. The caps did not come off, which is what E-Flite indicates as a quality issue, no, the rod itself snapped off. I was only doing a banking turn at maybe 20 miles per hour.

This resulted in the wing swinging around and shearing off the tail section prior to flying off completely, then the fuselage did a nice nose dive from 100 feet to the ground! With lots of epoxy and some new parts, she will fly again.

Upon inspection of the Wing Hold Down Rods, I find that they are extremely cheap, thin, hard, plastic rods, that easily snap with pressure. Has anyone else experienced this, and what is a good alternative to using a plastic toothpick to hold the wings on?
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 04:44 PM
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Mine was newer than yours, now sold, and as I recall mine had sturdy wooden rods with plastic caps. A cap came loose but was easily glued back on. No loss of rubber bands. BTW, any office store sells LARGE bags of bands, choose your size, for cheap!
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 10:17 PM
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Mine was newer than yours, now sold, and as I recall mine had sturdy wooden rods with plastic caps. A cap came loose but was easily glued back on. No loss of rubber bands. BTW, any office store sells LARGE bags of bands, choose your size, for cheap!
That's good to know that the later ones have sturdy rods, so I will order the replacements from E-Flite. Thanks for the tip on the rubber bands.
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I personally don't like to trust wooden or plastic dowels like those. The only way I feel safe is if its either carbon wrapped aluminum, or a solid piece of steel.
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