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Old Nov 14, 2004, 05:11 PM
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You just can't keep a good Gambler down

I just could not stand to be without my Gambler after "the incident" (see link)
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=294561
So I decided, what the heck, rebuild her. First thing to do was to strip all the old covering off the wing. The ball of oracover transparent weighed 18 grams.
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Old Nov 14, 2004, 05:13 PM
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I used some thick CA to glue the broken spar and TE back together. I used some thin CA to wick into the joint between the sheeting and the rib. I added a strip of CF over the break at the spar and over the broken TE. I also removed the old shattered ribs.
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Old Nov 14, 2004, 05:15 PM
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next step was to make some new ribs, I did this using an x-acto knife to cut out two new ones.
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Old Nov 14, 2004, 05:18 PM
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Since the ribs were intact in front of the spar, I cut the new ribs off at the spar notch and glued them in place.
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Old Nov 14, 2004, 05:22 PM
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The former that holds the wing dowel broke, the one behind it seperated from the fuse sides. I got a crack in the balsa in the fuse, but did not go through the FG. I pieced all the pieces back one by one and secured them back in place with thin CA.
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Old Nov 14, 2004, 05:23 PM
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Wing and fuse fixed. Extra CF was added at panel joints and over breaks.
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Old Nov 14, 2004, 05:27 PM
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Here is my radio layout. I figured while I was adding so much weight, I might as well throw in a micro switch jack. I needed a little more weight up front now anyway. Notice where the balsa tore away on the bottom of the fuse, the FG is still in place so I did not do anything to that spot.
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Old Nov 14, 2004, 05:29 PM
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Weight before crash- 7.2 oz
Weight after with new micro switch jack- 7.6 oz
The MSJ weighed 5 grams.
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Old Nov 14, 2004, 05:35 PM
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Here she is all repaired, she looks as good as new! Thanks for all the encouragement. Right after the crash, I was ready to throw it away. Today I took her out, started with a easy javelin launch, flew beautifully. My heart almost stopped when I saw a dog sprinting after my Gambler. S***, I thought. Luckily, the dog skidded to a stop right in front of it and just stared at it. After the dog left, I wound up for my first discus launch. It went up like a rocket, and on it's first flight back, hooked up with a 3 and a half minute thermal. I was so happy, I almost had a tear in my eye. The moral of the story is no matter how bad it looks, repair it, I am sure glad I did. Even with the .4 new ounces it flew beautiful, I really did not notice the new weight.
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Old Nov 14, 2004, 06:01 PM
RIP Ric
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Well done!
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Old Nov 14, 2004, 10:47 PM
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Wow! Great job Gunnisonflyer, I think we all felt your pain and then your inspiration and to get a nice thermal flight, I was getting choked up! Hope my Gambler can look half as good as yours when I build it. Happy thermals.
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Old Nov 15, 2004, 02:26 AM
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Steinlager, good choice.
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Old Nov 15, 2004, 05:54 AM
build, launch, rekit...
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Most excellent! Thanks for the pics, too. So she has a war wound or two. No biggie.
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Old Nov 15, 2004, 06:02 AM
RIP Ric
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You know, I'm so glad this was posted here and not in "crash discussion" where I personally, and I'm sure many others, would never have seen it!
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Old Nov 15, 2004, 09:30 AM
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Thanks guys-
It was the encouragement I got here that inspired me to fix it. Hopefully, it will motivate other people to fix their broken crunchies. I was really suprised how well it flew.
I did not even know we had a crash forum, hmmmmm...... will have to check it out.
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