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Old Mar 09, 2003, 04:32 PM
Prospector
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Hobbico Superstar 40 Select RTF question

Hi to all in the group! I recently purchased this plane from my LHS
(last one they had in stock). Have not flown it yet but I have got it
assembled. I noticed a slight popping sound when the ailerons are
operated. Tracked it down to loose torque rods in the ailerons
themselves. Is this normal in all Superstar 40's ? I would have
thought that the Hobbico builder would have used epoxy glue to set
the torque rods into the ailerons. It appears that no glue at all was
used on the torque rods. Now I will worry that aileron flutter will
eventually develop leading to aileron failure and a crash. To remedy
the situation I would have to rip out or slice thru the aileron hinges
to get the ailerons off and set the torque rods in epoxy, then
re-install the ailerons with new hinges. What would you do? Thanks.
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Prospector
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Old Mar 09, 2003, 09:42 PM
Guy Fuller
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Re: Hobbico Superstar 40 Select RTF question

I had the same thing happen this last summer and just used thin c/a wicked
into the hole with the wire in place. worked very well and is still
working.


"Prospector" <zip@zip> wrote in message
news:vrcn6v8gn6o8f4u3l997122jfhvc6knjb5@4ax.com...
> Hi to all in the group! I recently purchased this plane from my LHS
> (last one they had in stock). Have not flown it yet but I have got it
> assembled. I noticed a slight popping sound when the ailerons are
> operated. Tracked it down to loose torque rods in the ailerons
> themselves. Is this normal in all Superstar 40's ? I would have
> thought that the Hobbico builder would have used epoxy glue to set
> the torque rods into the ailerons. It appears that no glue at all was
> used on the torque rods. Now I will worry that aileron flutter will
> eventually develop leading to aileron failure and a crash. To remedy
> the situation I would have to rip out or slice thru the aileron hinges
> to get the ailerons off and set the torque rods in epoxy, then
> re-install the ailerons with new hinges. What would you do? Thanks.
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> Prospector
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Old Mar 09, 2003, 10:12 PM
Prospector
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Re: Hobbico Superstar 40 Select RTF question

Guy, thanks for your help. Thats what I'll do. I was wondering if that
would work and be sufficient. Since yours is holding up well, mine
should too. Sure beats tearing off the ailerons to re-do it. Happy
safe flying, Guy!
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Prospector
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On Sun, 9 Mar 2003 20:31:51 -0700, "Guy Fuller"
<starcad@mindspring.com> wrote:

>I had the same thing happen this last summer and just used thin c/a wicked
>into the hole with the wire in place. worked very well and is still
>working.
>
>
>"Prospector" <zip@zip> wrote in message
>news:vrcn6v8gn6o8f4u3l997122jfhvc6knjb5@4ax.com.. .
>> Hi to all in the group! I recently purchased this plane from my LHS
>> (last one they had in stock). Have not flown it yet but I have got it
>> assembled. I noticed a slight popping sound when the ailerons are
>> operated. Tracked it down to loose torque rods in the ailerons
>> themselves. Is this normal in all Superstar 40's ? I would have
>> thought that the Hobbico builder would have used epoxy glue to set
>> the torque rods into the ailerons. It appears that no glue at all was
>> used on the torque rods. Now I will worry that aileron flutter will
>> eventually develop leading to aileron failure and a crash. To remedy
>> the situation I would have to rip out or slice thru the aileron hinges
>> to get the ailerons off and set the torque rods in epoxy, then
>> re-install the ailerons with new hinges. What would you do? Thanks.
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>> Prospector
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Old Mar 10, 2003, 04:32 PM
Margaret Campanelli
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Re: Hobbico Superstar 40 Select RTF question

I have the SuperStar 40. A tip - disregard the throws stated in the
manual. Set your throws for minimum (about 1/2 of what the manual
states). With the throws set at the manual's settings the plane is
EXTREMELY sensitive. I ran an OS 46 FX with an APC 11 x 7 on Byron 10%.
All kinds of power.

BTW - The SuperStar 40 will fly inverted and do quite a few aerobatics
also.

The plane has since been converted to a tail dragger and is still doing
fine.


Prospector wrote:

>Hi to all in the group! I recently purchased this plane from my LHS
>(last one they had in stock). Have not flown it yet but I have got it
>assembled. I noticed a slight popping sound when the ailerons are
>operated. Tracked it down to loose torque rods in the ailerons
>themselves. Is this normal in all Superstar 40's ? I would have
>thought that the Hobbico builder would have used epoxy glue to set
>the torque rods into the ailerons. It appears that no glue at all was
>used on the torque rods. Now I will worry that aileron flutter will
>eventually develop leading to aileron failure and a crash. To remedy
>the situation I would have to rip out or slice thru the aileron hinges
>to get the ailerons off and set the torque rods in epoxy, then
>re-install the ailerons with new hinges. What would you do? Thanks.
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