Originally Posted by efether
Next, I'd like to say the Bandit explodes spectacularly upon impact, and is completely unsalvageable. IMHO, the "fiber fusion" does not allow for impact with the ground at any speed. The balsa simply exploded...there wasn't enough mass there to absorb the impact and simply popped, while the CF rods remained. Whether this effect is the result of soft balsa or cheaper wood with the expectation that the CF makes it better ... or something else, all I can say is, it doesn't take crashes well at all (same with my Addiction...it breaks easily upon any ground touches. I've repaired both wing tips repeatedly).
Although my Bandit is still flying I agree completely, the structure simply has no ability to take impact at all and although this is not the intention with an RC plane it happens and it would be nice if they could take a minor hit without having to rebuild half the plane.
I rebuilt the side frames and formers through the hatch area twice now, the first time a gust of wind flipped the plane over whilst stationary. Damage was two crushed wing tips, pushed in side frames and formers shattered, the second time was a pancaked landing and same sort of damage to the fuselage, after that one I rebuilt it with full CF formers and cross bracing.