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Apr 13, 2014, 08:48 PM
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I broke my SE-5a

I went flying Saturday morning. Behind my runway area is a dumpster belonging to the building next door. A truck arrived to take the dumpster away. I was near the end of the battery and was on approach to final. The truck was about 20 feet behind me and the motor was loud bit not terrible.

As I crossed the threshold, about 5 feet up... the driver thought it would be fun to watch me as he rammed the dumpster while sounding his horn. A jerk of my head, and of my thumb, produced a nose up into a stall and she pancaked onto the asphalt. The driver laughed aloud until he saw me picking up pieces.

He was man enough to stop the truck and come apologize, although he did not offer to make good the damage to my $200 plane.

The fuselage broke in two. All the cabanes sheared and the associated wing and fuselage attach fixtures as well. The undercarriage splayed. The lower wing attach fitting ripped from the fuselage.

It's the broken plastic parts that hurt. I can glue foam together. I figure it will take an upper wing to get the plastic fittings, a new set of cabanes, and probably a new fuselage, because of the broken cabane fittings there.

I may try to fix her without ordering parts and just buy another one, before she is discontinued.
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Apr 13, 2014, 09:14 PM
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I think the last laugh is yours, in that you were spending your saturday in the field and he was spending it working.
Apr 13, 2014, 09:56 PM
foam gone wild!
Sorry about your loss neat plane!
Apr 14, 2014, 11:36 AM
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Sorry Dave.

That driver is a jerk ... to deliberately cause that damage and then to laugh about it.

I have no idea how some people live with themselves.

Apr 20, 2014, 08:10 AM
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The fuselage is repaired. I successfully fabricated a cabane mount. I'm going to wait to fix it in place until the wing is ready. The cabane in question (forward-right) has mounts broken at both top and bottom. The rear-right is broken at the top, on the wing. I purchased the replace parts for the struts.

I'm going to finish all of the repairs so I can assemble the wings to the fuselage and use the assemble as an alignment jig to place and align the two broken mounts. I will then tack them down with a dot of CA, remove the top wing, place a bit of fiberglass around the mount, and inject some epoxy to bond it all together.
Apr 24, 2014, 05:14 PM
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Progress. Except for touch-up paint, she's ready for testing.
May 11, 2014, 10:11 AM
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I got her flying again!
I ended up fabricating two cabane attachment points from pieces cut from a block of oak, left over from a furniture repair.
And I only had one-click of trim change in the ailerons from before the crash.
May 17, 2014, 08:17 PM
foam gone wild!
Congrats on a solid repair
May 17, 2014, 10:15 PM
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Thanks! I flew the SE-5 twice today and it is good to have it back.
May 18, 2014, 10:34 AM
foam gone wild!
Its nice to see someone repair instead of replacing

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