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Sep 11, 2019, 04:05 AM
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Devcon also do a specialist 2-part plastic bonder.
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Sep 11, 2019, 10:15 PM
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Replacement struts


when I couldn't find replacements, I just built them out of basswood with some sheet aluminum on the ends to bend to the attachment points. work fine.
Sep 13, 2019, 04:54 PM
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JB Weld makes a plastic bonder that would probably work better than epoxy. I think it's a 2-part polyurethane. Look for the tan syringes where you'd buy their epoxy.
I tried JB Weld reinforced by Kevlar on the bottom and fiberglass on top. It broke on the first flight.
Sep 14, 2019, 11:18 AM
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Can anyone tell me how to remove the nose cone on the Kingfisher spinner?
Sep 14, 2019, 11:41 AM
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Can anyone tell me how to remove the nose cone on the Kingfisher spinner?
I can't remember because I tossed it with the motor after 1st flight. But it could be just screwed on over the prop.
Can't really remember. RTFM. Read the effen manual. ??? Lol
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Sep 14, 2019, 11:44 AM
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The Kingfisher is still my go to float plane. On 4s motor 12 x 6 prop and 3300mah 10min yank and bank flights every time. Fantastic plane for both beginner on 3s and experienced on 4s
Sep 14, 2019, 01:36 PM
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I can't remember because I tossed it with the motor after 1st flight. But it could be just screwed on over the prop.
Can't really remember. RTFM. Read the effen manual. ??? Lol
The conical cap doesn't appear to be a screw on. Manual isn't much help.
Sep 14, 2019, 07:27 PM
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Can anyone tell me how to remove the nose cone on the Kingfisher spinner?
Turns out, it does screw in. I was just unwilling to exert sufficient force to back it off.
Sep 15, 2019, 02:10 PM
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I failed to fix the fuselage wing strut tabs after several tries, so I bought a new fuselage, spending yesterday afternoon swapping out the components. I flew a single test flight this morning. The wind was a crosswind at 8 gusting to 14. The landing was OK, not great, on our club's paved runway (smooth). I set down well, not hard, but a gust caught the wing and the model was flipped onto its nose. No big deal.

On fetching the model the landing gear fuselage was lifted off the foam. There were only two small places were glue had been applied on either side of the fixture. It appears FMS has crap quality control.

Given the poor design of the wing strut fixtures and clear lack of quality control, I cannot recommend this model to anyone.
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Sep 16, 2019, 05:04 AM
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Hi cmd,

Sorry to hear your story of disappointment . Hopefully it's an easy repair job but should not have happened in the first place.

I have a similar story with my Dynam Mustang. After the first 3/4 flights (including mild nose over on our grass field), I noticed the motor felt slightly wobbly. So I did a thorough inspection including complete removal of motor. To my horror, I discovered that the motor was mounted to the firewall with four 5mm long screws . !!!! In reality, only 3 mm (1/8 inch) screw length and cursory amount of hot-melt glue were holding the motor to the firewall.

I replaced all four screws with 1/2 inch long and slightly bigger diameter screws plus smeared with lots of hot-melt glue. This is now rock solid and not going to go anywhere in a hurry .

Must admit though the Stang flies beautifully almost like a trainer model, no frightening spin etc and lands with half flaps like a graceful swan . . I've forgiven all the poor quality control .

Cheers
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Sep 16, 2019, 10:56 AM
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I failed to fix the fuselage wing strut tabs after several tries, so I bought a new fuselage, spending yesterday afternoon swapping out the components. I flew a single test flight this morning. The wind was a crosswind at 8 gusting to 14. The landing was OK, not great, on our club's pave runway (smooth). I set down well, not hard, but a gust caught the wing and the model was flipped onto its nose. No big deal.

On fetching the model the landing gear fuselage was lifted off the foam. There were only two small places were glue had been applied on either side of the fixture. It appears FMS has crap quality control.

Given the poor design of the wing strut fixtures and clear lack of quality control, I cannot recommend this model to anyone.
Sorry to hear your having quality issues with this model, and i am not the only one to feel its letting the side down, my Kingfisher has gone back to gliders UK today for a refund, and i wont be buying an FMS model again, speaking in an honest tone, 150 UKS is the most i have ever spent on one model, and the quality has been the worst, sad to say
I am just about to join a nice local club that has a great spot for power sloping so think the refund will go on a Volantex phoenix V2 2400
Sep 18, 2019, 12:32 PM
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Sorry to hear your having quality issues with this model, and i am not the only one to feel its letting the side down, my Kingfisher has gone back to gliders UK today for a refund, and i wont be buying an FMS model again, speaking in an honest tone, 150 UKS is the most i have ever spent on one model, and the quality has been the worst, sad to say
I am just about to join a nice local club that has a great spot for power sloping so think the refund will go on a Volantex phoenix V2 2400
Cant win them all.
Most of my 37 planes had to have some work on them out of the box, and if not I modified them anyway.
Thats just the way the hobby is these days, get them out faster and cheaper, great for us tinkerers not so good for people looking for value for the bucks the spent.
good luck with your next buy and keep on flying


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