I’m finishing up and Ft Explorer with a Turnigy 9x with a power pack c and a 3s 1800 mAh Battery as far forward as possible to balance the plane out is 2oz of nose weight considered to much weight or is this about a normal weight?
May have been operator error for me, but my wings folded on my maiden flight of my explorer . Tried a loop, and maybe had a bit too much speed. If I build one again, I'll do more of a spar in it than what they recommended. Before that, it flew fine. After that, it was done... Although, I had used dollar tree foam instead of their prebuild kit. Looks nice!!!
That is a nice, clean looking build! I haven't built the Explorer myself, but the wing folding up is a problem I've read that many have had. You might want to looking into some sort of spar for it. A lot of people use carbon fiber arrows and cut the ends off.
Just a general statement on wing strength on the Explorer. The explorer wing spar is a piece of FB with the paper running from front to rear the same as it was done on the TIny Trainer and designs of the same time period. Unfortunately this arrangement on such a heavy model does introduce a severe weakness into the structure. On my build I made my FB spar I made it such that the paper on the spar ran between the lower and upper skins of the wing AND I glued a number of paddle pop sticks across the central wing joint, (I did away with the dihedral completely.
My Explorer lasted for about 18 months before I gifted to another club member!
Just had to add 2 oz on my Explorer running a 3s2200 with B motor, but that was after some tail boom repairs and the addition of a tail wheel. I think the first crash was because it was tail heavy though, so best to always favor the nose weight.
@Headbang gifted me his Explorer and he had done the same as what @Hai-Lee did with the wing, and I think it was the strongest part of the airframe. It served me well and I am hard on planes, just ask him lol