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Help! Tail smashed by giant

Mckee

Active member
#1
So... I caved and for my first plane got a hobbyzone super cub. I love it. I've had it for about a week and despite some wind have only ended up in a tree twice. Anyway, flying with my assistant (6 y/o son), and he slipped while walking up a steep hill cub in hand. Here's the damage. I am thinking of getting a couple of foam plates to cut out a new rudder, and maybe build up the damaged bit of the tail section with heavier foam.
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Ryan O.

Well-known member
#2
So... I caved and for my first plane got a hobbyzone super cub. I love it. I've had it for about a week and despite some wind have only ended up in a tree twice. Anyway, flying with my assistant (6 y/o son), and he slipped while walking up a steep hill cub in hand. Here's the damage. I am thinking of getting a couple of foam plates to cut out a new rudder, and maybe build up the damaged bit of the tail section with heavier foam.
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It lools like all you need is some foam tac, a way to reconnect the rudder servo, a little reinforcement, and she'll be ready to fly. Just be carefyl to put as little wieght as possible in the rear.
 

Mckee

Active member
#5
Foam Tac is on the way. Idk much about foam, but as a boat builder my instincts tell me to cut out and replace the damage bit and to make an entirely new vertical stabilizer. Is that crazy?
 

Mckee

Active member
#8
I had balsa laying around (doesn't everybody?). I added a layer of packing tape on either side (to avoid balsa's tenancy to split along the grain) and re-use the control horn (anchored with hot glue). Then I cut back a strip of the packing tape for better bonding at the glue joint. If it's heavier than the original I can't tell and neither can the plane. My hinge may be a bit stiff.
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