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 Post subject: Velox down!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:11 pm 
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Figures, just when the engine was getting good and broke in, I broke the plane! :face
Eddie Acoba was at the field yesterday and was coaching me through learning blenders and pop tops. Just about the time I was getting the timing right, I did a pop top and one of the wing retaining bolts snapped. The right wing slid about 3" out on the wing tube and was free to rotate. :shock: Let me tell you, that makes it REALLY hard to fly! I tried my best, but it just wasn't controllable. I killed the engine and put it into a spin, hoping to slow the descent rate enough to prevent total destruction. That it did, but the damage is still pretty severe, mainly from the wing tube forward on the right side of the fuselage. There's slight damage to the right wing root, no damage to the left wing or tail.

Since this is already the second life for this airframe, I think I will retire the fuselage and recycle the wings and tail into something... else. 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Velox down!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:36 pm 
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Sorry Chris!

But just look at it this way - just another opportunity to get a new airplane. :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Velox down!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:42 pm 
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Yep, I wasn't really upset about it. I rescued this one from the trash heap once already, and was thinking about a different airframe for the DLE-20 anyway.
I also had issues with my Fusion 550 yesterday, when I went to fly it I noticed three missing teeth from the main gear and have no idea how that happened. Grrr... my fleet is starting to irritate me!

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 Post subject: Re: Velox down!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:48 pm 
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Good thing it went in doing something new!

Now you can get one of those Pilot trainers or a stick!

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 Post subject: Re: Velox down!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:01 pm 
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That really doesn't look that bad...

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 Post subject: Re: Velox down!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:26 pm 
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Should we start guessing what new fleet Chris will end up with?

I bet an HD500 might be on the short list. Possibly an x3 as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Velox down!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:33 pm 
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Grrr... my fleet is starting to irritate me!


So should I put in an offer on the Logo now before something happens? :D

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 Post subject: Re: Velox down!
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:12 am 
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karl k wrote:
Should we start guessing what new fleet Chris will end up with?

I bet an HD500 might be on the short list. Possibly an x3 as well.

I'm not too sure about those, Karl. I saw a 450L Dominator this weekend and was really impressed. I think at this point I'd choose that over the X3! And the HD500 is cool, but you know it's going to be wicked expensive...

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So should I put in an offer on the Logo now before something happens? :D

Tom M

Might not be a bad idea, Tom. ;)

So now I'm faced with a decision about the Velox. I've pondered it since Saturday, and here are my options. I figure I'll let you guys help me make up my mind! :lol:

1. Sell the entire thing and decide if I want another big plane.
2. Sell the airframe and get something else for my existing radio and engine
3. Re-use the wings / tail and build a 'stik-type' fuselage
4. Fix it and keep flying as a "third life" Velox
5. Have a bonfire. :twisted:

Let's look at the options:

1. I considered this because 20cc is kindof a 'bastard' size, with not too many choices for good airframes out there. 30cc is much more popular, but of course I don't have a 30cc engine. This would obviously be the most expensive option, assuming I get another big gasser.

2. This seems like the easy choice, except for that lack of good airframes! There's always the Pilot RC Trainer, but I wonder if it's going to satisfy my newly formed interest in things like Blenders and Pop Tops? :thinking I've read that some guys are putting the DLE-20 in the .60/.90 size U-Can-Dowith fun results. I've also seen videos of the DLE-20 in the Revolver 70. I also found some reference to it being good for the Hangar 9 Twist 150, but that model is no longer available. And lastly (because I'm not wild about profiles) there are several profile models that are designed specifically for the DLE-20. There's anSBach, Yak-54, and an Extra 330.

3. This option would end up somewhere between the profile and the 'U-Can-Do' type model as far as looks. It would be fairly simple to do, but I'm not sure I want to go to the hassle.

4. I don't think this would be too much of a bad job, but then again I haven't stripped the covering to see just how bad it is. There are a lot of loose pieces rattling around inside the crushed fuselage. :face

5. Just kidding, but it's always an option. :tongue

So, any advice you guys can offer would be considered and appreciated. :thumbup:

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 Post subject: Re: Velox down!
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:31 am 
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Can you get a replacement fuse?

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 Post subject: Re: Velox down!
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:59 am 
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Nope, all they show on their site is a replacement motor box (which I don't think I need).

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