Even the best of us crash but it seems the less experience we have the harder we crash. This was certainly the case when I let my buddy try flying my parkzone ultra micro p51, it is the resident learner plane among my friends and saw its fair share of the ground, trees, and roofs before my friend got his hands on it. But he certainly tested it to and past the limit, as he put it, "plane and earth tried to coexist in the same space, there was only one survivor." That is a painfully accurate description as you can see from the pictures, but I had faith that with the correct application of super glue and tape, she'd be back in the air in no time.
This is not a guide for how to professionally repair a plane, its simply a quick dirty way to get a destroyed plane back in the air. While it may not act quite the same and could require a little trimming I still enjoy the plane after the repair. This probably isnt the way youd want to do this if you have more money than time to spare but, being on a college budget it makes more sense to try get as much life out of this lump of foam before I pick up a new 12.99 body that's necessary to make the plane like new.
Step 1: Asses the Damage
First thing to do after a bad crash is to see how bad it really is. First give everything a visual inspection to see if any electronics could be damaged if you power the plane on. I got lucky here, the motor still spun freely and the board looked like it had only been knocked loose. Next step is to plug a battery in and check all functions (be careful spinning the prop up as it may be fully disconnected from the fues.) All my control surfaces moved fine and I didnt notice any binding as most of the damage was focused on the nose. If the control surfaces were messed up you should be able to strengthen them with tape or in bad cases (you can see on my elevator) small pieces of balsa wood or even fiberglass. Control surface hinges can usually be repaired with a little bit of tape, you want want to be stingy with the tape as too much will just cause binding.
Anyway you just want to look at the damage and see if its something you think you should fix or if youd be better off just getting replacement parts/new plane. For me part of the fun of flying is putting the planes back together after a bad crash so it takes quite a lot to deter me.
The main damage from this crash was the canopy spit towards the nose, the board lifted off from its mount, and the nose split from the rest of the body. While it might look terrible I was pretty confident that I would get it back in the air.