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How to get a foam ultra micro rc back in the air

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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.
 
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I have that exact some plane, and absolutely no experience flying them... needless to say, I have crashed many, many times. Any tips for a newbie? :D
Keep practicing on simulator. You can crash infinite times on it. Then you go flying in real world when you can fly on the sim without crashing at all.
Jor2daje (author)  generalgeek3142 years ago
also I would recommend not bothering with the rudder when you first learn, just bank and yank, then once you get the hang of it work on coordinated turns.
Thanks for the advice. I've done everything you said below already (minus the simulator). However, this tip was really helpful and was what finally got me under control in the air today :D. In fact, I kinda had no choice because I noticed that the rudder control was broken. The servo makes sound in response to the stick moving, but the linkage only twitches... I taped the rudder inline with the tail of the plane for now, and I think at some point I'll poke around inside and see what's wrong.
Jor2daje (author)  generalgeek3142 years ago
Maybe try flying with lower rates, if youre using the stock transmitter press down the right thumb stick and you will get 75% throws on all the servos making it more docile. Also fly relatively high so you have time to recover if you mess up, and fly over grass so crashes arent too bad. Maybe practice in a simulator if you cant get the hang of it, there are some decent free ones for the iphone, theyre not very realistic but let you figure out orientation which I think is the hardest part. Just keep at it eventually it feels very natural.
macketymac2 years ago
No offence but I think that the fuselage foam in front of the wings are too thin and dosen't look like it will support any crashes.
I don't think real planes would support any crashes and it's the same with the scale models.
macketymac2 years ago
I used to have a Parkzone micro Trojan and I found out that it was such low quality. More of for experienced people. As you can see, the foam in the fuselage is empty in the middle, make it less dense.