After the episode a few weeks ago about which I posted two posts up I re-epoxied (er, "methylacrylated") the motor mount, and did the same to the tail section after discovering a crack was causing the whole tail to displace, screwing around with the control throws--whoops. I finally made it back outside with the plane yesterday...
... and I finally did it, it being able to fly the thing! (Still can't land reliably
) I flew it for two solid batteries-worth of time, probably 25-30 minutes, right turns, left turns, figure eights, fast, slow, upwind, downwind, high, low.
Then I augered it in at when the second battery ran out abruptly, cracking the fuselage's midsection at the level of the battery box clean through and cracking the motor mount again circumferentially in a different place. Oh, and the servo came loose and something in the electronics went awry sufficiently that the plane didn't respond to anything even after putting in a fresh battery.
Thus the plane has now been retired to the dumpster after pulling out the servo, rubber bands, and spare propeller for possible future use. I figured that it had served its purpose and was certainly the worse for wear after yesterday's outing.
In a month or three I plan on getting another plane, both to help me learn how to land
and for my wife to continue to crash and learn on. Should I just go with the cheapest WingDragon or is there something more durable yet? Ability to accept 3s Lipo is a big plus as I have 1 NiMh pack of that size and three Zippy 20C 3s Lipos sitting around now.