Sidewayskiwi
Lost a servo on landing flare 10-15ft 
Couldn't recover managed to get it down to there after two unsolicited snap rolls
Snapped to the right inverted nose down 
After nearly three years and nearly 100 flights its like losing a friend
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solentlife
I feel for you .... 

I near cried when my Zlin Z50 went in .... amazing machine ... - but ALL my fault.
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JTiger
I have an F-18 V3 I would feel the same way about. It was my second plane I think and I built it 4 or 5 years ago now. 
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solentlife
Maybe its just me - but I cannot help thinking that models do not last as long now as they used to.

In the 80's ... 90's .... I would think nothing of a model being literally indefinite. Today - if it lasts a year or so - I'm amazed !

I have noted the overall change in construction plus of course the introduction of Foam sheet / mouldings. Years ago - slab sides, doublers and sheet surfaces were common .... today similar models would be skeletal framing and weaker.
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DualDesertEagle
solentlife wrote:
Maybe its just me - but I cannot help thinking that models do not last as long now as they used to.

In the 80's ... 90's .... I would think nothing of a model being literally indefinite. Today - if it lasts a year or so - I'm amazed !

I have noted the overall change in construction plus of course the introduction of Foam sheet / mouldings. Years ago - slab sides, doublers and sheet surfaces were common .... today similar models would be skeletal framing and weaker.


It's not only the construction methods that have changed, but due to the modern ones reducing the costs and weight while in most cases increasing the strength we also fly them alot more aggressive.

Simple example:

My first RC plane was what used to be a free flight glider that u would just toss lightly off the top of a slope and see how far it got before it landed one way or the other.
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And yes, that's a Balsa rib and spar wing right there.

I found that thing stickin' out of a garbage can with the wing broken in half and the covering torn in many places. I glued the wing halves back together, put new covering on (a very thin, slightly tranlucent paper which I spread special tensioning paint on, a lengthy process) and then made holes in the blue nose section to put 2 servos, a receiver an a battery in to make it a remote control glider with rudder and elevator.

And then, in front of my very skeptical mother who was worried about the money I had already sunken in that thing at that point, I gave the whole thing a toss off the top of a slope and put my right hand on the unguarded control stick of my 2 channel 27MHz remote control as fast as I could, expecting the worst.

With my knees shaking I watched the thing fly straight as a laser for a bit before I finally dared to give it a slight rudder input and fly a turn. It flew great and seeing that my mother was finally convinced that I didn't waste my pocket money, but when it touched down it did so asymmetrically and did a 180, making me wince.

With that thing it was not my flying style that kept breaking it, it was my bad luck with the wind. Once I was taking it back to where it did its maiden flight and suddenly a wind gust pushed the wing between my legs as I was walking, and before I could react one of the outer parts of the wing already broke off. And that was before I even got to fly! What ultimately caused it to be a total loss was when a side gust rolled it over at low altitude and it absolutely SMASHED the wing.

But having grown out of pure gliding from high spots until the plane inevitably landed I got myself a Hype / Reely Sky Hawk some time later, which had a plastic fuselage and hard foam wings. With that I flew relatively reckless, not only coz it turned out to be stronger and there were plenty of spare parts for it, but also coz I got more confident the more I flew that thing, quickly doing my first loops and some time near its replacement even a badly butchered barrel roll, which was the most it could do with only rudder and elevator.

That plane with its tendency to stall and almost crash when just launched while standing still was also where I learned to run-launch heavier planes like it.

And then came the RC-Powers planes, to skip a few. And they have been REALLY tough so far, my X-31 having survived a nose dive into the ground after it rolled over after launch, and inbetween was my Profile BF-109 which even survived a nose dive from TWENTY METERS just coz it landed in some tall grass.

And there's definitely a huge difference between my very cautious flying style of that 2 channel glider, where I barely gave it any input most of the time, and the RC Powers planes where I can jerk the sticks around like no tomorrow without crashing the plane.
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solentlife
Strength ? If I compare my original WOT4 of the 80's with my WOT4 today .... the 80's version was stronger and in my mind far more capable of carrying the same spec'd motor power. In fact the Wot4 today I have had to repair the model after the motor box literally just fell apart in flight.
I replaced with alloy standoffs and she's now much better.

I have various medium large models ... Extreme Flight ... Hyperion etc. and the fuselages are skeletal stick jobs ... my PA Katana is so weak on this - I actually snapped a fuselage longeron when picking it up !

I agree we are more aggressive in our flight ... I think partly because our servos are far faster than they were ... smaller but greater torque ... radios are better ... 
Even though I had the Rolls Royce of radios in the 80's ... JR Propo ... its control response and servos are slower than the budget stuff we buy today. I actually tried one of my old JR 101 servos in a model of todays style ... I soon ripped it out and stuck a modern servo in !! That 101 had been in an aerobatic pattern machine of mine in the 80's ... 
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