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  • Mine arrived yesterday.
    unboxing later!

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    • Originally posted by SilentPilot View Post
      Mine arrived yesterday.
      unboxing later!
      Just in time for full lockdown!!!

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      • Bloomin typical

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        • Originally posted by demo50 View Post
          Got the new one today. One of the elevator servo arms is one spline off. Really annoying since it is glued.....
          I have several Avanti jets in various "conditions" starting with the first. Take note that all that I have do not have threadlock on the servo arm screw that goes into the metal servo shaft. One model I received only had the screws in part way. They can back out over time. None of them have the paint removed before gluing the servos. I have found 2 types of glue used. One is clear like the tube that comes with it that is good and is like E6000 (my choice) or Amazing Goop. The other is white like a silicone and is less than worthless. It can leave an irremovable film on the servo that prevents other glues from sticking well. I would like to see servo pockets, but that would add to the complexity and cost. I always tape the hinge lines even though they have nylon hinges because eventually foam always rips.

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          • Originally posted by Mach9 View Post

            I have several Avanti jets in various "conditions" starting with the first. Take note that all that I have do not have threadlock on the servo arm screw that goes into the metal servo shaft. One model I received only had the screws in part way. They can back out over time. None of them have the paint removed before gluing the servos. I have found 2 types of glue used. One is clear like the tube that comes with it that is good and is like E6000 (my choice) or Amazing Goop. The other is white like a silicone and is less than worthless. It can leave an irremovable film on the servo that prevents other glues from sticking well. I would like to see servo pockets, but that would add to the complexity and cost. I always tape the hinge lines even though they have nylon hinges because eventually foam always rips.
            I can't really tell what type of glue it is without removing a servo. I pulled on them pretty hard, hard enough that any harder I would have thought would have separated the foam. I did notice the elevator hinge was already tore, before even flying. Used foamtac to fix it.

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            • I've been taking this Avanti every time I go to the field for many years, ever since it first came out. I haven't had any trouble other than routine hangar rash, but recently a wing servo just fell out. Fortunately this happened on the ground, and I glued it back in. But it is worth checking these from time to time.

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              • I think it would be a good idea to use hinge tape on all the control surfaces. Foam will loosen over time and the hinges will not be enough to keep the surfaces from separating.

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                • I just opened mine the other day

                  Initial impressions were of a well packed plane.
                  Secondary impressions revealed a few flaws...

                  Only little things, the main one being the front Gear doors were horribly out of shape but as more time passes with the wheels down it seems to be fixing itself. MotionRC have offered to help sort things but I think I'll be ok. I'll send them a reply and a thankyou for the offer.

                  The canopy is a worry too. I knew it came like this but it is still a concern, I don't buy a PNF plane and expect to glue anything let alone a canopy.
                  What's the best way to do this?


                  Gotta say though, I can't wait to get this in the air!


                  Tony

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                  • Originally posted by SilentPilot View Post
                    I just opened mine the other day

                    Initial impressions were of a well packed plane.
                    Secondary impressions revealed a few flaws...

                    Only little things, the main one being the front Gear doors were horribly out of shape but as more time passes with the wheels down it seems to be fixing itself. MotionRC have offered to help sort things but I think I'll be ok. I'll send them a reply and a thankyou for the offer.

                    The canopy is a worry too. I knew it came like this but it is still a concern, I don't buy a PNF plane and expect to glue anything let alone a canopy.
                    What's the best way to do this?



                    Tony
                    Tony, it sounds like you are saying that the canopy came without being glued on. That's odd, I've never bought a foam aircraft that it didn't come glued on already, including this one. I always have to remove them to upgrade the cockpit or change pilots so I'd rather they came unglued to begin with. No big deal if it came that way, just get yourself some ZAP 560 Canopy glue. Goes on white (looks like Elmers Glue) but dries clear. You will probably also have to put some masking tape on as well to hold it in place and down while drying (24 hours).

                    Regarding the front gear doors being out of shape, mine originally came in good condition but after several months, they developed a severe bow from being held closed in the middle by the spring. I installed some carbon fiber tubes on the inside to straighten them out and they have been fine since then, about a year and a half at least. So if MRC wants to send you new gear doors, I'd take 'em. At least you will have a spare if/when then eventually bow and you'll have a spare to fix. Unfortunately I didn't take a "before" photo, but they were bowed severely.

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                    Hugh "Wildman" Wiedman
                    Hangar: FL/FW: A-10 Arctic Thunder, 90mm F18 Canadian Demo, F16 Wild Weasel, F4 Phantom, F4 Blue Angel, 1600mm Corsair & Spitfire, Olive & Silver B-24, Stinger 90, Red 80mm Avanti. Extreme Flight-Slick 60, 60" Extra 300 V2, 62" MXS Heavy Metal, 62" MXS Green, 62" Demonstrator. FMS-1700mm P-51, Red Bull Corsair. E-Flite-70mm twin SU-30, Beast Bi-Plane 60", P2 Bi-Plane, P-51, Apprentice.

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                    • Originally posted by Hugh Wiedman View Post

                      Regarding the front gear doors being out of shape, mine originally came in good condition but after several months, they developed a severe bow from being held closed in the middle by the spring. I installed some carbon fiber tubes on the inside to straighten them out and they have been fine since then, about a year and a half at least.
                      I think this is a characteristic of the design...many Avantis (including mine) have doors that look like Jewel's teeth. Good idea putting on braces, I might try that.

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                      • I was thinking of putting a stopper behind the doors when closed so they can’t be pulled out of shape.

                        Short term though I’m just going to store it either with the gear down or (more likely) with a block holding the doors slightly open.

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