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Offline davidk

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Apprentice Assembly
« on: June 01, 2019, 11:35:03 am »
With reverence to those who are builders, I hope you don't mind an assembly question on this board.

Following sage advice from TEMAC members I got an Apprentice S 15e.

Any advice/suggestions for assembly?  Mistakes that new guys usually make?

Thanks



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Re: Apprentice Assembly
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2019, 01:26:53 pm »
While it is not a male thing to commonly do, I would suggest following the instructions to the T.  Then when our experts conduct a preflight check with you and maiden the aircraft, we'll see how well you have done.  Great choice of plane. 

Now your left hand will have something more to do than just thinking about playing with the throttle.  ;D


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Re: Apprentice Assembly
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2019, 02:27:36 pm »
Will do. Cheers.

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Re: Apprentice Assembly
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2019, 03:54:15 pm »
Assembled my Apprentice a couple of months ago. Very straightforward. Took about hour
I also had a YouTube video going. It more confirmed that each step I was doing was correct, than actually instructional
Happy to show you next time we're at the field
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Re: Apprentice Assembly
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2019, 05:02:26 pm »
Hello DavidK:

Mark mentioned YouTube videos. Here’s a playlist for the Apprentice S15e by “RC Instructor”. Covers assembly and many more things.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYh_qwOIg5a8JYjnKAUSGumSF2cExN2iY

Bruce is right though - reading and following the instructions should do it!

If you get stuck we can help you when you get to the field for flight training.

Regards,

Richard B.



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Re: Apprentice Assembly
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2019, 06:47:22 pm »
Excellent... thanks guys... assembling tomorrow.  Right now I'm just enjoying looking at all the pieces.

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Re: Apprentice Assembly
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2019, 10:17:43 pm »
David,

The most important thing is not in the instruction booklet..... Pick your instructor very carefully.   ;)

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Re: Apprentice Assembly
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2019, 11:29:10 pm »
It's on page 7.

SAFE : Senior Assisted Envelope Technology

SAFE technology is a revolutionary flight training system, provided by TEMAC Flight Instructors, designed to give you a stable platform for safely developing your flying skills.  This is not an autopilot or self-guiding robot, but rather the fellow standing next you with his finger literally on the button ready to save your bacon.

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Re: Apprentice Assembly
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2019, 02:56:57 pm »
With gentle take-offs and landings (thanks to Bruce), in gale-force winds, the tail of a one-day old Apprentice looked like it had been strafed by all the warbirds flying that day.  The decal laminate was shredded and separating.  http://temac.ca/smf/index.php/topic,6997.0.html

I called E-Flite today and they called back in an hour... pretty good.  I told my story and without hesitation or question a new tail assembly is on it's way.  The fellow I spoke to said that whenever he takes a new Apprentice out of the box, he immediately tapes all the leading edges of the tail and wings.  Not a great testimonial for quality control of manufacturing, but excellent for customer service.

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Re: Apprentice Assembly
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2019, 06:01:21 pm »
re: .....he immediately tapes all the leading edges of the tail and wings.

Why should you be their quality control department??

Frank

ps: photo taken after first flight!
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Re: Apprentice Assembly
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2019, 12:12:47 pm »
Look at that poor elevator.  :-[

I've got it all taped back together, elevator, rudder, all leading edges... trailing edges too.  If there was an edge... it got taped.

Too bad I'll have to do it again to the new tail section... seems a pity.

I wonder if hot glue would melt the laminate and foam?  A light bead applied and then wiped off should seal those edges.  Anyone tried that?

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Re: Apprentice Assembly
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2019, 03:06:33 pm »
Re: A light bead applied and then wiped off should seal those edges.  Anyone tried that?

It's hot and it hurts.

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Re: Apprentice Assembly
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2019, 03:37:43 pm »
Not with my fingers... not again.  Did that on the Simple Cub... my first hot glue burn... yikes that smarted.

The guys on FliteTest, Josh in particular, does it all the time but once admitted he's got no feeling left in his fingertips.