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From: "kb11troy" <kb10troy@...>
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 5:57 AM
Subject: Re: Durability and lightness
--- In BugHLG@yahoogroups.com, "raincityflyer" <lewis08@...> wrote: > > Durability is an interesting tradeoff. I once complained to the designer of the Little Nipper/Seeker/Swyft about things being fragile and not surviving my "landings". > > His response has served me well. Everything needs to be strong enough without being too heavy. And besides, eventually you stop crashing. My goal is 100% hand catch and that takes a lot of wear and tear off the airframe. I'll come back early rather than stay our there too long. Less walking that way too! > > FWIW - I've never broken a CF push rod in a crash. I've found that their flexibility has even saved a rudder or two when I've missed a pop-up hand catch and dropped the poor thing on its tail. > > There are lots of options and everyone has their own experience with them. > > Alan - I'll try to make some progress this weekend on the tail group and post some photos for you. > > Chris in Seattle > > > Quite right of course- my experience with it is anecdotal. The DLG guys in another forum I read (RCG Handlaunch)say that carbon push rods are the lightest pushrod alternative, but that they don't survive crashes nearly as well as wire pushrods. I will say this in favor of wire pushrods- they don't require any fancy measures to terminate. Z-bend on the end at the servo and a simple L-bend with a piece of servo wire insulation as a keeper at the control horn end. :) Rick