Originally Posted by Brutimus
I'm still flying a ten year old Fiberclassics Extra. Still weighs, and flys the same as it did ten years ago. I bought it 3rd hand 6 years ago- awesome IMAC airframe.
The only thing that would put me off an old wood airframe is when the glue weighs as much as the wood, OR their are repairs on top of repairs. Like, if the gear block has been glued back in so many times there is nothing to glue to except other glue- then it might be time to retire a plane. Or if the covering is so brittle it cracks by touching it. But- where there is a will, there is a way- I'm sure there are 50 year old RC airplanes still getting the snot flown out of them (if the owners can still see them that is).
Me, I have a hard time letting anything go. It takes me months to dial in a plane just the way I like it. Why trade it in as soon as the next best thing comes out? Doesn't make any sense to me!
I here ya, I have a hard time letting go of things myself,(although my ex g/fs would tell a different story but that's for another forum). Anywho, this is my favorite plane and other than the covering which started to peel, it has ZERO! structural repairs. If it lasts 'till the end of the year, i'll mothball it, maybe....