by Jim Booker
Flying ParkZone's T-28 Trojan and F4U Corsair is great fun. And even if you happen to crash (it happens sometimes to the best of us), there’s no reason to let it put a damper on your fun. These ParkZone planes are very easy to repair. Their construction is very similar, so repair procedures are basically the same for both.
There are two types of repairs for these models. You can either repair the broken part, or replace a part with a new one. If your model has been damaged, take a quick look at it, and decide which type you think is best.
Repair the Broken Part
Most broken parts and definitely all of the foam parts, such as the wing, tail, and fuselage, can be repaired. Most of the foam components can be glued together with regular CA or RC 56 Canopy glue. The horizontal tail does require a foam-safe CA adhesive or RC 56 Canopy glue.
The important element is to make sure the repaired part is straight without warps or twists. This will ensure the model flies just as well as when it was new.
If the plastic cowling is damaged in a hard landing, you can repair it using CA adhesives if the damage is not severe.
Replace the Broken Part
The second method of repair is to simply replace the broken parts. For example, a damaged motor mount must be replaced, so that it maintains the structural integrity necessary to fly the model. Since all of the parts are available separately for the Corsair and the Trojan, you'll find that replacement is quick and easy, giving you an excellent result.
When you replace broken parts with new ones, you should also purchase the decal sheet for your model. Replacement parts don’t include decal insignia markings, so you should replace them. The receiver, servos, motor, and speed control must also be removed from a broken wing or fuselage and remounted in the replacement part.
After you've completed the repair or replacement, check your model to make sure all the components are in proper alignment and the radio is working properly.
Ready to Fly
As you do your repairs, you'll discover that the process is part of the fun of being a modeler. Future mishaps may require more repairs, but, as you'll find, it's easy and quick to get the model back to the field. Your model will look like new again and be ready to provide many more great flying experiences.